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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
    C+
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B
Colton is a suburb of San Bernardino with a population of 54,200. Colton is in San Bernardino County. Living in Colton offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Colton there are a lot of parks. Many families live in Colton and residents tend to lean liberal.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$212,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,085
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    49%
  • Own
    51%
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Colton 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
    154
    282.7
  • Murder
    19.9
    6.1
  • Rape
    19.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    139.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    586.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,541.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    769.9
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    17%
  • 10-17 years
    13%
  • 18-24 years
    11%
  • 25-34 years
    17%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    9%
  • 65+ years
    9%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    5%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    10%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    29%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    26%
    13%

Working in Colton

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$47,256
National
$55,322
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Colton Reviews

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Colton has a lot of residents participate in parades and the community center is full of a variety of people doing a variety of activities. Colton has safer neighborhoods and more dangerous neighborhoods. These are pretty close together because Colton isn't that big of a city. Colton's downtown area is no longer lined with a many small businesses as it used to be but some are still thriving. I grew up mostly in Colton or very near Colton and I went to Colton school district schools for k-12th grades. There were some great teachers and some not so great teachers but I imagine that happens everywhere. Colton is made up of an amalgamation of people from different cultures, ethnicities, religions, and social economic backgrounds. There is a lot of diversity packed into such a small city. In summation, my overall experience with Colton is probably similar to anyone's experience in most smaller cities.
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Colton is a great place based on the people you get to meet such as educators and community leaders. However, more budget is needed and a greater amount of resources are needed to improve the daily student education in the Colton Joint Unified School districts. In addition, more planning should be put in place to introduce residents to greater job opportunities on a more regular basis.
Low resource city which means bad schools and bad infrastructure. You may see many homeless people on the side of the road as well. I have lived here for about 4 years and it has been safe. Never have I felt threatened but then again I live in a nice street area. On the outside of my street, things do look more dangerous. Not a horrible city however because they are a tight-knit community.