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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    C-
  8. Weather
    A
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A+
Arcata is a town in California with a population of 17,814. Arcata is in Humboldt County. Living in Arcata offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Arcata there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many young professionals live in Arcata and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Arcata are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$335,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$939
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    63%
  • Own
    37%
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Arcata Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    188.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    5.5
    6.1
  • Rape
    83
    40.7
  • Robbery
    77.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    492.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,833
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    354.1
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    5%
  • 10-17 years
    5%
  • 18-24 years
    39%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    8%
  • 45-54 years
    8%
  • 55-64 years
    9%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    20%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    31%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    14%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%

Working in Arcata

Jobs
C-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$30,866
National
$55,322
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Arcata Reviews

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I love Arcata. Everyone is very laid back and live at a slow pace. Much different to San Diego, where I lived before I came to Humboldt State. The locals that I've talked to are very helpful and welcoming. What I'd like to change is the housing crisis both in Arcata as well as at the university. Because Arcata is little college town, I feel safe walking around because of how many students are around me. However, there is a good amount of homeless people who leave trash all around. It'd be good to have a program to get them jobs and potentially a place to live. But other than that, Arcata is one of the most beautiful little towns I've ever seen!
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I love this wonderful beach community! Great college, great music scene, and great beer! The people are wonderful. However, the homeless and drug addict population is rather noticeable.
The redwoods and beaches won me over when deciding upon an undergraduate University. Humboldt State is an incredible University and the hidden gem of the CSU system. The professors tend to have extensive experience from across the world. What makes Arcata magical is the community. Farmers markets, fishing competitions, musical shows in the forest, and lets not forget the Kinetic Sculpture Races every summer! After living here for 4 years I am still discovering new places to explore. My favorite discovery was a covered bridge tucked away in the outskirts of Arcata. Sometimes this little town feels like it's taken a step back in time! Arcata will always have a special place in my heart.