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A+ Madera Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
D+ Madera Cost of Living Cost of living is 25% lower than California
1033% more expensive than the US average
13838% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Madera cost of living
F Madera Crime Total crime is 9% higher than California
Total crime
3,20316% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 3216% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-13%Year over year crime is down
Madera crime
D- Madera Employment Household income is 37% lower than California
Median household income
$40,03428% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$15,13149% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%5% lower than the US average
Madera employment
D+ Madera Housing Home value is 60% lower than California
Median home value
$165,60010% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$948equal to the US average
Home ownership
47%26% lower than the US average
Madera real estate or Madera rentals
F Madera Schools HS graduation rate is 28% lower than California
High school grad. rates
57%31% lower than the US average
School test scores
21%57% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
19:116% higher than the US average
Madera K-12 schools or Madera colleges

Living in Madera, CA

Located in the state of California, Madera is a mid-sized city with a population of 63,398 people. In Madera, there are 4,015 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. The majority of Madera residents report their race to be White; this is followed by Black and Asian. Additionally, more than a quarter of the population of Madera are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 60% of the population also speak Spanish. The median age of all Madera residents is 28, which is well below the national average. This is a good indication that this city could be ideal for young singles.

Living in Madera can be a good experience for anyone relocating to the city. Having said that, in the state of California, there are many amazing places to live, so choose wisely! To help you find the best places to live in and around Madera, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, crime, weather, employment and more.

The livability score in Madera is 59 out of 100 and the city is ranked in the 18th percentile of all cities across America. This is not a favorable rating; as this score ranks among some of the lowest in America. Living in Madera may not be a pleasant experience. For each of the livability categories, we can establish that Madera ranks very well for amenities (A+) and weather (B+). There are some categories that Madera does not rank well for, including: crime (F), education (F) and employment (D-). 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., Madera 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. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Madera: Ficklin Vineyards, Quady Winery, and Three Monkeys Brewing Company.

Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Madera. 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 Madera are affordable. Median real estate prices in Madera come in at $165,600, which is 59.5% lower than the California average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Madera, the home price to income ratio is 4.1, which is 35.9% lower than the California average. Real estate appreciation rates in Madera 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 Madera homes comes in at 7.8%, and the 5 year appreciation rates were 9.9%.

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Compare Madera, CA Livability To Other Cities

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PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
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Corrupted town in California

You do not ever want to move to this town. Not only is the police department corrupt. But the court system will back them. The worst town to live in California. Is madera California.
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No Denying the Beauty of Madera, But...

There is no denying the beauty of Madera CA. I have been living in this Central California suburb for more than a decade now. What I like the most about this small city is the cost of living. This place has the best of both worlds. Consider the nearby silicon valley for instance. Unless you are working for a technology company or holding a big position in a government office, you cannot afford a decent lifestyle there. The same fact holds good for places like San Francisco or Los Angeles. Go up north and you will find that weather is a bit extreme for a comfortable living. Madera, on the other hand, is not only affordable when it comes to homes and things you value but has a great weather year-round.

Note that, all parts of Madera are not equally good. Avoid areas that have poor school ratings and areas near highways. Another indication you are living in a safe neighborhood is that your home is built after 2000 and is properly managed by a builder. Unless you are in your early 20s, you will not find any problem spending weekends here. For teens and singles this city has nothing much to offer except good education and a decent job. Fortunately, the cities nearby compliment the features found in Madera. There are some great restaurants where foods are tastier than you can find in major cities in California. And when it comes to price, you can't beat this city. Everything is less expensive here be it a household item or motel room. So, if you are looking to move into this city and are able to earn a decent paycheck, you will have no problem leading a moderate lifestyle.
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Source: The Madera, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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