San Fernando, CA

Population: 24,396

Key findings

  • San Fernando has a Livability Score of 58/100, which is considered below average
  • San Fernando crime rates are 46% lower than the California average
  • Cost of living in San Fernando is 7% lower than the California average
  • San Fernando real estate prices are 16% lower than the California average
  • Rental prices in San Fernando are 8% lower than the California average

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      Trash, Rampant Petty Lawlessness, Stray Animals and Hit-and-Run Accidents Galore
      San Fernando, California is nowhere (and I do mean NOWHERE) near the ocean. The closest beach is 45-90 minutes away, depending on traffic. Trash on the street is fairly common, especially in less incorporated areas where illegal dumping of old furniture/appliances is a HUGE problem. There's a county run hospital in Sylmar (less than 5 miles away), so the homeless population/encampments is significant. Dining establishments (actual restaurants) are limited and lack diversity; except for a Dennys, an IHOP and a couple other establishments most restaurants serve only Mexican food. Fast food is well represented (McDonald's, Burger King, Subway, Domino's, El Pollo Loco, Taco Bell, KFC and amazingly an In 'N Out). But, if you're worried about the lack of dining options, don't be. There’s an unlicensed street/food vendor selling Mexican food, that has never been inspected by the health department, on every other corner. Except for a Home Depot, Costco, Lowe's, Office Depot, Smart & Final, Vallarta and a Best Buy, almost all shopping is done at various discount stores (DD's Discounts, Payless Shoes, Dollar Tree, Big Lots). Entertainment/nightlife is virtually non-existent; there are a couple VERY small bars that cater exclusively to Hispanic customers. The nearest movie theater is 15-25 minutes away; depending on traffic. Housing is expensive:
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      Sunny San Fernando
      San Fernando, California is always beautiful year round with gorgeous sun and lovely beach areas. It is an awesome place to go out and explore, shop, and have fun with your family and friends! There are hundreds of places to visit for entertainment, dozens of options for public transit, great parks for children and so much more! My time in San Fernando, California was amazing with non-stop entertainment and fun outdoor activities like hiking, biking, and zip lining! You can never get enough fun in this area with so much to do!
      Housing in this city can be quite a problem with lots of high prices for rent and for ultimately buying a home all together. Although there are beautiful homes in California, affordability can be a big problem along with employment and job openings. Jobs can be low in the area and can cause a stir when wanting to build a life here in San Fernando. Crime and the cost of living are very high in this area which make graduation rates really low.
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      Source: The San Fernando, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).