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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    C
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    C
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    A-
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    A-
Barstow is a town in California with a population of 23,609. Barstow is in San Bernardino County. Living in Barstow offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Barstow there are a lot of parks. Many families live in Barstow and residents tend to lean liberal.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$99,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$719
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    55%
  • Own
    45%
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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
    718
    282.7
  • Murder
    8.3
    6.1
  • Rape
    58.1
    40.7
  • Robbery
    398.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,444.3
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,423.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    705.5
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    19%
  • 10-17 years
    14%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    11%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    4%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    7%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    34%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    33%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    22%
    13%

Working in Barstow

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$36,606
National
$55,322
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Barstow Reviews

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Hello my name is Connie. I have lived in Barstow my whole life! I have completed all of grade school in this little town. It's a great place to grow up with friends and family! Everyone who asks me where I am from I usually reply with this saying,"I am from Barstow, where everyone breaks down on your way to or from Vegas". Barstow is famous for their Del Taco, you just cant beat it! I would recommend more activities for this small town that everyone can enjoy.
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I moved to Barstow when I was 10 years old and always enjoyed the small town feel. My mothers family have been here since the late 40s and we've always liked that we are located 2 hours away from Vegas, the beach or LA. I am what you would call a desert rat! I grew up hiking and riding quads and dirt bikes way out behind the mountains. Having moved all over the country and somehow I always manage to come back to Barstow and now I'm raising my kids just outside of Barstow in Yermo but still come to Barstow everyday to go to school and shop.
Great community for start!
Barstow Community College is cheapest college in units compare to other colleges in California. College have a good programs for students success in education, free parking lot, small classes. Barstow located between Los Angeles which take 2 hours and Las Vegas 2,5 hours away, so for night life and beach day you can decide on same-day.