A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$537,500
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$1,249
National
$928
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    57%
  • Own
    43%

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
    55
    0
  • Murder
    3
    0
  • Rape
    24
    41
  • Robbery
    60
    0
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    419
    1
  • Theft
    1,987
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    157
    0

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$56,463
National
$53,889
Children
13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    43%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    29%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    16%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    8%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%

Davis Reviews

227 reviews
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Although the off-campus housing situation is iffy, I've managed to find a great apartment complex not too far from campus. Weekly farmer's market is probably my favorite part about Davis!
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I've lived in Davis for 13 years, completed K--12 grade school. The schools are great, education is highly valued, and youth activities (sports, music, extracurriculars, etc.). The mostly liberal community has high ethnic, gender, and religious acceptance, low crime rates, and a generally safe environment. There's lots of restaurants all over town with all kinds of good dining options and an emphasis on farm-market food. Biking is a great way to get around with bike paths all across the town; public buses are also available. Property tends to be expensive, but worth it for the community and schools.
It was not easy transition for me. I came from a semester system to a quarter system back in Fall 2015. There were no support. I had to navigate and ask for help. Even then, I was still trying to deal with my own personal issues, adhd, my mental health. What I like about UC Davis is the community and the support from my peers, advisor, faculty,... I am very happy to have met people who wants me to be successful and happy, even if there are a few friends I have befriends and that's okay. What I like changes in Davis would be a culturally and linguistically competent mental health services for the Southeast Asian American community. I would like to be a positive change and a positive climate for students with disabilities (visible or non-visible). I would like to also see change in UC Davis in regards to helping low-income first-generation college student thrive and be successful