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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  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+
About Davis...
Population
66,886

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$565,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,291
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    58%
  • Own
    42%
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Davis 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
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    75
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    24
    41
  • Robbery
    46
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    386
    500
  • Theft
    1,895
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    164
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$57,683
National
$55,322
Children
13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    43%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    30%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    16%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    8%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%
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Not so great. Not enough establishments (stores, restaurants, markets, etc.), and driving is dangerous at night because it’s so dimly lit! Not enough going around compared to most college towns. Not enough parking spaces. Not enough diversity. In one word: Boring.
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Davis was a great place to grow up! The town is full of parks, and you can ride your bike practically everywhere. The downtown is at the heart of Davis and has delicious restaurants, a handful of lively bars, art museums and a weekly farmers market. It is a very safe town full of friendly people that create a close knit community.
Good place to raise a family, not so much to go to college, despite UC Davis in the vicinity. Although you can live here without a car if you bike, I highly recommend against that, especially if you're a single person in school. It can be quite boring here but you're at most 2 hours from San Francisco or the Sierras so you'll want to live for the weekends.

This is definitely one of the more affordable cities in California although pretty high compared to the rest of the country.

It can get very hot in the summer although rarely humid and can get below freezing in the winter although snow is rare.

Violent crime is nearly nonexistent but stuff gets stolen quite a bit here, like my bike seat when I lived here. Also, the entire city is a speed trap so go the speed limit and obey all traffic signs; speed enforcement here is some of the strictest in the country. This also goes for bikers as well - the only time I had gotten a ticket on a bike in my life was in Davis.