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A+ Laguna Beach Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Laguna Beach Cost of Living Cost of living is 85% higher than California
Laguna Beach
256156% more expensive than the US average
13838% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Laguna Beach cost of living
D+ Laguna Beach Crime Total crime is 4% lower than California
Total crime
2,8333% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 363% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
5%Year over year crime is up
Laguna Beach crime
A- Laguna Beach Employment Household income is 58% higher than California
Median household income
$100,50682% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$80,303169% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%8% lower than the US average
Laguna Beach employment
D+ Laguna Beach Housing Home value is 240% higher than California
Median home value
$1,390,500653% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$2,028114% higher than the US average
Home ownership
61%5% lower than the US average
Laguna Beach real estate or Laguna Beach rentals
A+ Laguna Beach Schools HS graduation rate is 21% higher than California
High school grad. rates
97%17% higher than the US average
School test scores
72%46% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
22:137% higher than the US average
Laguna Beach K-12 schools or Laguna Beach colleges

Living in Laguna Beach, CA

Laguna Beach is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. The city has a population of 23,204 people. If we look at the most recent Census, Laguna Beach is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Asian and Black. Laguna Beach is considered to be a city with an aging population. The average age of all residents is 51, which is well beyond the United States median age average. If you are looking for a family friendly city, Laguna Beach might be a good fit as 86% of the population over 15 years old are married, and 69% have kids who are 18 years old or younger.

Are you trying to figure out if living in Laguna Beach is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a good experience before moving to any new city in California, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. To help you find the best places to live in and around Laguna Beach, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, crime, cost of living, weather, education and more.

Using data and statistics Laguna Beach has received a livability score of 76/100. This score is ranked in the 86th percentile when compared to all other cities. Based on this score, Laguna Beach would be considered a very livable city! Based on the rankings for each individual category, Laguna Beach has received high marks for amenities (A+), weather (A+), education (A+) and employment (A-). There are some categories that Laguna Beach ranks poorly for, including: crime (F) and cost of living (F). It might be worth taking a closer look to find out why.

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Laguna Beach 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 notable things to do include: Laguna Beach, Crystal Cove State Park, and Main Beach.

School test scores can be an important metric in deciding if the local area schools can provide a solid educational system for children. The schools in Laguna Beach have a test score average of 72%, which is well above the US average.

Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Laguna Beach. 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 Laguna Beach are affordable. The median home price for Laguna Beach homes is $1,390,500, which is 239.7% higher than the California average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Laguna Beach, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 13.8, which is 115.6% higher than the California average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Laguna Beach will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Laguna Beach, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 0.8%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 7.1%.

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Compare Laguna Beach, CA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Laguna Beach, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Great Park, Irvine867.3185
Turtle Rock, Irvine817.510,223
Oak Creek, Irvine819.111,939
Woodbridge, Irvine809.625,315
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Northwood Point, Irvine8012.24,857
University Park, Irvine808.88,436
West Park, Irvine8010.323,037
Walnut Village, Irvine7911.59,197

Best Cities Near Laguna Beach, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Hermosa Beach, CA8542.719,726
Manhattan Beach, CA8443.635,573
Newport Beach, CA8310.986,813
Laguna Woods, CA835.216,347
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Irvine, CA829.4246,992
Rolling Hills, CA8236.81,760
Aliso Viejo, CA823.250,219
Ladera Ranch, CA82727,121

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Laguna Beach: My Home Sweet Home!

Laguna Beach has been my home my whole life and I absolutely love this city! The beautiful sunsets on the amazing beaches are like no other. The weather is so amazing especially in the summers. The winters are also very mild so if you like warmer weather you would love Laguna Beach!

There is a lot to see and do in the community. There are a number of bars and restaurants to hangout at or to grab a quick bite. Nick's Laguna Beach is definitely my favorite place to grab a bite to eat. The food is delicious! I also love The Loft too; the views are incredible! Living in Laguna Beach you definitely get that small town feel that makes it really feel like home. One negative aspect I find about the city is that the traffic can get kind of heavy from time to time.

It can be pretty expensive to live in the Laguna Beach area. The area is definitely a sought after place to live in California. The best areas in Laguna Beach are probably Main Beach and Aliso Beach Park. Both are gorgeous beaches and fun for surfing!
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Source: The Laguna Beach, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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