National City 62 Below average
National City Livability #737 ranked city in California#21,686 ranked city in the USARanks better than 25% of areas
A+ National City Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F National City Cost of Living Cost of living is 9% lower than California
National City
12828% more expensive than the US average
14141% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
National City cost of living
F National City Crime Total crime is 13% lower than California
Total crime
2,4073% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 423% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
1%Year over year crime is up
National City crime
D- National City Employment Household income is 34% lower than California
Median household income
$42,17824% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$17,87840% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%15% higher than the US average
National City employment
D+ National City Housing Home value is 22% lower than California
Median home value
$317,30072% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,04010% higher than the US average
Home ownership
32%50% lower than the US average
National City real estate or National City rentals
F National City Schools HS graduation rate is 13% lower than California
High school grad. rates
70%16% lower than the US average
School test scores
30%39% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
22:139% higher than the US average
National City K-12 schools
A National City User Ratings There are a total of 4 ratings in National City
Overall user rating
80% 4 total ratings
User reviews rating
90% 1 total reviews
User surveys rating
73% 3 total surveys
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      Living in National City, CA

      National City, California is a medium-sized city with a population of 60,349 residents. In National City, there are 8,291 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. More than a quarter of the residents of National City identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino, and 53% of the population speak Spanish as their primary or secondary language. National City could be a great place for young adults and students as the average age of 33 years old is below the nation’s average.

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

      National City, CA receives 65 out of 100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #639 in California and #17,134 in the USA. Based on the grades for each individual category, National City has received high marks for amenities (A+) and weather (A+). The bad news for National City, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: cost of living (F), education (F) and employment (D-).

      Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy National City on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops.

      National City real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in National City. Median real estate prices in National City come in at $317,300, which is 22.5% lower than the California average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In National City, the home price to income ratio is 7.5, which is 17.2% higher than the California average. Real estate appreciation rates in National City 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 National City homes comes in at 5.3%, and the 5 year appreciation rates were 11.2%.

      National City transportation information

      StatisticNational CityCaliforniaNational
      Average one way commute26min28min26min
      Workers who drive to work65.5%73.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool14.1%10.6%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit7.1%5.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.4%1.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk3.2%2.7%2.8%
      Working from home8.6%5.4%4.6%

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