Mountain View 83 Exceptional
Mountain View Livability #49 ranked city in California#2,111 ranked city in the USARanks better than 92% of areas

Livability Awards

A+ Mountain View Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Mountain View Cost of Living Cost of living is 56% higher than California
Mountain View
219119% more expensive than the US average
14040% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Mountain View cost of living
C+ Mountain View Crime Total crime is 12% higher than California
Total crime
3,10625% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 3325% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
13%Year over year crime is up
Mountain View crime
A- Mountain View Employment Household income is 71% higher than California
Median household income
$109,24997% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$61,668107% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%26% lower than the US average
Mountain View employment
B+ Mountain View Housing Home value is 138% higher than California
Median home value
$973,000427% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,912101% higher than the US average
Home ownership
41%36% lower than the US average
Mountain View real estate or Mountain View rentals
A- Mountain View Schools HS graduation rate is 15% higher than California
High school grad. rates
92%10% higher than the US average
School test scores
n/aequal to the US average
Student teacher ratio
n/aequal to the US average
A+ Mountain View User Ratings There are a total of 7 ratings in Mountain View
Overall user rating
92% 7 total ratings
User reviews rating
90% 2 total reviews
User surveys rating
94% 5 total surveys
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      Living in Mountain View, CA

      Mountain View is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. The city has a population of 78,827 residents. With a population density of 6,573 people per square mile, Mountain View is well above the nation's average density level. Individuals of White (59%) and Asian (28%) backgrounds make up a significant portion of the population of Mountain View. Mountain View is known to be family friendly as more than 78% of the population has already tied the knot. It might also be worth noting that 52% of residents also have children under the age of 18.

      If you’re considering moving to any new city, it could be a very discouraging task. However, it could also be a positive experience if you are willing to get to know the area before actually living in Mountain View, California. Finding the best places to live in Mountain View and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes amenities, crime, education and other important metrics.

      Mountain View has a livability score of 82 out of 100 and is ranked #28 in California and #881 in the USA. Compared to the US average, Mountain View ranks among some of the best places to live in the country! Mountain View has also earned the rare honor of ranking in the top 10 percentile among all cities. For each of the livability categories, we see that Mountain View ranks very well for amenities (A+), crime (A), weather (B+), education (A-), employment (A-) and housing (B+). Regrettably for Mountain View, there are some categories for which it does not rank well, this includes: cost of living (F).

      Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Mountain View 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.

      Feeling a sense of safety in the area that you live in is a must for most people. Low crime rates can have a positive impact on things like home prices, home appreciation rates and the overall sense of community. Mountain View has a violent crime rate of 184 crimes per 100,000 residents which is far lower than the national average.

      Finding affordable real estate and apartments for rent in Mountain View can be tricky. Having said that, this area might be the place to get the best of both worlds. Based on factors like home/rental affordability and appreciation rates, this area has received an above average score in the housing category.

      Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Mountain View is real estate affordability. The median home price for Mountain View homes is $973,000, which is 137.7% higher than the California average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Mountain View, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 8.9, which is 39.1% higher than the California average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Mountain View area were 14.2% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 15.1%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

      Mountain View transportation information

      StatisticMountain ViewCaliforniaNational
      Average one way commute22min28min26min
      Workers who drive to work71.2%73.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool7.7%10.6%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit6.7%5.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle6.1%1.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk2.5%2.7%2.8%
      Working from home4.1%5.4%4.6%

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