A+ South Lake Tahoe Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F South Lake Tahoe Cost of Living Cost of living is 13% lower than California
South Lake Tahoe
12222% more expensive than the US average
14040% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
South Lake Tahoe cost of living
B- South Lake Tahoe Crime Total crime is 2% higher than California
Total crime
2,88312% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 3512% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
25%Year over year crime is up
South Lake Tahoe crime
F South Lake Tahoe Employment Household income is 34% lower than California
Median household income
$42,40123% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$25,88013% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
7%54% higher than the US average
South Lake Tahoe employment
C South Lake Tahoe Housing Home value is 16% lower than California
Median home value
$343,90086% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$8926% lower than the US average
Home ownership
44%30% lower than the US average
South Lake Tahoe real estate or South Lake Tahoe rentals
F South Lake Tahoe Schools HS graduation rate is 1% higher than California
High school grad. rates
81%2% lower than the US average
School test scores
39%21% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
25:157% higher than the US average
South Lake Tahoe K-12 schools or South Lake Tahoe colleges

Living in South Lake Tahoe, CA

South Lake Tahoe is a mid-sized city located in the state of California. The city has a population of 21,506 residents. According to the most recent Census, 73% of South Lake Tahoe residents are White, 5% Asian and 2% Black. Additionally, more than a quarter of the population of South Lake Tahoe are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 26% of the population also speak Spanish. If you are looking for a family friendly city, South Lake Tahoe might be a good fit as 71% of the population over 15 years old are married, and 60% have kids who are 18 years old or younger.

Whether you’re moving to a new city to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in South Lake Tahoe could be a positive experience compared to other cities in California if you know where to look. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like crime, weather, education, you can easily compare the best places to live in South Lake Tahoe and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare South Lake Tahoe to California and the national average.

Using data and statistics South Lake Tahoe has received a livability score of 64 out of 100. This score is ranked in the 36th percentile when compared to all other cities. If we consider each of the categories on their own, we see that South Lake Tahoe ranks well for amenities (A+). There are some categories that South Lake Tahoe ranks poorly for, including: cost of living (F), weather (D-), education (F) and employment (F). It might be worth taking a closer look to figure out why.

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy South Lake Tahoe 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: Tahoe Photographic Tours, Lake Tahoe HeliTahoe Helicopters, and Tahoe Queen.

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 available, most people will need to know if the real estate in South Lake Tahoe is actually affordable. Median real estate prices in South Lake Tahoe come in at $343,900, which is 16% lower than the California average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In South Lake Tahoe, the home price to income ratio is 8.1, which is 26.6% higher than the California average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the South Lake Tahoe area were 8.2% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 9.2%. 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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      The Views of South Lake Tahoe

      I've lived at or near Lake Tahoe for most of my life and don't plan on leaving anytime soon. The beauty and serenity the area brings cannot be beat. The sights of the crystal clear blue lake in the summer and snow-covered mountains are what people travel from around the world to see.

      This is a great place to live or visit if you enjoy the outdoors. In the winters there are a number of resorts to choose from to snowboard or ski at. Once the snow has melted there are beautiful trails everywhere to hike and mountain bike. When temperatures get warmer in the summer the lake provides hours of enjoyment.

      One nice thing about South Lake Tahoe, is that everything a person needs is in the area. There are ample places to shop and a number of delicious, local restaurants to enjoy in the area. If you need to go to a bigger city, there are a few to choose from. Reno, Nevada is a short one-hour drive and Sacramento is a two-hour drive.
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      Source: The South Lake Tahoe, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).