Arcata

104 reviews
  1. Town in California
A-
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Real Estate
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    C
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    D+
  8. Weather
    A
  9. Cost of Living
    D
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A+

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$319,200
National
$176,700
Median Rent
$908
National
$904
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    68%
  • Own
    32%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    259
    264
  • Murder
    0
    5
  • Rape
    73
    37
  • Robbery
    107
    135
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    811
    575
  • Theft
    2,812
    2,114
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    332
    257

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$30,244
National
$53,046
Children
11%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    18%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    29%
    18%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    14%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    14%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges

Reviews

104 reviews
  • Excellent
    16
  • Very Good
    42
  • Average
    38
  • Poor
    8
  • Terrible
    0
Diversity of white people of many faiths and creeds in the town; I would like to see more love for people of color and respect for woman in the nighttime. Community, are providing to people who are hungry; need compassion for the homeless. Need young adults interested in municipal government; there are civic groups and volunteering in earth care and people care. The best farmer’s markets and Co-Op; healthy locally sourced. There is a food pantry on campus. Students need nice housing; campus housing and classrooms are over booked. The teachers deserve to be paid more and honored. There is beauty in nature all around. This place ought to stay sustainable and not grow. Prohibit corporate chains unless they are a family business; there is still quality and character. Children grow up smart and beautiful here.
  • Current Resident
  • 3 months ago
I absolutely fell in love with Arcata when I decided to attend Humboldt State University. It is a very unique and small town surrounded by redwoods and the Pacific Ocean. The locals are very warm welcoming and there is so many activities to be a part of. For example, the Arcata Square provides multiple activities throughout the week like a Farmer's Market every Saturday and events for every holiday. There are no "big brand" stores or restaurants in Arcata, therefore, there are more "mom and pop" businesses that are very unique. The overall setting is fun and welcoming.
  • Niche User
  • 3 months ago
I love the local restaurants! Renata's Creperie and Los Bagels are two of my favorites. The crepes at Renata's are to die for, and sometimes they have live music playing. Los Bagels is a very laid back, relaxed place and serves not only quality bagels, but also very satisfying baked goods. Hey Juan's Burritos is another really cool local restaurant. It supports local artists by selling their art for them, and it they hold "Heavy Metal Thursdays." The workers are all very relaxed, but they do their job well. Overall, the local restaurants each bring their own light to the table. They all stand out in their own way, and have something unique to offer the town.
  • Niche User
  • Apr 4 2015