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A+ Ontario Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Ontario Cost of Living Cost of living is 10% lower than California
12424% more expensive than the US average
13838% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Ontario cost of living
D+ Ontario Crime Total crime is equal to California
Total crime
2,9517% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 347% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-12%Year over year crime is down
Ontario crime
D- Ontario Employment Household income is 14% lower than California
Median household income
$54,8961% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$19,76134% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
6%33% higher than the US average
Ontario employment
D Ontario Housing Home value is 28% lower than California
Median home value
$293,00059% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,29637% higher than the US average
Home ownership
53%17% lower than the US average
Ontario real estate or Ontario rentals
F Ontario Schools HS graduation rate is 14% lower than California
High school grad. rates
69%17% lower than the US average
School test scores
27%46% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
21:134% higher than the US average
Ontario K-12 schools or Ontario colleges

Living in Ontario, CA

Ontario, California is a moderately-sized city with a population of 169,389 residents. In Ontario, there are 3,392 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. More than a quarter of the residents of Ontario identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino, and 53% of the population speak Spanish as their primary or secondary language. Ontario tends to attract a younger crowd, as the median age of 32 is far below the national average.

Are you trying to decide if living in Ontario is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a great experience before moving to any new city in California, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. The best areas in Ontario and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from amenities, cost of living, weather, education, housing, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the California and national averages.

Ontario, CA receives 64 out of 100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #743 in California and #19,113 in the USA. If we probe a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Ontario has higher than average rankings for the following: amenities (A+) and weather (A). There are some categories that Ontario ranks poorly for, including: cost of living (F), education (F), employment (D-) and housing (D). It might be worth taking a closer look to figure out why.

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Ontario, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: Ontario Mills, Graber Olive House, and K1 Speed Ontario.

Assuming that Ontario meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Ontario. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Ontario are simply unattainable. Median real estate prices in Ontario come in at $293,000, which is 28.4% lower than the California average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Ontario, the home price to income ratio is 5.3, which is 17.2% lower than the California average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Ontario area were 6.6% and 5 year appreciation rates were 10.2%.

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Compare Ontario, CA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Ontario, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Ramona, Riverside6915.626,130
Airport, Riverside671410,548
Arlanza, Riverside6613.523,378
La Sierra, Riverside6414.236,203
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Arlington, Riverside641512,300
La Sierra South, Riverside6315.412,524
La Sierra Hills, Riverside63126,096
La Sierra Acres, Riverside6312.311,211

Best Cities Near Ontario, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
La Cañada Flintridge, CA853320,477
San Marino, CA8426.813,324
South Pasadena, CA8329.125,936
Newport Beach, CA8334.686,813
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Laguna Woods, CA8331.516,347
Irvine, CA8227.5246,992
Aliso Viejo, CA8233.750,219
Ladera Ranch, CA8235.527,121

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What it's Like to Live in Ontario, California?

I have been living in Ontario, California for about 8 years now, and I have really grown to love it. I come from New York city so it was a big change since Ontario is a much smaller city, but there are some great things about this place.

There is a nice eclectic mix of religions and ethnicities which helps lend to the charm of Ontario. There is plenty of city for those looking to thrive in the daily grind but on the other hand I find that the outskirts of Ontario is a nice, quiet place to raise a family. The weather in Ontario is almost always sunny and there are many beautiful white sand beaches. The mountains and Los Angeles not far away. In fact you could drive to Los Angeles in about 45 minutes to 1 hour, depending on traffic. There are always things to do and many attractions to see in Ontario. In fact there is a lot of hunting and camping to get involved in too - pretty much something for everyone.
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Source: The Ontario, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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