Barstow

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

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$93,600
National
$176,700
Median Rent
$738
National
$904
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    52%
  • Own
    48%

Barstow Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    655
    264
  • Murder
    4
    5
  • Rape
    47
    37
  • Robbery
    223
    135
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,405
    575
  • Theft
    1,315
    2,114
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    625
    257

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$40,648
National
$53,046
Children
25%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    5%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    7%
    18%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    37%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    32%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    20%
    14%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges

Reviews

28 reviews
  • Excellent
    1
  • Very Good
    7
  • Average
    18
  • Poor
    2
  • Terrible
    0
I absolutely love the neighborhood I live in, but the town is getting to become too much desert for me. I have lived in the desert all of my life and my husband and I believe that it will soon be time for a change of scenery and weather! As soon as we are able, we would like to move East and find a nice city around Colorado or New Mexico. I could never get tired of the beautiful scenery, skies, and rain!
  • Niche User
  • 6 months ago
Barstow is a small town located in the Mojave desert, sitting on the I-15 and I-40, famous for being the halfway point between L.A. and Las Vegas. At first glance, as so many people have said, Barstow is "small," "nothing but gas stations," and looks like "nobody lives there." Having lived in Barstow all my life, I admit that there is some truth to these observations, but the quote "never judge a book by its cover" then comes to mind. I have seen the values to living in this small desert town. A benefit, and one that I often take advantage of, is because Barstow is in the desert, the outdoors are easily and readily accessible. I have gone on hikes, camping trips, off-roading, shooting spots, star gazing, and sand boarding all within 10 minutes of town. In fact, the love and appreciation that I have for the surrounding desert played a significant role in earning my Eagle Scout rank. It is because of its desert surroundings that all these outdoor activities are possible.
  • Current Resident
  • 3 months ago
I currently live in Barstow, Califfornia. I moved here two years ago from Bakersfield,Ca. Barstow is a small town, town is literally one big circle. This town is great for networking and creating happenstance. Although it has great positives it also has some negatives, which include, increasing crime rates, and an early stop time for routes on public transportation. If you have a car or are planning to get a car this town is a great start on a new life.
  • Current Resident
  • 3 months ago