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A+ Novato Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Novato Cost of Living Cost of living is 29% higher than California
18181% more expensive than the US average
14040% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Novato cost of living
A Novato Crime Total crime is 46% lower than California
Total crime
1,53840% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 6640% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-23%Year over year crime is down
Novato crime
B+ Novato Employment Household income is 32% higher than California
Median household income
$83,89552% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$49,23665% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%35% lower than the US average
Novato employment
D- Novato Housing Home value is 53% higher than California
Median home value
$625,900239% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,76486% higher than the US average
Home ownership
67%5% higher than the US average
Novato real estate or Novato rentals
B- Novato Schools HS graduation rate is 15% higher than California
High school grad. rates
92%11% higher than the US average
School test scores
54%10% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
21:130% higher than the US average
Novato K-12 schools

Living in Novato, CA

Novato is a mid-sized city located in the state of California. The city has a population of 54,790 residents. If we look at the most recent Census, Novato is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Asian and Black. If finding a family friendly city is important to you, look no further. With more than 80% of the population considered married and 57% with kids under the age of 18, Novato could be considered a very suitable city for families.

Are you trying to decide if living in Novato is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a fulfilling 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. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like amenities, crime, cost of living, weather, 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.

The livability score in Novato is 74/100 and the city is ranked in the 80th percentile of all cities across America. For each of the livability categories, we see that Novato ranks very well for amenities (A+), crime (A-), weather (B), education (B-) and employment (B+). On a less positive note, Novato does not have favorable ranks for the following: cost of living (F) and housing (D-). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Novato 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. Some of the notable things to do include: Old Town Novato, Stone Tree Golf Club, and Indian Valley Golf Course.

Low violent crime (murder, rape, robbery, assault) is a must for most people when searching for a new area to live. At 162 crimes per 100,000 residents, Novato has a violent crime rate that is far below the national average.

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 Novato is real estate affordability. The median home price for Novato homes is $625,900, which is 52.9% higher than the California average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Novato, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 7.5, which is 17.2% higher than the California average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Novato will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Novato, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 7.9%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 8.5%.

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Compare Novato, CA Livability To Other Cities

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Where in the World is Novato, CA?

The city of Novato, California is located across the bay from San Francisco. It is in the county of Marin. This little bit of country is a quiet respite for people who work in San Francisco which is only 29 miles away. In Novato you will find beautiful rolling hills and magnificent mountain vistas. Having lived here and commuted to the city; I can tell you that once you are on the road to San Francisco the rolling hills make the commute relaxing and a lot quicker than you think. For a weekend getaway or a "staycation" the Napa/Sonoma vineyards are only 20 miles away.

Novato is known for its small town charm but it is also home to Fireman's Fund Insurance Company and many small biotech and technology firms. Probably the name most recognized company is the Berkenstock Distribution USA. The city offers a wonderful Novato Farmers Market every Tuesday afternoon. The vegetables and fruits are mostly grown in the area surrounding the town. It is a great place to not only shop but also to meet up with friends and do an outdoor picnic. Just bring a bottle of your favorite wine and a blanket; all the food you will need is right there.

Novato was once the home of the Hamilton Air Force Base; after World War II it was decommissioned and has been under development since. Most of the barracks are now apartment and condo buildings. The huge Quonset buildings are now home to Bertenstocks and many other businesses.

The people of Novato are a very tight knit family and believe in taking care of each other. When a neighborhood project comes up everyone pitches in to help. Currently the town is offering engraved bricks to build a patio surrounding city hall. They had original had six thousand bricks available and now they have less than two thousand bricks to go until the patio will be completed. I purchased one for my family; so when you go to Novato look me up, I'm in space number four.
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Source: The Novato, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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