71 reviews
  1. Suburb of San Francisco, CA
A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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-

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$448,500
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$1,372
National
$928
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
    273
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    25
    41
  • Robbery
    28
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    398
    525
  • Theft
    1,200
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    220
    263

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$88,394
National
$53,889
Children
19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    16%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    27%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    36%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    16%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools

Benicia Reviews

71 reviews
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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
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.
My overall experience of Benicia has been wonderful. The general atmosphere of Benicia is quiet, pleasant and welcoming to all. Anyone can feel comfortable in this town standing on any street at any time of the day or night. I moved away once for a few years and returned when life didn't work out else where. I would most definitly choose to live here in Benicia again and experience what i have experienced in my 35+ years of living in this awesome town. I rank Benicia a definite 10 out of all the places I've experienced and lived in which include Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Claymont, Delaware, Edgewater, Maryland, Fort Dix, New Jersey, Spring Valley, California & Coronado, California. I see opportunity for all in Benicia to accomplish and excel in anything they choose to do, which would only benefit their one and only life they choose to live and in a positive manner and way.