North Highlands 62 Average
North Highlands Livability #512 ranked city in California#15,769 ranked city in the USARanks better than 46% of areas

Pros and Cons of Living in North Highlands

  • Housing

    High scores in the housing category are a distinguishing feature of this area, possibly driven by a favorable home affordability ratio, higher home values and appreciation rates.

  • Ratings

    Based on recent surveys and polls, locals gave high marks in the walkability to local amenities, safety, public transit, friendliness of neighbors and overall sense of community in the area.

  • Amenities

    The majority of amenities are not ideally located within walking distance. To access these amenities, residents may be required to rely on a vehicle or public transit.

  • Commute

    A low commute score could be due to longer-than-average work commutes and the limited availability of public transportation in this area.

  • Crime

    This area reports elevated crime rates per 100,000 individuals, potentially pointing some areas being unsafe for its residents. Stats are based on both property and violent crimes.

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What's it like Living in North Highlands?

Located in the state of California, North Highlands is a medium-sized city with a population of 48,660 inhabitants. In North Highlands, there are 5,522 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. More than a quarter of the residents of North Highlands identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino, and 18% of the population speak Spanish as their primary or secondary language. With an average age of 33 years old, North Highlands could be a great place to live for young adults as this age is well below the national average. All the single ladies and all the single fellas might want to take notice as only 50% of the North Highlands population is married. When traveling to work, spending unnecessary time in your vehicle is not ideal and downright frustrating. Across all of America, the average one way commute time is 26 minutes, unfortunately, living in North Highlands offers up a higher than average one way commute time of 31 minutes.

Are you trying to figure out if living in North Highlands is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a good experience before relocating to any new city in California, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. Several key factors deserve attention. For one, safety is paramount, ensuring that your new area is low in crime is key. Proximity to workplaces or schools minimizes commute times and fosters convenience. Access to essential amenities like parks, grocery stores, food, fitness, shops and healthcare facilities enhances daily life. Efficient public transportation options provide mobility and connectivity. The sense of community creates a welcoming and supportive environment. Lastly, the overall atmosphere, encompassing the vibe, aesthetics, and lifestyle offerings, contributes to a fulfilling living experience. Considering these elements helps identify the ideal neighborhood for your needs and preferences. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like amenities, cost of living, commute, health & safety, employment, you can easily compare the best places to live in North Highlands and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare North Highlands to California and the national average.

With a livability score of 65/100, North Highlands is ranked #11,063 in the United States and #400 in California. If we probe a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that North Highlands has higher than average grades for the following: education (B+) and housing (A+). Unfortunately for North Highlands, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: amenities (F), crime (F) and cost of living (D).

Real estate represents the most substantial investment for homebuyers, constituting their most valuable asset. Renters, on the other hand, typically see their monthly rent as their most significant expense. The North Highlands market earns a high score in the housing category, surpassing the national average in factors like home and rental affordability and appreciation rates. This robust real estate market not only benefits individual homeowners and renters but also spurs vigorous local economic activity and job growth, solidifying its significance in driving the region's prosperity and financial well-being.

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are attainable, we'll need to know if the real estate in North Highlands is actually affordable. Median real estate prices in North Highlands come in at $241,800, which is 40.9% lower than the California average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In North Highlands, the home price to income ratio is 4.8, which is 25% lower than the California average.

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      North Highlands transportation information

      Statistic North Highlands California National
      Average one way commute31min28min26min
      Workers who drive to work78.7%73.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool9.6%10.6%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit1.1%5.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.4%1.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk1.7%2.7%2.8%
      Working from home7.1%5.4%4.6%
      Source: The North Highlands, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).