Vista 65 Below average
Vista Livability #690 ranked city in California#18,080 ranked city in the USARanks better than 38% of areas
A+ Vista Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Vista Cost of Living Cost of living is 1% lower than California
13838% more expensive than the US average
14040% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Vista cost of living
B- Vista Crime Total crime is 42% lower than California
Total crime
1,50936% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 6736% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-14%Year over year crime is down
Vista crime
C- Vista Employment Household income is 15% lower than California
Median household income
$54,2032% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$23,46321% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%28% lower than the US average
Vista employment
D+ Vista Housing Home value is 4% lower than California
Median home value
$392,700113% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,33140% higher than the US average
Home ownership
48%25% lower than the US average
Vista real estate or Vista rentals
F Vista Schools HS graduation rate is 5% lower than California
High school grad. rates
76%8% lower than the US average
School test scores
n/a100% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
21:130% higher than the US average
Vista K-12 schools
C- Vista User Ratings There are a total of 26 ratings in Vista
Overall user rating
61% 26 total ratings
User reviews rating
50% 7 total reviews
User surveys rating
71% 19 total surveys
all Vista poll results

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      Living in Vista, CA

      Vista, California is a moderately-sized city with a population of 98,560 people. Vista has a population density of 5,271 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. If we take a look at the last Census, the vast majority of the population falls within one racial group (80% White). Given that fact, Vista could be considered less diverse than other cities. Additionally, more than a quarter of the population of Vista are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 35% of the population also speak Spanish. With an average age of 33 years old, Vista could be a great place to live for young adults as this age is well below the national average. Vista has a high percentage of people who are married with children when compared to the rest of the country. In total, more than 71% of the population is classified as married and 54% have kids.

      Living in Vista can be a great experience for anyone relocating to the area. Having said that, in the state of California, there are many incredible places to live, so choose wisely! The best areas in Vista and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from weather, education, housing, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the California and national averages.

      Vista has a livability score of 67/100 and is ranked #513 in California and #14,324 in the USA. If we explore each of the categories individually, we see that Vista ranks well for amenities (A+) and weather (A). On a less positive note, Vista does not have favorable scores for the following: cost of living (F) and education (F). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

      Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Vista 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. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Vista: Moonlight Ampitheatre, The Wave Waterpark, and Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum.

      Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Vista. 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 Vista are affordable. Median real estate prices in Vista come in at $392,700, which is 4.1% lower than the California average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Vista, the home price to income ratio is 7.2, which is 12.5% higher than the California average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Vista area were 6.4% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 8.7%. 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.

      Vista transportation information

      Average one way commute24min28min26min
      Workers who drive to work81.6%73.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool9.4%10.6%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit1.7%5.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.4%1.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk1.5%2.7%2.8%
      Working from home4.2%5.4%4.6%

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