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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B
Laguna Beach is a suburb of Irvine with a population of 23,147. 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
23,147

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$1,700,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$2,230
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    37%
  • Own
    63%
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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
    65.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    4.3
    6.1
  • Rape
    73.8
    40.7
  • Robbery
    21.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    186.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,133.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    95.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    7%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    7%
  • 35-44 years
    9%
  • 45-54 years
    18%
  • 55-64 years
    21%
  • 65+ years
    23%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    32%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    35%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    23%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    8%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    2%
    13%

Working in Laguna Beach

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$121,474
National
$55,322
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Laguna Beach Reviews

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I love Laguna Beach for its friendly community where the residents are respectful and enjoyable. The location is are extremely safe where you can leave your door unlocked and feel like your neighbors could watch your back. The surrounding area is also extremely beautiful with amazing weather. However, Laguna Beach is quite polarized with its diversity. The area is dominantly white individuals so having more physical diversity would allow a better understanding of other Americans. Another way that Laguna Beach is polarized is through its class status and opinions. The status of most individuals is upper-class which can make individuals ignorant of the intense income inequality of America. The political temperature is conservative and at times it is like being in an echo chamber during debates.
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I live there, and I can say it is one of the most friendly communities I've been to. I'm speaking of the places on the Canyon, not the beachside properties where all of the rich people live. I will say one thing that has bothered me lately is all of the new 'development' downtown. An example being the new parking area they renovated. It may look more attractive, but it eliminated a large amount of parking space, which is something that is very hard to come by in Laguna. I simply disagree with the city's use of tax dollars to turn parking spaces into weird and unnecessary design platforms.
The whole city is absolutely beautiful, but the people can be quite problematic from time to time. At every corner of every street there are beautiful sculptures or murals, and quite often you can find art galleries nearby. A lot of inspiration for the city comes from the beautiful beaches right downtown that, sadly, are flooded with tourists during the holidays. Laguna Beach is a safe place to live, and the education I was given there growing up was excellent.