Benicia

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

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$424,000
National
$176,700
Median Rent
$1,369
National
$904
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    32%
  • Own
    68%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    50
    264
  • Murder
    0
    5
  • Rape
    14
    37
  • Robbery
    29
    135
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    522
    575
  • Theft
    1,019
    2,114
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    202
    257

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$89,094
National
$53,046
Children
19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    16%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    26%
    18%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    39%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    16%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    14%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools

Reviews

70 reviews
  • Excellent
    18
  • Very Good
    32
  • Average
    17
  • Poor
    2
  • Terrible
    1
City just seems to keep getting more run down. The streets are falling apart, crime is becoming more prevalent (lots of drugs and recently seeing more shots fired), school system really is just average for CA despite what everyone tells you, driving down Military West or East you just see weeds everywhere in the center divide and sides of the streets. I have never lived in a place where there are so many people that had teenage pregnancies. Last year or year before we got hit with higher sales tax for the promise of improving all sorts of things around town. Almost none of those promises have been fulfilled. You really only have one selection of grocery store (Raley's does a great job) because the Safeway does not seem to understand that they need more than two checkout stands open. The town is tiny and people love to gossip, everyone knows your business. There is also just a sense of apathy, not many people seem to really care about improving their lot in life. We joke that people in town have the motto "Ignorance is Bliss." The city seems to have hit its peak in 1980 and is trying to still live that dream. Oh and one more little thing, THERE IS A GIANT OIL REFINERY IN TOWN! People will try and tell you that the prevailing winds blow the smoke out of town. Why was my white car on the opposite side of town and away from the winds always covered in a fine black soot? The city has a ridiculously high rate of asthma.
  • Niche User
  • 6 months ago
Peaceful atmosphere for adults and families.Slowly working towards owning or renting a home in the said area. Compared to other areas,... Benicia is like a small, pure diamond, or a a golden nugget in the middle of San Francisco and Sacramento CA. I see career minded people and continued success with education and schools! Also it will be a town of Arts and Artists. Thank you
  • Niche User
  • 4 months ago
This is one of the best suburbs of San Francisco to raise a family. It's a small town that borders the Carquinez Straight. Benicia has a great school system. There are several elementary schools, but I highly recommend Joe Henderson Elementary School. I attended this school and, as an adult, I still have fond memories. The middle and high school are also incredible. The town has a tight knit, family-like vibe. Downtown Benicia is beautiful. It has great restaurants, bars, and antique shops. It is located right next to the water, so it has beautiful views spanning from the Carquinez Bridge to the Benicia Bridge. There is also a lot of history within Benicia. Benicia was California's first state capital. The state capital building remains on First Street and is a great museum to visit. Benicia is also home to the camel barns, which hold a great deal of history, as well.
  • Current Resident
  • 9 days ago