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    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
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  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
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  8. Weather
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  10. Health & Fitness
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Laguna Beach is a suburb of Irvine with a population of 23,224. Laguna Beach is in Orange County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Laguna Beach offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Laguna Beach there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many retirees live in Laguna Beach and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Laguna Beach are highly rated.
About Laguna Beach...
Population
23,224

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$1,570,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$2,191
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    38%
  • Own
    62%
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Laguna Beach 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
    326.7
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    43
    40.7
  • Robbery
    60.2
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    533.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,586.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    283.7
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    7%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    8%
  • 35-44 years
    10%
  • 45-54 years
    18%
  • 55-64 years
    18%
  • 65+ years
    23%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    32%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    33%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    23%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    9%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%

Working in Laguna Beach

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$117,586
National
$55,322
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Laguna Beach Reviews

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Laguna Beach is where I was blessed to be born & raised! Being an outdoorsman, Laguna Beach was perfect because it lends Itself to canyon hikes, surfing, tennis, & beach volleyball. It's also known for its art culture like Pageant of the Masters, Sawdust Festival, art galleries, Museums & Theatres.Though it possesses charm & character, Laguna is a bit of a " bubble." The average home price is $1.5M, kids drive exotic cars to school, have easy access to drugs/alcohol & the sense of entitlement runs rampant. It's a culture shock to people who visit from other areas! This is what I'd change about Laguna Beach. Laguna's youth are living with "checked out parents" that are trying to be their friends rather than parents. As a young man who was raised by a single mom,this was not my reality. My goal was to find a place where I could still enjoy the outdoors & experience diverse cultures yet get away from so much of the "Orange County Stigma."
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I love the small town/ big city cross-over feel of Laguna Beach. It's a beautiful place and I love the tide pools by the shore. Very price-y though. I'm rooming with 3 other students in a 2 bedroom apartment and the rent total is still about $700 each month. I've only been here for about a year but I love it though.
Lovely place to visit. Full of awesome art!
I am very fortunate I that I grew up in this city. What I love about this city are the local arts, we have three major art shows every summer where you can walk around, enjoy live music and locally made art work. If I were to change anything about this city it would be to prevent the building of more houses and to find a way to support the local artists that can't afford to live here anymore. Laguna has this charm of a classic beach town and the more houses we build the more cluttered the city becomes and starts to change. If we continue to build, in time we will become so much like many other cities. Streets will be congested and dirty leading to the devaluation of homes. Laguna over the years has become a wealthy town and sadly a lot of local artists can't afford to live here anymore. I believe that this town was built with artists and to keep the soul of this town we need to support them so we never lose sight of our past.