Thousand Oaks 78 Exceptional
Thousand Oaks Livability #149 ranked city in California#4,815 ranked city in the USARanks better than 83% of areas
A+ Thousand Oaks Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Thousand Oaks Cost of Living Cost of living is 22% higher than California
Thousand Oaks
17171% 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 58% lower than California
Total crime
1,09753% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 9253% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-5%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
A- 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
n/a100% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
22:137% higher than the US average
Thousand Oaks K-12 schools
A- Thousand Oaks User Ratings There are a total of 24 ratings in Thousand Oaks
Overall user rating
80% 24 total ratings
User reviews rating
70% 4 total reviews
User surveys rating
84% 20 total surveys
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      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%.

      Thousand Oaks transportation information

      StatisticThousand OaksCaliforniaNational
      Average one way commute26min28min26min
      Workers who drive to work79.8%73.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool7.2%10.6%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit1.2%5.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.4%1.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk2.2%2.7%2.8%
      Working from home8.0%5.4%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Thousand Oaks, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).