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A+ Mountain View Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Mountain View Cost of Living Cost of living is 55% higher than California
Mountain View
215115% more expensive than the US average
13838% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Mountain View cost of living
B Mountain View Crime Total crime is 11% lower than California
Total crime
2,6155% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 395% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
0%Year over year crime is n/a
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

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.

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Compare Mountain View, CA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Mountain View, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Old Palo Alto, Palo Alto834.33,564
Midtown, Palo Alto833.510,437
Charleston Meadow, Palo Alto832.52,410
Mission Valley, Fremont8212.97,452
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Weibel, Fremont82114,568
Fair Meadow, Palo Alto822.92,403
Crescent Park, Palo Alto815.33,831
Kimber-Gomes, Fremont8113.35,583

Best Cities Near Mountain View, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Los Altos, CA862.430,238
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Mill Valley, CA8543.314,318
Hillsborough, CA8418.811,312
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Los Gatos, CA8413.530,491
Cupertino, CA845.960,297
Contra Costa Centre, CA8436.46,190
Los Altos Hills, CA8448,376

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Technological Progress with a California Charm

Living in Mountain View is absolutely incredible thanks to its central location in California as well as being home to America's bright technological future. As a software engineer, I am passionate about technological progress and couldn't have picked a better spot to live as Mountain View is home to some incredible companies you've probably heard of before like Apple and Google. For this reason alone, Mountain View is a hub for likeminded techies with ambitions and dreams they hope to fully realize one day.

Not only are the people and the opportunities incredible, but the weather is wonderful out here as well. Steady and pleasantly warm weather during the summer and mild and slightly wet winters make the Mountain View area an awesome place to just hang out and relax with a few friends in the suburbs or downtown near Castro Street. Some of the best areas in Mountain View I like to go to check out are down here like the farmers market and brewpubs.
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Centrally Located to The Best of The Bay Area

I have lived in the Bay Area for two-thirds of my adult life and lived in Mountain View, CA for two of these. It is one of the nicest parts of Silicon Valley and has very good suburbs to grow up and raise a family in. Mountain View has the best of both worlds: safe, tree-lined suburbs with good schools and a downtown with great restaurants and stores that stay open later than most others in the surrounding communities. Mountain View is north of San Jose, which calls itself the heart of Silicon Valley, south of San Francisco, and less than an hour's drive to each. Mountain View itself is the home of Google's headquarters, and recently the benefits of Google have extended passed the Google campus with Google providing a free shuttle-bus that transports people around Mountain View. The one drawback to living in Mountain View is the high cost of living. Rents are normally high and the medium price of a home is now over a million dollars.

The downtown area in Mountain View is great. Castro Street is the main downtown street which is a very long street that has a variety of great restaurants, as well as live music offerings and theater. One of the best coffee shops to hang out in on Castro Street is the Red Rock Cafe. The coffee is excellent and it has a big upstairs area with tables and chairs to do computer work or study in. The cafe also has free wifi. The cafe supports local artists and musicians with art displays and live music some nights as well as an open mic night. One of the best things to do on a Saturday night in Mountain View is to listen to great flamenco jazz guitar music at Cascal Restaurant. Cascal Restaurant has a friendly and sophisticated bar area and wonderful food. The atmosphere is comfortable yet classy, and it is a terrific place to spend a Saturday night and listen to great music.
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Source: The Mountain View, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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