Whittier 68 Average
Whittier Livability #496 ranked city in California#13,745 ranked city in the USARanks better than 53% of areas
A+ Whittier Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Whittier Cost of Living Cost of living is 1% higher than California
14141% more expensive than the US average
14040% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Whittier cost of living
B- Whittier Crime Total crime is 15% lower than California
Total crime
2,1996% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 466% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-10%Year over year crime is down
Whittier crime
C Whittier Employment Household income is 6% higher than California
Median household income
$67,43122% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$28,5084% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%8% lower than the US average
Whittier employment
D+ Whittier Housing Home value is 12% higher than California
Median home value
$458,500148% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,22229% higher than the US average
Home ownership
57%10% lower than the US average
Whittier real estate or Whittier rentals
D+ Whittier Schools HS graduation rate is 3% higher than California
High school grad. rates
82%1% lower than the US average
School test scores
n/a100% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
22:138% higher than the US average
Whittier K-12 schools
C+ Whittier User Ratings There are a total of 8 ratings in Whittier
Overall user rating
66% 8 total ratings
User reviews rating
50% 1 total reviews
User surveys rating
71% 7 total surveys
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      Living in Whittier, CA

      Whittier is a moderately-sized city located in the state of California. The city has a population of 86,630 inhabitants. In Whittier, there are 5,914 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. More than a quarter of the residents of Whittier identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino, and 37% of the population speak Spanish as their primary or secondary language. If finding a family friendly city is important to you, look no further. With more than 70% of the population considered married and 53% with kids under the age of 18, Whittier could be considered a very suitable city for families.

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

      Whittier has a livability score of 68/100 and is ranked #449 in California and #12,727 in the USA. For each of the livability categories, we can establish that Whittier ranks very well for amenities (A+) and weather (A+). The bad news for Whittier, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: cost of living (F) and education (F).

      Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Whittier 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. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Whittier: Starlight Cinemas, Whittier Village, Farmer's market, and Pio Pico State Historical Park.

      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 Whittier is actually affordable. The median home price for Whittier homes is $458,500, which is 12% higher than the California average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Whittier, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 6.8, which is 6.2% higher than the California average. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in Whittier were 2.4%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 8.2%.

      Whittier transportation information

      Average one way commute32min28min26min
      Workers who drive to work80.7%73.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool9.1%10.6%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit2.8%5.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.2%1.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk1.7%2.7%2.8%
      Working from home4.3%5.4%4.6%

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