C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    C+
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    C
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  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%

Big Bear City 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
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    0
  • Murder
    0
  • Rape
    41
  • Robbery
    0
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1
  • Theft
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    0

Residents

Diversity
B+
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%
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Big Bear City Reviews

10 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.
Review Big Bear City
The scenery is absolutely beautiful and there's quite a bit of things to do. It's a great place to raise a family. Most of the people are extremely nice. The town runs more on the conservative side which at times can be very frustrating if you're not conservative. The winter and summer resort seasons can be very hectic but if you know the back roads or just choose to stay in it's no big deal. If you're visiting as a tourist there's many beautiful and fun attractions to participate in.
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.