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A+ Indio Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Indio Cost of Living Cost of living is 18% lower than California
Indio
11313% more expensive than the US average
California
13838% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Indio cost of living
F Indio Crime Total crime is 10% higher than California
Total crime
3,24918% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 3118% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
5%Year over year crime is up
Indio crime
F Indio Employment Household income is 22% lower than California
Median household income
$49,55110% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$22,24925% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
7%55% higher than the US average
Indio employment
D Indio Housing Home value is 44% lower than California
Median home value
$230,30025% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,05511% higher than the US average
Home ownership
64%1% higher than the US average
Indio real estate or Indio rentals
F Indio Schools HS graduation rate is 11% lower than California
High school grad. rates
71%14% lower than the US average
School test scores
27%45% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
21:130% higher than the US average
Indio K-12 schools or Indio colleges

Living in Indio, CA

Indio is a mid-sized city located in the state of California. The city has a population of 85,401 people. More than a quarter of the residents of Indio identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino, and 53% of the population speak Spanish as their primary or secondary language. If finding a family friendly city is important to you, look no further. With more than 71% of the population considered married and 59% with kids under the age of 18, Indio could be considered a very suitable city for families.

Are you trying to ascertain if living in Indio is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a fulfilling experience before relocating to any new city in California, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. Finding the best places to live in Indio and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes amenities, cost of living, education, employment, housing and other important metrics.

With a livability score of 63 out of 100, Indio is ranked #20,233 in the United States and #803 in California. Based on the scores for each individual category, Indio has received high marks for amenities (A+) and weather (A-). Unfortunately for Indio, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: crime (D), cost of living (F), education (F), employment (F) and housing (D).

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Indio has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: Shield's Date Farm, Fantasy Springs Casino, and The Golf Club at Terra Lago.

Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Indio. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Indio are affordable. The median home price for Indio homes is $230,300, which is 43.7% lower than the California average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Indio, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 4.7, which is 26.6% lower than the California average. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in Indio were 7.2%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 8.2%.

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You'll love visiting Indio, California, nicknamed "The City of Festivals." Located in Riverside County, it's only 26 miles east of Palm Springs, 70 miles east of Riverside and 125 miles east of Los Angeles. One of our city's best features is the climate. Since we are surrounded by three different mountain ranges, we have very warm winters with little rainfall. So if you like sunshine, this is the place to be! I moved to Indo from Los Angeles and love living here in a smaller town with the palm trees lining our downtown streets and mountains in the background. My favorite restaurant is Jackalope Ranch, offering the best tamales you've ever had. It's a lodge with beautiful landscaping, with an indoor saloon. The restaurant specializes in California Ranch cuisine and is reasonably priced.

Another reason I love living here is for the festivals. Our most popular festival is the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, a three-day music and arts festival held at the Empire Polo Club the last week of April. You'll hear all sorts of music, from rock, hip hop and electronic music. There are beautiful art sculptures to admire as well. The other very popular festival is the Southwest Arts Festival held in January. We attract artists from all over the world, so there is always something here for everyone.

If you've never been here before, you'll want to take in a polo match at the Empire Polo Club. Besides seeing a polo match, you'll see Medjhool Lake, the Rose Garden, the Forum, and the Hacienda del Toro. These venues all offer something unique to the Polo Club. The Medjhool Lake offers a tranquil walkway by the lake with lush foliage and majestic palm trees. The Rose Garden, of course, offers three acres of rose gardens. The Forum was designed for parties, tradeshows and an art and balloon festival. It's surrounded by the Santa Rosa Mountains with spectacular views. Hacienda del Toro is home to landscaped gardens that features a bird aviary with sparkling waterfalls, all on three acres. Being from Los Angeles, I do miss some of the fabulous shops.
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