South Whittier 54 Below average
South Whittier Livability #900 ranked city in California#23,615 ranked city in the USARanks better than 19% of areas

Pros and Cons of Living in South Whittier

  • Employment

    With higher than average median household income, income per capita and lower unemployment rates, this area scores extremely well in the employment category.

  • Ratings

    According to recent surveys and polls, locals had excellent ratings for walkability to nearby amenities, safety, access to public transit and the overall sense of community in the area.

  • Amenities

    The majority of amenities will be difficult to reach within a short walk, often requiring residents to use a vehicle or public transportation for access.

  • 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.

  • Crime

    Reporting high crime rates per 100,000 people, this area may be perceived as an unsafe place to reside. These statistics encompass both violent and property crime rates.

  • Health & Safety

    Subpar air quality and the limited availability of certain health-related facilities such as hospitals, police stations, doctors and pharmacies may have contributed to the low score in this category.

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What's it like Living in South Whittier?

South Whittier is a moderately-sized city located in the state of California. The city has a population of 58,616 residents. South Whittier has a population density of 10,981 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. More than a quarter of the residents of South Whittier identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino, and 50% of the population speak Spanish as their primary or secondary language. The median age of all South Whittier residents is 33, which is well below the national average. This is a good indication that this city could be ideal for a younger demographic. An important consideration when living in South Whittier is the longer-than-average commute times. If you seek a short work commute, this area may not be the best choice for you. The one-way commute time here typically takes 33 minutes, far surpassing the national average of 26 minutes.

Whether you’re moving to a new town to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in South Whittier 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. The best areas in South Whittier and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from crime, commute, education, employment, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the California and national averages.

South Whittier has a livability score of 55 out of 100 and is ranked #846 in California and #22,064 in the USA. This score ranks well below the United States average. With such a low livability score, it might be worth investigating a little further. For each of the livability categories, we see that South Whittier ranks very well for employment (B+). The bad news for South Whittier, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: amenities (F), crime (F) and cost of living (F).

Being close to public transit, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in South Whittier. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in South Whittier are affordable. The median home price for South Whittier homes is $501,900, which is 22.6% higher than the California average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in South Whittier, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 6.6, which is 3.1% higher than the California average.

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      South Whittier transportation information

      Statistic South Whittier California National
      Average one way commute33min28min26min
      Workers who drive to work82.3%73.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool10.6%10.6%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit1.3%5.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.2%1.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk0.9%2.7%2.8%
      Working from home3.6%5.4%4.6%
      Source: The South Whittier, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).