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  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    D+
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    C
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    C-
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A-
Fortuna is a town in California with a population of 11,981. Fortuna is in Humboldt County. Living in Fortuna offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Fortuna there are a lot of parks. Many families live in Fortuna and residents tend to be liberal.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$251,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$930
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    44%
  • Own
    56%
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Fortuna 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
    278.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    24.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    73.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    498.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,101.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    278.1
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    10%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    4%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    13%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    38%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    30%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    14%
    13%

Working in Fortuna

Jobs
C-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$46,451
National
$55,322

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Fortuna Reviews

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Fortuna is a sweet family town, however, for a fast-paced person, it can be rather slow at times. It's a small community that is close-knit but still has a lot of extracurricular opportunities for students and the youth. The community is also very dedicated to helping the youth so you often see groups fundraising, doing activities, and going on trips for organizations. Overall growing up in a small community like this taught me many lessons, but I think it comes down to whether you are a small-town or city person.
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Fortuna, the friendly city, is a great place to live. Not only is it a city, but it is a community. A strong community that works together to help pull up anyone that is struggling. Everyone knows everyone, giving it more of a family feel than just a town. The business owners all throughout town are more than willing to give back to their city. There are also many opportunities to shop local, you never have to venture far, and don't have to rely on large corporations. Year round, you can always visit Rohner Park where you can check out our roller skating rink, the Fortuna museum, and even hike through the Redwoods. Fortuna in July is the best time of year, between the Fireworks Celebration, Rodeo Week, and capped off by AutoXpo, there is something for everyone in Fortuna. While in town, you must try Bob's Footlongs, a family owned restaurant founded over 60 years ago. Fortuna is a town full of love and community that you just cannot find anywhere else!
I grew up in Fortuna, CA and found the area to be small but still offer a great community. The schools are some of the better in the county (including Academy of the Redwoods which falls in the Fortuna school district), the shopping is reasonable with Costco 20 minutes away, and the town is close to hiking and beaches in southern Humboldt, Ferndale, and Eureka. The town is much safer than Eureka, and probably one of the nicer places to live in the county.