A+ Thousand Oaks Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Thousand Oaks Cost of Living Cost of living is 21% higher than California
Thousand Oaks
17070% more expensive than the US average
14040% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Thousand Oaks cost of living
A+ Thousand Oaks Crime Total crime is 56% lower than California
Total crime
1,24252% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 8152% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-13%Year over year crime is down
Thousand Oaks crime
B- Thousand Oaks Employment Household income is 58% higher than California
Median household income
$101,04583% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$47,42359% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%12% higher than the US average
Thousand Oaks employment
D- Thousand Oaks Housing Home value is 56% higher than California
Median home value
$637,100245% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,896100% higher than the US average
Home ownership
70%10% higher than the US average
Thousand Oaks real estate or Thousand Oaks rentals
B Thousand Oaks Schools HS graduation rate is 15% higher than California
High school grad. rates
92%11% higher than the US average
School test scores
57%15% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
22:137% higher than the US average
Thousand Oaks K-12 schools or Thousand Oaks colleges

Living in Thousand Oaks, CA

Thousand Oaks, California is a mid-sized city with a population of 128,623 people. If we look at the most recent Census, Thousand Oaks is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Asian and Black. Thousand Oaks has a high percentage of people who are married with children when compared to the rest of the country. In total, more than 82% of the population is classified as married and 59% have kids.

Whether you’re relocating to a new town to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Thousand Oaks could be a positive experience compared to other cities in California if you know where to search. The best areas in Thousand Oaks and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from amenities, crime, cost of living, education, housing, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the California and national averages.

Thousand Oaks, CA receives 77/100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #143 in California and #3,664 in the USA. This is a phenomenal score, as Thousand Oaks ranks well in multiple categories! If we take a closer look at each of the categories on their own, we see that Thousand Oaks ranks well for amenities (A+), crime (A+), weather (A), education (B) and employment (B-). There are some categories that Thousand Oaks scores poorly for, including: cost of living (F) and housing (D-). It might be worth taking a closer look to find out why.

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Thousand Oaks 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. Some of the notable things to do include: The Gardens of the World, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, and Ventura County Gilbert and Sullivan Repertoire Company.

Feeling a sense of safety in the area that you live in is a must for most people. Low crime rates can have a positive impact on things like home prices, home appreciation rates and the overall sense of community. Thousand Oaks has a violent crime rate of 133 crimes per 100,000 residents which is far lower than the national average.

Assuming that Thousand Oaks meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Thousand Oaks. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Thousand Oaks are simply unattainable. Median real estate prices in Thousand Oaks come in at $637,100, which is 55.7% higher than the California average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Thousand Oaks, the home price to income ratio is 6.3, which is 1.6% lower than the California average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Thousand Oaks will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Thousand Oaks, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 3.2%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 6.2%.

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Going Downhill Lately

I have lived in the Oak Park/Westlake/Thousand Oaks area for 30 years. I agree that the cost of living is an F, it’s ridiculous. Like anywhere else in California, you pay steep fines for using too much water, the combined income and sales taxes are some of the highest in the nation, and local businesses and restaraunts price gouge the heck out of you. I got a burger, fries and a drink at Fat Burger last week and it was $22. Weather getting an “A” seems awfully subjective. If you don’t like seasons (like, any seasons at all) and you just like heat and wind year round, I guess it’s an A. We are in the wild fire epicenter of the United States. Last year at Christmas it was 85 degrees and ashes were falling from the sky. The forecast on my iPhone literally said “smoke.” Crime is probably the most misleading score of all. Thousand Oaks includes Westlake Village in their crime statistics which pulls down the curve substantially. Additionally, crime is lower here simply because some things aren’t considered crimes in California that are in other states. Marijuana is legal, as a result I now live next to a “grow house” that deals weed, in a neighborhood where the average home value is $800k. Homelessness and panhandling has exploded in terms of numbers and how aggressive the panhandlers get in soliciting. Even though we have laws against aggressive panhandling, the police don’t enforce them. I have had my car broken into twice in the last ten years, once by a Mexican gang from a neighboring city, the second time was in my own driveway in the middle of the night (again, $800k neighborhood). So as far as crime goes, draw your own conclusions. I know homelessness by itself isn’t a crime, but do you want a booming homeless population in YOUR neighborhood? Lastly for the negatives, it is just not a very interesting place. It lacks any real culture or history and there’s not much to be attached to here. The shopping and dining is very good. There are a lot of options. And you are 1-2 hours away from a lot of attractions like Disneyland, beaches, Six Flags, the LA zoo etc. So there are quite a few day-trip options. Overall like most places it is a mixed bag, but bottom line it is expensive, plain, hot and windy. And with the homelessness boom, it doesn’t feel worth the cost.
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Thousand Oaks - One of California's Safest Cities

Want a great Californian city to live in that's safe? Then look no further than Thousand Oaks, one of the best cities in southern California. I visited the city of Thousand Oaks during one summer, and was so impressed with this upbeat sophisticated city. Compared to cities like Santa Ana and Chula Vista, I felt much safer visiting Thousand Oaks.

Thousand Oaks consistently ranks as one of the top safest cities in the country, which is another reason I absolutely love Thousand Oaks. It is also one of the best job creators in the country, since technology firms flock to this area and Silicon Valley. Biotechnology and telecommunications are very popular businesses in the area. If you are a young business professional, then seriously consider pursuing higher education in this area of California or seeking job offers from this area. There is no better place to raise a family in California than Thousand Oaks!

In addition to being safe and non-creepy (unlike Santa Ana), this city offers breathtaking views of the ocean and Los Angeles forest. I highly recommend biking or running in the L.A. forest! Truly a must.

Overall, I'd love to visit Thousand Oaks again. I had a fabulous time and I'm sure you would too!
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Source: The Thousand Oaks, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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