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  1. Public Schools
    D
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    D-
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    D+
  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+
Compton is a suburb of Los Angeles with a population of 97,847. Compton is in Los Angeles County. Living in Compton offers residents an urban feel and most residents own their homes. In Compton there are a lot of parks. Many families live in Compton and residents tend to be liberal.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$287,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,139
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    46%
  • Own
    54%
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Compton 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
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    685
    283
  • Murder
    21
    6
  • Rape
    34
    41
  • Robbery
    451
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    421
    500
  • Theft
    1,435
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    788
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    16%
  • 10-17 years
    14%
  • 18-24 years
    13%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    9%
  • 65+ years
    9%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    2%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    6%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    26%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    27%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    39%
    13%

Working in Compton

Jobs
C-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$48,117
National
$55,322
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Compton Reviews

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I love Compton. Very nice community with access to primary schools (public, private, and charter) and community college. Accessible public parks are available with different amenities for recreational use. There are multiple shopping centers with restaurants of diverse food options. Major shopping chains are located in the city as well. Compton is located in between two major freeways (the 91 and 105 freeways) with the Bline Line Metro Train centrally running through the city with various stations. The people are nice and friendly. A wonderful city to live in!
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Compton is an erratic neighborhood, filled with the disenfranchised and marginalized by society. People tend to look at a neighborhood and blame the people and race but fail to see the truth, these are people who were denied good and fair education, people who are denied fair wages and people who are denied a place in society!
Whenever people hear the word Compton they immediately associate it with negative stereotypes and death. Darkness is cast on anyone from here. People don't expect good to come out of Compton unless it has to do with music or trying to defend everything that happens out here. Yes, much of it can be unnecessary, destructive nonsense. However, just as there are harsh consequences to having grown up in this environment there are also some benefits as well. There are many life coping character traits that are implanted in me from growing up in the "hood". Many of these character traits are what make me stand strong among the weak and feeble. This is needed in today’s world where people are experiencing life situations that they thought they would never have to face. Which is why I stand by the belief that there is always a diamond in the rough.