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

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$205,800
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$1,011
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    39%
  • Own
    61%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    No Data
    273
  • Murder
    No Data
    6
  • Rape
    No Data
    41
  • Robbery
    No Data
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    No Data
    525
  • Theft
    No Data
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    No Data
    263

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$44,024
National
$53,889
Children
16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    4%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    11%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    43%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    32%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    10%
    13%

    Big Bear City Reviews

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    Great place to live. It has many great, beautiful scenic views. Great trails, restaurants, small shops, and great people. Many teens that live here say they want to move but when they do, they end up missing it tons, and want to move back because their friends are here. It's the fact that it's a small community that makes you feel special, you feel loved by the caring people that reside here. A place of great things, and I know I've been here for years.
    The weather is what could be described as four seasons, which is not typical for Southern California. However, because we are located at 6,000 feet above sea level and have 2 mountain ski resorts that are above 8,000 feet, we have snow in the winter and refreshing summers that typically sit in the low 70s. The snow storms are never very severe and do not last for months (usually only days or weeks) and then melt between storms. Our lake is being impacted by the drought, however, and is looking unusually low. The only concern for natural disasters would be earthquakes (the last good shake was in 1992) which are not too concerning, and wild fires, due to our proximity to national forest surrounding the valley. Wardrobe items include bathing suits, shorts and tank tops for the summer, and beanie hats, gloves and parkas for the winter.
    There are a few (and I mean few) good quality restaurants to choose from. Primarily there are lower end restaurants but no medium style chain or otherwise places to take a family to. There is a little variety. Mexican, Himilayan, American, and Thai. But nothing to shout out from the roof tops. The Big Bear Brewery has an avocado bomb that is yummy, El Jacalito has some tasty fajitas, and the Peppercorn has some great salads and steak dishes. For a little dive bar, Murray's serves some extra large portions, inexpensively priced, tasty burgers and steaks (and Karaoke if you dare).