Lake Forest 75 Exceptional
Lake Forest Livability #201 ranked city in California#7,591 ranked city in the USARanks better than 74% of areas
A+ Lake Forest Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Lake Forest Cost of Living Cost of living is 12% higher than California
Lake Forest
15858% more expensive than the US average
14141% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Lake Forest cost of living
A+ Lake Forest Crime Total crime is 69% lower than California
Total crime
86565% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 11665% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-20%Year over year crime is down
Lake Forest crime
B Lake Forest Employment Household income is 45% higher than California
Median household income
$92,41567% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$39,91334% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%20% lower than the US average
Lake Forest employment
D Lake Forest Housing Home value is 35% higher than California
Median home value
$550,600198% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,77787% higher than the US average
Home ownership
70%10% higher than the US average
Lake Forest real estate or Lake Forest rentals
B- Lake Forest Schools HS graduation rate is 13% higher than California
High school grad. rates
91%9% higher than the US average
School test scores
54%9% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
24:150% higher than the US average
Lake Forest K-12 schools
B Lake Forest User Ratings There are a total of 6 ratings in Lake Forest
Overall user rating
72% 6 total ratings
User reviews rating
80% 2 total reviews
User surveys rating
63% 4 total surveys
all Lake Forest poll results

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      Living in Lake Forest, CA

      Located in the state of California, Lake Forest is a moderately-sized city with a population of 80,658 people. With a population density of 4,849 people per square mile, Lake Forest is well above the nation's average density level. At 68%, the majority of the Lake Forest population is White; this is followed by 15% Asian and 2% Black. Lake Forest has a high percentage of people who are married with children when compared to the rest of the country. In total, more than 80% of the population is classified as married and 56% have kids.

      Are you trying to decide if living in Lake Forest is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a great 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. With useful information like amenities, cost of living, weather and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Lake Forest and in the areas around Lake Forest is a much easier task.

      Lake Forest has a livability score of 77/100 and is ranked #138 in California and #3,462 in the USA. Pack your bags! This is a very high score in comparison to other US cities. Living in Lake Forest could be a great choice! There are seven total categories that create the livability score. Lake Forest scores well for amenities (A+), crime (A+), weather (A+), education (B-) and employment (B). The bad news for Lake Forest, there are some categories for which it does not rank well, this includes: cost of living (F) and housing (D).

      Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Lake Forest, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: Heritage Hill Historic Park, Lake Forest Beach, and Costume Castle.

      Low violent crime (murder, rape, robbery, assault) is a must for most people when searching for a new area to live. At 158 crimes per 100,000 residents, Lake Forest has a violent crime rate that is far below the national average.

      Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Lake Forest. 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 Lake Forest are affordable. Median real estate prices in Lake Forest come in at $550,600, which is 34.5% higher than the California average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Lake Forest, the home price to income ratio is 6, which is 6.3% lower than the California average. Real estate appreciation rates in Lake Forest are important to consider, as they can act as a guide to determine if your new home purchase will be a solid investment going forward. During the last twelve months, the appreciation rate for Lake Forest homes comes in at 3.9%, and the 5 year appreciation rates were 7%.

      Lake Forest transportation information

      StatisticLake ForestCaliforniaNational
      Average one way commute26min28min26min
      Workers who drive to work83.4%73.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool7.2%10.6%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit0.8%5.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle1.0%1.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk0.5%2.7%2.8%
      Working from home5.8%5.4%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Lake Forest, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).