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A+ Lake Havasu City Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
D+ Lake Havasu City Cost of Living Cost of living is 5% higher than Arizona
Lake Havasu City
1033% more expensive than the US average
982% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Lake Havasu City cost of living
B Lake Havasu City Crime Total crime is 30% lower than Arizona
Total crime
2,38114% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 4314% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
17%Year over year crime is up
Lake Havasu City crime
D+ Lake Havasu City Employment Household income is 14% lower than Arizona
Median household income
$44,37620% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$25,95113% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%12% lower than the US average
Lake Havasu City employment
D+ Lake Havasu City Housing Home value is 18% higher than Arizona
Median home value
$208,80013% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$8659% lower than the US average
Home ownership
66%4% higher than the US average
Lake Havasu City real estate or Lake Havasu City rentals
D- Lake Havasu City Schools HS graduation rate is 3% higher than Arizona
High school grad. rates
85%2% higher than the US average
School test scores
43%12% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
21:132% higher than the US average
Lake Havasu City K-12 schools or Lake Havasu City colleges

Living in Lake Havasu City, AZ

Located in the state of Arizona, Lake Havasu City is a mid-sized city with a population of 53,058 residents. If we look at the most recent Census, Lake Havasu City is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Asian and American Indian and Alaskan. Based on an average age of 53, Lake Havasu City appears to be a city better suited for seniors or retirees as the average age is well above the national average. Lake Havasu City is known to be family friendly as more than 79% of the population has already tied the knot. It might also be worth noting that 79% of residents also have children under the age of 18.

Without the right tools, relocating to any new city can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Lake Havasu City, Arizona could be a positive experience for anyone who puts in the effort to do the research required. To help you find the best places to live in and around Lake Havasu City, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like crime, cost of living, weather, housing and more.

The livability score in Lake Havasu City is 73/100 and the city is ranked in the 76th percentile of all cities across America. For each of the livability categories, we see that Lake Havasu City ranks very well for amenities (A+), crime (B-) and weather (B). There are some categories that Lake Havasu City scores poorly for, including: education (D-). It might be worth taking a closer look to figure out why.

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Lake Havasu City 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: London Bridge, Lake Havasu, and Sunset Charter & Tour Co..

Assuming that Lake Havasu City meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Lake Havasu City. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Lake Havasu City are simply unattainable. The median home price for Lake Havasu City homes is $208,800, which is 18% higher than the Arizona average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Lake Havasu City, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 4.7, which is 34.3% higher than the Arizona average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Lake Havasu City area were 14.1% and 5 year appreciation rates were 8.8%.

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a nightmare living in Havasu...

Came here about 2 years ago expecting to stay here the rest of my lifr. Now, can't wait to get out of here as soon as my lease is up. My wife has had extensive medical issues with neuropathy and trying to find specialists here that actually know something is IMPOSSIBLE. All the doctors "feed" each other patients, all for money and no concern for the patient. We have reverted to using doctors in Las Vegas. Then, finding a person to do any kind of home repair is as bad. There are a few actual licensed contractors in the plumbing and a/c field that are good, DON'T use a handyman service, they are a handyman for a reason... The city billing system for water/sewer is a scam in itself. Your sewer rate is determined by water usage the previous winter months, OH WAIT, they forget to tell you that... If this town dries up and blows away, NO BIG LOSS... About 90% of the people driving here are too ignorant to know what a four-way stop sign is, or they are just so rude that they think they should go first, if they even stop. Most, but not quite all, of the locals are rude and arrogant and think they are "special" and deserve to be treated so. AGAIN, CAN'T WAIT TO LEAVE......
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Great Lake Community

The lake is the big attraction. Having your own boat is grand, but if not, your friends and neighbors will gladly take you out on the lake in theirs. It is a busy little town, but you can also find some quiet, tranquil spots to live in the foothills. There is something here for everyone, except good shopping, but then Las Vegas is only a 2.5 hour drive away. There you will find a plethora of shopping, shows and casinos. There is also a small casino across the lake; catch the 15 minute ferry ride over. Lake Havasu City is a little piece of paradise and I love living here.
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Lake Havasu City: A Jewel in the Desert

I lived in Lake Havasu City for over a year, and I think I can safely say that I had the time of my life. It has a reputation as a party city, and I guess that reputation is deserved, but it has much more to offer than a fun getaway locale for a spring break vacation. Admittedly, that was the atmosphere that I was after when I first moved there, but that kind of lifestyle is only fun for so long.

In retrospect, the things that stand out to me the most are relatively simple, like getting a beer with my friends at the Mudshark Brewery, which has shockingly good food in addition to the expected (but appreciated) selection of beer on tap, or reading a book by the lake. It turns out that this place can be just as good for an easygoing, normal lifestyle as it is for an insane vacation hotspot. Housing prices are very reasonable, and there's almost always something to do. For better or worse, I was rarely bored.

I guess if there is any problem with it, it lies in it its isolation. Not that it's impossible to get anywhere; it isn't. It just isn't terribly convenient. Ironically, this was mostly an issue for me when tourists came into town. All of my favorite restaurants got crowded and loud. People were suddenly rude and entitled. I think I left for good because I felt that when push came to shove, everything was more for the visitors than it was for me, someone who had tentatively decided to settle down there and make a life. The summer heat didn't help.

It really is a heck of a good time, though.
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Source: The Lake Havasu City, AZ data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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