Novato 70 Excellent
Novato Livability #229 ranked city in California#6,405 ranked city in the USARanks better than 78% of areas

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      Living in Novato, CA

      Located in the state of California, Novato is a mid-sized city with a population of 54,790 people. At 77%, the majority of the Novato population is White; this is followed by 7% Asian and 2% Black. Novato has a high percentage of people who are married with children when compared to the rest of the country. In total, more than 80% of the population is classified as married and 57% have kids.

      Living in Novato can be a positive experience for anyone relocating to the town. Having said that, in the state of California, there are many amazing places to live, so choose wisely! When searching for a new neighborhood, several factors play a vital role in determining its suitability. Safety should be a top priority, ensuring a secure environment with low crime rates. Proximity to your workplace or school helps minimize commuting time and allows for a better work-life balance. Availability of essential amenities such as parks, coffee shops, restaurants, grocery stores, and healthcare facilities contributes to convenience and well-being. Access to reliable public transportation options facilitates easy commuting and connectivity. Additionally, considering the sense of community and the overall atmosphere that resonates with your lifestyle and preferences fosters a harmonious living experience. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like amenities, health & safety, education, employment, you can easily compare the best places to live in Novato and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Novato to California and the national average.

      Novato, CA receives 70 out of 100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #229 in California and #6,405 in the USA. There is at least one category that did not score well in Novato. The following was graded with a less than perfect score: amenities (D).

      Novato 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 Novato. Median real estate prices in Novato come in at $625,900, which is 52.9% higher than the California average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Novato, the home price to income ratio is 7.5, which is 17.2% higher than the California average.

      Novato transportation information

      Statistic Novato California National
      Average one way commute32min28min26min
      Workers who drive to work72.7%73.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool11.1%10.6%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit6.9%5.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.6%1.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk2.1%2.7%2.8%
      Working from home6.3%5.4%4.6%

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