A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    D
  8. Weather
    A
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A+

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$319,300
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$899
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    67%
  • Own
    33%

Arcata 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
    191
    0
  • Murder
    11
    0
  • Rape
    39
    41
  • Robbery
    62
    0
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    899
    1
  • Theft
    2,490
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    377
    0

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$29,435
National
$53,889
Children
11%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    20%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    29%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    14%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%
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Arcata Reviews

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Arcata has beautiful scenery! The nature is breath taking. There is plenty of hiking, rivers, and beaches to be enjoyed. The people are very friendly and welcoming. It is an inexpensive area to live in with great schools all around. The only downfall is that this area is mostly Caucasian with not much diversity.
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Beautiful town filled with beautiful people! Surrounded by ocean and redwood forest, how could you go wrong! So many outdoor adventures to be had in Humboldt County. Friendly college town!
Arcata is a typical college town on the California Coast, with the University nestled against the surrounding ancient Redwood forests. The town is very eco-friendly, vegan/vegetarian friendly, and yes- mostly 215 friendly. It is usually busy during the school months and quiet in the summer. Some of the best things that make this town unique are the annual Oyster festival, the annual Kinetic Sculpture race, and the year-round wine tasting events.