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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    D+
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B
Downey is a suburb of Los Angeles with a population of 112,901. Downey is in Los Angeles County. Living in Downey offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents own their homes. In Downey there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Downey and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Downey are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$525,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,376
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    49%
  • Own
    51%
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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
    143.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    4.4
    6.1
  • Rape
    12.4
    40.7
  • Robbery
    163.3
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    387.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,386
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    535
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    15%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    11%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    16%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    25%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    22%
    13%

Working in Downey

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$71,948
National
$55,322
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Downey Reviews

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I like Downey. It's a great city with many places to go to. Although I live on the outskirts of Downey, I've been to many of it's popular places such as Stonewood Mall, Downey Landing, Downey Promenade, the public theater, and Porto's! I have rarely ever heard of incidents such as murders or robberies in Downey, I believe it is overall a safe city. The only complaints I may have about the city is the congestion here and there because of all the slow construction and the unfixed/cracked roads. Other than that Downey is a wonderful city and I'm glad to have grown up here!
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Downey is my hometown! I've lived here for 15 years and I absolutely love it! Grocery stores, shopping malls, and restaurants are extremely accessible, since everything is so nearby. Downey is awesome however, lately there have been reports about gun threats, attempted kidnappings, and more. The only critique I have is to strengthen the cities security so that I feel safer if I decided to take a stroll around my neighborhood.
Downey is a very welcoming place with lots of things to do and places to go!
The new shopping centers are always full of life and are very easy to get to. The schools here have a very good educational system and provide plenty of activities/opportunities for their students. One of the best things to take part in would have to be the farmers market that is open on Saturdays. Living is Downey has been a great experience overall and I was able to meet so many new and lovely people while living here.