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A+ Simi Valley Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Simi Valley Cost of Living Cost of living is 7% higher than California
Simi Valley
15050% more expensive than the US average
14040% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Simi Valley cost of living
A Simi Valley Crime Total crime is 53% lower than California
Total crime
1,34048% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 7548% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-2%Year over year crime is down
Simi Valley crime
B- Simi Valley Employment Household income is 43% higher than California
Median household income
$91,19665% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$38,92731% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%9% lower than the US average
Simi Valley employment
D- Simi Valley Housing Home value is 15% higher than California
Median home value
$472,700156% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,76586% higher than the US average
Home ownership
72%14% higher than the US average
Simi Valley real estate or Simi Valley rentals
F Simi Valley Schools HS graduation rate is 11% higher than California
High school grad. rates
88%6% higher than the US average
School test scores
40%20% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
23:146% higher than the US average
Simi Valley K-12 schools or Simi Valley colleges

Living in Simi Valley, CA

Simi Valley, California is a mid-sized city with a population of 126,126 inhabitants. Simi Valley has a population density of 3,041 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. According to the most recent Census, 79% of Simi Valley residents are White, 9% Asian and 1% Black. 78% of the people in Simi Valley (over the age of 15) are married and 57% have kids under the age of eighteen. Knowing that, it’s safe to say that this area could be a great place for other families to lay down roots.

Living in Simi Valley can be a positive experience for anyone relocating to the city. Having said that, in the state of California, there are many amazing places to live, so choose wisely! Using the livability score which includes data from categories like amenities, cost of living, weather, education, employment, you can easily compare the best places to live in Simi Valley and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Simi Valley to California and the national average.

With a livability score of 70/100, Simi Valley is ranked #10,118 in the United States and #360 in California. There are seven total categories that generate the livability score. Simi Valley ranks well for amenities (A+), crime (A+), weather (B) and employment (B-). There are some categories that Simi Valley ranks poorly for, including: cost of living (F), education (F) and housing (D-). It might be worth taking a closer look to find out why.

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Simi Valley 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. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Lost Canyons Golf Club, and Coldwater Creek Spa.

Low violent crime (murder, rape, robbery, assault) is a must for most people when searching for a new area to live. At 145 crimes per 100,000 residents, Simi Valley has a violent crime rate that is far below the national average.

Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Simi Valley is real estate affordability. Median real estate prices in Simi Valley come in at $472,700, which is 15.5% higher than the California average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Simi Valley, the home price to income ratio is 5.2, which is 18.8% lower than the California average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Simi Valley area were 4.3% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 7.3%. 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 Simi Valley, CA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Simi Valley, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
West Hills, Los Angeles747.331,007
Portar Ranch, Los Angeles7310.822,688
Tarzana, Los Angeles7213.420,130
Woodland Hills, Los Angeles7110.945,798
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Chatsworth, Los Angeles708.441,309
Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles7017.322,500
Northridge, Los Angeles6812.7108,186
Winnetka, Los Angeles6310.967,623

Best Cities Near Simi Valley, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
La Cañada Flintridge, CA8531.620,477
Marina del Rey, CA8526.19,782
Hermosa Beach, CA8534.319,726
Manhattan Beach, CA8432.935,573
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
San Marino, CA8437.713,324
Hidden Hills, CA848.71,573
South Pasadena, CA8335.525,936
Rolling Hills, CA8241.91,760

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Middle Class town and far less "SoCal" than most of Southern California

I've lived in Simi Valley for 20 years and moved here from the midwest after college. If you're looking for nightlife, high end shopping or anything trendy/high fashion, look elsewhere. Simi Valley is Thousand Oaks's middle class cousin. It's draws families looking for a safe and somewhat affordable place to live. The common complaint is that there's nothing to do. People who live Simi Valley are really okay with this because it's a down full of families where Saturdays are filled with picking the kids up from soccer and going on a Costco run. That's Simi Valley. It's getting bigger and more crowded. A lot of what was great about Simi Valley like the BMX track is being torn down to make way for new apartments. Housing prices are high but in comparison to other areas, it's not that bad. The real draw back can be the commute. Even between Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley can be bad and there can be just gridlock in Simi Valley on the 118. Traffic on surface streets can be bad at times, especially in the evenings when people cut through Simi Valley rather than sit in traffic on the freeway.
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Pricey and Snobby

This is a very nice city with a plenty of parks and lots of activities. It is a very family orientated town. That being said, I want to start a family but can't afford anything more than a one bedroom apartment. For example, my rent in a nice one bedroom, 750 sqft. apartment is $1,450. This city is not a place to get started. I would recommend moving here once you have an established career and make great money. The vibe is typical of a high end So Cal city, ie. designer brands and a selfish attitude. Night life here is nonexistent, the town closes down at 10. You will find the typical chain restaurants here, I have yet to find a good local place (except for Toppers Pizza-yummy!) The mall here is outdoors it is really nice. One of the fun things about living here is the proximity to LA. It is super close and filming regularly occurs here.

So. Cal. Native
Lived in Simi a little over a year
From a more laid back beach community
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Simi Valley, California - One of CA's Best Cities!

As a political junkie, I love the historical features like Ronald Reagan's presidential library that this city offers to tourists and residents. Simi Hills is a great, tucked away gem in California that is little known to tourists. Located in southern California, the city of Simi Valley is right near Ventura County, Fernando Valley, and the greater Los Angeles area.

While I found the natural beauty of the area to be breathtaking, according to residents there are some fears about wild fires. Thus, if you are thinking about purchasing a home in Simi Valley, I would be aware that wild fires are often rampant in Simi Valley. Unfortunately, I do not feel comfortable recommending Simi Valley as a place for families to live in, even though I truly enjoyed meeting residents and business professionals of Simi Valley. There did seem to be a decent amount of the necessities like: shopping, restaurants, bars and some good attractions and other interesting things to do.

There are many great Universities located near Simi Valley, however, you would be required to commute to the city. Pepperdine and California Lutheran University are two great, religious Universities to consider for college. Since California tends to lean left politically, it can be refreshing to discover religious points of view in California! At least my friends in California have told me this. Overall, Simi Valley is breathtaking but not recommended for families.
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Source: The Simi Valley, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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