San Fernando 61 Average
San Fernando Livability #576 ranked city in California#17,535 ranked city in the USARanks better than 40% of areas

Pros and Cons of Living in San Fernando

  • Amenities

    Conveniently located, the area boasts a variety of amenities, including grocery stores, shopping, coffee shops and entertainment options all within walking distance.

  • Commute

    Low commute scores could be due to limited access to public transit in this area, as well as longer-than-average work commute times for residents.

  • Cost Of Living

    This area is known for its high cost of living, which means you should anticipate higher costs for everyday goods and services, housing, groceries, and health care.

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What's it like Living in San Fernando?

San Fernando, California is a mid-sized city with a population of 24,244 people. San Fernando has a population density of 10,211 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. More than a quarter of the residents of San Fernando identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino, and 76% of the population speak Spanish as their primary or secondary language. When traveling to work, spending unnecessary time in your vehicle is not ideal and downright frustrating. Across all of America, the average one way commute time is 26 minutes, unfortunately, living in San Fernando offers up a higher than average one way commute time of 30 minutes.

Whether you’re relocating to a new city to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in San Fernando could be a positive experience compared to other cities in California if you know where to search. Don't forget to determine what matters most to you in a neighborhood. Consider factors such as safety, proximity to work or school, access to amenities (like parks, fitness facilities, grocery stores, restaurants), public transportation options, community atmosphere and the overall vibe you're looking for. To help you find the best places to live in and around San Fernando, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, education, housing and more.

San Fernando, CA receives 64/100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #453 in California and #12,398 in the USA. For each of the livability categories, we see that San Fernando ranks very well for amenities (A), crime (B-), education (A-) and employment (B-). The bad news for San Fernando, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: cost of living (F).

If you're living in San Fernando, you can expect to enjoy a multitude of local amenities, mostly thanks to the strategic placement of essential services such as grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks and various shops. If you're contemplating a move to this locale with the intent of establishing it as your permanent residence, you'll be pleased to find an extensive array of amenities and recreational opportunities within easy reach, either on foot or via a brief commute. This wealth of accessible amenities not only enhances the livability of the area but also ensures that you can enjoy a rich and fulfilling lifestyle, making San Fernando an attractive destination for those seeking a vibrant and well-served community to call home.

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are attainable, we'll need to know if the real estate in San Fernando is actually affordable. Median real estate prices in San Fernando come in at $471,500, which is 15.2% higher 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 7.8, which is 21.9% higher than the California average.

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      San Fernando transportation information

      Statistic San Fernando California National
      Average one way commute30min28min26min
      Workers who drive to work77.4%73.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool12.9%10.6%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit4.0%5.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.3%1.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk1.9%2.7%2.8%
      Working from home1.2%5.4%4.6%
      Source: The San Fernando, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).