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A+ San Fernando Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F San Fernando Cost of Living Cost of living is 7% lower than California
San Fernando
12929% more expensive than the US average
California
13838% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
San Fernando cost of living
D+ San Fernando Crime Total crime is 35% lower than California
Total crime
1,92830% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 5230% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-21%Year over year crime is down
San Fernando crime
D- San Fernando Employment Household income is 13% lower than California
Median household income
$55,7341% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$18,38338% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%18% higher than the US average
San Fernando employment
D+ San Fernando Housing Home value is 16% lower than California
Median home value
$343,50086% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,18925% higher than the US average
Home ownership
55%13% lower than the US average
San Fernando real estate or San Fernando rentals
F San Fernando Schools HS graduation rate is 26% lower than California
High school grad. rates
59%29% lower than the US average
School test scores
23%54% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
21:129% higher than the US average
San Fernando K-12 schools or San Fernando colleges

Living in San Fernando, CA

Located in the state of California, San Fernando is a mid-sized city with a population of 24,396 residents. In San Fernando, there are 10,276 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. More than a quarter of the residents of San Fernando identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino, and 78% of the population speak Spanish as their primary or secondary language. The median age of all San Fernando residents is 32, which is well below the national average. This is a good indication that this city could be ideal for young singles.

If you’re considering moving to any new city, it could be a very intimidating task. However, it could also be a great experience if you are willing to get to know the town before actually living in San Fernando, California. To help you find the best places to live in and around San Fernando, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like crime, education, housing and more.

San Fernando, CA receives 61 out of 100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #916 in California and #22,047 in the USA. For each of the livability categories, we see that San Fernando ranks very well for amenities (A+) and weather (A+). San Fernando does not fare well for the following: crime (D-), cost of living (F), education (F) and employment (D-). It might be a smart idea to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., San Fernando has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive.

San Fernando real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in San Fernando. Median real estate prices in San Fernando come in at $343,500, which is 16.1% lower than the California average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In San Fernando, the home price to income ratio is 6.2, which is 3.1% lower than the California average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the San Fernando area were 8.3% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 10.1%. 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.

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Compare San Fernando, CA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around San Fernando, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Oakmont, Glendale8312.7719
Verdugo Woodlands, Glendale82147,722
Brockmont, Glendale8112.9596
Rossmoyne, Glendale81148,294
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Sparr Heights, Glendale80131,810
El Miradero, Glendale7911.43,627
Crescenta Highlands, Glendale791110,550
Whiting Woods, Glendale7911.895

Best Cities Near San Fernando, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
La Cañada Flintridge, CA8514.520,477
Marina del Rey, CA8521.69,782
Hermosa Beach, CA8529.319,726
Manhattan Beach, CA8427.735,573
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
San Marino, CA8421.713,324
Hidden Hills, CA8415.51,573
South Pasadena, CA8320.225,936
Rolling Hills, CA8236.91,760

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Trash, Rampant Petty Lawlessness, Stray Animals and Hit-and-Run Accidents Galore

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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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Attractions9/10
Community7/10
Nightlife9/10
Dining9/10
Shopping9/10
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).
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