Ridgecrest 67 Average
Ridgecrest Livability #494 ranked city in California#16,430 ranked city in the USARanks better than 43% of areas
A+ Ridgecrest Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
D- Ridgecrest Cost of Living Cost of living is 22% lower than California
1099% more expensive than the US average
14040% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Ridgecrest cost of living
D+ Ridgecrest Crime Total crime is 33% lower than California
Total crime
1,86625% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 5425% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-19%Year over year crime is down
Ridgecrest crime
D Ridgecrest Employment Household income is 6% lower than California
Median household income
$59,7808% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$28,0956% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
6%30% higher than the US average
Ridgecrest employment
C- Ridgecrest Housing Home value is 59% lower than California
Median home value
$166,50010% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$8599% lower than the US average
Home ownership
61%4% lower than the US average
Ridgecrest real estate or Ridgecrest rentals
D- Ridgecrest Schools HS graduation rate is 8% higher than California
High school grad. rates
86%4% higher than the US average
School test scores
42%15% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
21:129% higher than the US average
Ridgecrest K-12 schools
C- Ridgecrest User Ratings There are a total of 6 ratings in Ridgecrest
Overall user rating
61% 6 total ratings
User reviews rating
65% 2 total reviews
User surveys rating
57% 4 total surveys
all Ridgecrest poll results

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      Living in Ridgecrest, CA

      Ridgecrest, California is a medium-sized city with a population of 28,604 residents. The majority of Ridgecrest residents report their race to be White; this is followed by Black and Asian. If you are looking for a family friendly city, Ridgecrest might be a good fit as 77% of the population over 15 years old are married, and 58% have kids who are 18 years old or younger.

      Without the right tools, moving to any new city can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Ridgecrest, California could be a fulfilling experience for anyone who puts in the effort to do the research required. The best areas in Ridgecrest and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from amenities, crime, employment, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the California and national averages.

      With a livability score of 69/100, Ridgecrest is ranked #11,624 in the United States and #412 in California. For each of the livability categories, we see that Ridgecrest ranks very well for amenities (A+) and weather (B). The bad news for Ridgecrest, there are some categories for which it does not rank well, this includes: crime (D-), cost of living (D), education (D-) and employment (D).

      Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Ridgecrest, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the notable things to do include: Maturango Museum, China Lake Naval Weapons Center, and Little Petroglyph Canyon.

      Assuming that Ridgecrest meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Ridgecrest. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Ridgecrest are simply unattainable. The median home price for Ridgecrest homes is $166,500, which is 59.3% lower than the California average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Ridgecrest, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 2.8, which is 56.3% lower than the California average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Ridgecrest area were 3.1% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 4.6%. 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.

      Ridgecrest transportation information

      Average one way commute14min28min26min
      Workers who drive to work77.9%73.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool12.0%10.6%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit0.1%5.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle1.9%1.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk2.1%2.7%2.8%
      Working from home3.6%5.4%4.6%

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