Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Population: 173,309

Key findings

  • Rancho Cucamonga has a Livability Score of 74/100, which is considered excellent
  • Rancho Cucamonga crime rates are 17% lower than the California average
  • Cost of living in Rancho Cucamonga is 1% lower than the California average
  • Rancho Cucamonga real estate prices are 1% higher than the California average
  • Rental prices in Rancho Cucamonga are 20% higher than the California average

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      Rancho Cucamonga, CA

      Rancho Cucamonga may be one of the most fun city names to say in all of America, and the city lives up to the lofty hype surrounding its name by providing a lot of amenities and services to those who call it home. The city is located 30 or so miles from downtown Los Angeles, but it offers a lifestyle that is 180 degrees opposite from the hustle and bustle of LA. From Rancho Cucamonga, you can see the snowcapped mountain ranges of the San Gabriel Mountains in the distance. Sneaking away to these mountains is one of the favorite things for residents of the city to do on a long weekend.

      Rancho Cucamonga has a population of over 175,000. Many of these people live in a few areas of the city. Alta Loma, Grapeland, Brentwood, and Rochester are all neighborhoods that are renowned for their friendliness and amenities. Etiwanda is another area that is worth checking out if you are looking to buy or rent a home in Rancho Cucamonga. The area offers housing that is much more affordable than what you would find in LA or a city that is located a bit closer to the beach.

      Some of the area's top employers include Steno Employment Services, Inland Empire Health Plan, and Amphastar Pharmaceuticals. As you can see, the health care industry plays a very important role in the economic development and activity of the city. Rancho Cucamonga enjoys a good public transit system that is operated by the city. It offers transit options all around Rancho Cucamonga and the San Bernadino area. It is easy to navigate the network of routes and busses utilizing their phone app.

      Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park is one of the best swimming pools in the area, and it is packed full during the summer months when the temperatures average over 90 degrees. The Rancho Cucamonga Wilderness is a primitive camping area in the San Gabriel Mountains that is very popular with those who have all-terrain vehicles or four-wheel drive vehicles. Getting lost deep in the forest on a motorcycle is also a possibility in the area. The North Etiwanda Preserve has a number of waterfalls and ponds that is a fun area to go for a late-evening hike.

      Those who are looking to get out and enjoy the nightlife in Rancho Cucamonga will want to make sure that they checkout the Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar. It is a local Rancho Cucamonga establishment that offers a large number of beers on tap. BRIO Tuscan Grille is a chain restaurant that offers delicious Italian food at affordable prices. It is another spot that is worth a visit when you are celebrating a special occasion.

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      Best kept secret in southern california

      Lived in this town for 25 years. What I have seen is alot of development since 2002. Many people have moved here from all over. Prices have increased for housing and rent. It's a suburb of San Bernardino county with the conveniences of mt baldy ski resort, outdoor bike trails, near by hiking and easy frwy access, to many local schools/colleges to choose. It's a wholesome community for building a family. There's so many great shopping malls, restaurants, entertainment centers. I think it's more designed for new younger family living.
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      Growing family Communities

      Lived here since 1979 and we have watched this small city grow very fast these past 10 years. The schools are very good from Alta Loma area across town into Etiwanda district. After that you are in a town called and referred to as Fontana {fontucky, high crime rates and low school test scores}. Housing has boomed in Cucamonga and has become an expensive place to rent or purchase. crime is low due to the area being so expensive which is a good thing. Law enforcement is great here, especially at night keeping it safe and clean. A nice place to raise your family and attend some of the top schools in the nation. Shopping stores and eating places all over. My husband retired and we bought a second home like many others as an investment and rent to good responsible renters. Happy that the community is supportive and people come to live here. Enjoy.
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      Moved out not worth it anymore

      I lived here for many years and watched it's decline all because of foreigners.What happened is the Asians all come here buy up all properties and hide their money here from their government and then they rent them out for outrageous prices.The average couple or family cannot get a house out here any more because of them they cause too much competition you cannot buy a house you cannot outbid them.As for renting they are ruining all the established neighborhoods with houses full of disrespectful renters often more than 1 family in each house.Then to top it all off they are building more housing with Apt buildings on every corner even in the parking lot of the library! so not only is it too expensive it's too crowded and you have a lot of undesirables in apts now walking around all in your neighborhoods.I don't know about you but I don't think paying at least half a mill to live with renters,houses full of illegals and Apt buildings everywhere is worth it.Not to mention it's not the nicest place anymore either graffiti everywhere and crime.
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      Used to be a great place

      Rancho sucks these days ive lived here 20 years but now you cant even go to costco without seeing all the illegal s eating in the food court. All of our parks are full also mostly a spill over from Fontana. But now with the huge spanish speaking population its basically fontana. If you want to buy a house steer clear of this area unless you speak spanish or can afford to live in gated areas.
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      Rancho Cucamonga, CA - Come Visit Us

      I first visited Rancho Cucamonga, CA 7 years ago during a family get-together. Now, I can say that I have been a resident of Rancho Cucamonga for the last 5 years and thanks to the quality of life it offers its residents, I definitely have no intention to leave.

      Rancho Cucamonga has everything a big city can offer but with the comforts of a smaller city and the pros of one as well. We do not have the traffic or the crime rate but we sure do have the nightlife, bars, restaurants and location. Our bars and restaurants range from local karaoke spots like Rock the Keys, to big chain well-known places like The Yard House. We are also just a short drive from the beach and the mountains as well as less than an hour away from Los Angeles and Orange County.

      Rancho Cucamonga really has transformed, once there were fields and dirt, and now we have places where residents can go to enjoy themselves. That includes the Cultural Center and the many activities that can be done at the Victoria Gardens Mall. Rancho Cucamonga's focus has been to attract visitors and turn them into residents; so far, they are doing a great job.
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      Source: The Rancho Cucamonga, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).