Redwood City 73 Excellent
Redwood City Livability #255 ranked city in California#9,320 ranked city in the USARanks better than 68% of areas
A+ Redwood City Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Redwood City Cost of Living Cost of living is 51% higher than California
Redwood City
212112% more expensive than the US average
14040% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Redwood City cost of living
B+ Redwood City Crime Total crime is 37% lower than California
Total crime
1,75230% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 5830% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
8%Year over year crime is up
Redwood City crime
B+ Redwood City Employment Household income is 42% higher than California
Median household income
$90,46164% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$46,31855% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%36% lower than the US average
Redwood City employment
C+ Redwood City Housing Home value is 126% higher than California
Median home value
$924,300400% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,80790% higher than the US average
Home ownership
51%20% lower than the US average
Redwood City real estate or Redwood City rentals
D- Redwood City Schools HS graduation rate is 4% higher than California
High school grad. rates
83%equal to the US average
School test scores
43%12% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
18:111% higher than the US average
Redwood City K-12 schools
B Redwood City User Ratings There are a total of 7 ratings in Redwood City
Overall user rating
71% 7 total ratings
User reviews rating
80% 1 total reviews
User surveys rating
68% 6 total surveys
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      Living in Redwood City, CA

      Redwood City is a moderately-sized city located in the state of California. The city has a population of 82,595 people. In Redwood City, there are 4,280 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. More than a quarter of the residents of Redwood City identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino, and 32% of the population speak Spanish as their primary or secondary language. Redwood City is known to be family friendly as more than 77% of the population has already tied the knot. It might also be worth noting that 50% of residents also have children under the age of 18.

      Living in Redwood City can be a great 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! Finding the best places to live in Redwood City and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes amenities, education, employment, housing and other important metrics.

      With a livability score of 74/100, Redwood City is ranked #5,891 in the United States and #234 in California. If we consider each of the categories on their own, we see that Redwood City ranks well for amenities (A+), crime (A-), weather (B+) and employment (B+). On a less positive note, Redwood City does not have favorable grades for the following: cost of living (F) and education (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 Redwood City 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.

      Assuming that Redwood City meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Redwood City. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Redwood City are simply unattainable. The median home price for Redwood City homes is $924,300, which is 125.8% higher than the California average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Redwood City, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 10.2, which is 59.4% higher than the California average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Redwood City area were 14.4% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 13.8%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

      Redwood City transportation information

      StatisticRedwood CityCaliforniaNational
      Average one way commute25min28min26min
      Workers who drive to work72.2%73.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool9.8%10.6%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit5.6%5.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle2.2%1.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk3.2%2.7%2.8%
      Working from home5.6%5.4%4.6%

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