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A+ Isla Vista Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Isla Vista Cost of Living Cost of living is 1% higher than California
Isla Vista
14040% more expensive than the US average
13838% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Isla Vista cost of living
F Isla Vista Crime Total crime is 43% higher than California
Total crime
4,21453% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2453% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-3%Year over year crime is down
Isla Vista crime
F Isla Vista Employment Household income is 65% lower than California
Median household income
$22,30460% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$9,60468% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
8%62% higher than the US average
Isla Vista employment
F Isla Vista Housing Home value is 5% higher than California
Median home value
$428,100132% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,39947% higher than the US average
Home ownership
2%98% lower than the US average
Isla Vista real estate or Isla Vista rentals
C Isla Vista Schools HS graduation rate is 5% higher than California
High school grad. rates
84%1% higher than the US average
School test scores
51%4% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
n/aequal to the US average
Isla Vista K-12 schools

Living in Isla Vista, CA

Isla Vista is a mid-sized city located in the state of California. The city has a population of 27,179 residents. Isla Vista has a population density of 14,692 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. Isla Vista could be a great place for young adults and students as the average age of 21 years old is below the nation’s average.

Living in Isla Vista can be a great experience for anyone relocating to the area. Having said that, in the state of California, there are many incredible places to live, so choose wisely! Finding the best places to live in Isla Vista and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes cost of living, weather, employment and other important metrics.

Using data and statistics Isla Vista has received a livability score of 56 out of 100. This score is ranked in the 8th percentile when compared to all other cities. This is a poor rating when compared to the average of other places in the country. In fact, Isla Vista actually ranks among the lowest 10 percentile of cities across the nation. Based on the scores for each individual category, Isla Vista has received high marks for amenities (A+) and weather (A-). There is at least one category that you should be aware of in Isla Vista. The following was graded with a less than perfect score: crime (F), cost of living (F), employment (F) and housing (F).

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Isla Vista, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do.

Isla Vista real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Isla Vista. Median real estate prices in Isla Vista come in at $428,100, which is 4.6% higher than the California average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Isla Vista, the home price to income ratio is 19.2, which is 200% higher than the California average.

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Compare Isla Vista, CA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Isla Vista, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Mesa, Santa Barbara717.810,372
Las Positas, Santa Barbara716.75,327
Upper State, Santa Barbara69714,832
Westside, Santa Barbara658.116,009
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Waterfront, Santa Barbara5910.22,410
Eastside, Santa Barbara5810.310,899
Downtown, Santa Barbara578.619,688
Riviera, Santa Barbara5410.47,767

Best Cities Near Isla Vista, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Montecito, CA8213.29,193
Mission Canyon, CA818.62,769
Buellton, CA7523.75,021
Summerland, CA7515.11,146
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Los Olivos, CA7522.6871
Goleta, CA741.430,671
Channel Islands Beach, CA7240.12,954
Toro Canyon, CA7216.91,714

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Isla Vista, La - A Busy City

Living in Isla Vista, La can be challenging, but has some advantages worth getting used to.
First off, the weather in the city is amazing. I love the fact that winter weathers fail to reach anything below 20 degrees; zero degree weathers can be tough for me. Now, the income per capita is a big concern. Compared to the national average, Isla Vista is 69% lower than other cities. The violent crime rate is excessive, nearly 100% higher than the average in the nation. Now, this puzzles me, because the cost of living in every category from housing to goods and services, exceeds the national average, housing costs are over 100% higher.

The educational system, pertaining to student test scores, is nearly average. The poverty level is over 300% higher than the average in the nation. This city appears [on paper] to be a tough city to live in. However, the number of amenities in the city is extremely excessive: fitness, shopping, parks, coffee shops, bars, public transportation, etc. A population of under 28,000, but this city can get extremely busy, if you are a fan of the busy life.

Many people thrive in a busy city. It can be very neighbor interactive. The best areas to live near Isla Vista are Downtown Santa Barbara, which is just nine miles away from the city, and Motecito, which is just under 15 miles away from the city.
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Source: The Isla Vista, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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