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Lake Forest is a suburb of Irvine with a population of 82,911. Lake Forest is in Orange County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Lake Forest offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Lake Forest there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Lake Forest and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Lake Forest are highly rated.
About Lake Forest...
Population
82,911

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$621,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,949
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    31%
  • Own
    69%
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Lake Forest 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
    126.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    1.2
    6.1
  • Rape
    16.4
    40.7
  • Robbery
    42.2
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    163
    500.1
  • Theft
    597.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    131.3
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    17%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    17%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    30%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    14%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%

Working in Lake Forest

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$104,449
National
$55,322
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Great City! Lots of activities nearby. Safe city to live in. However, not too affordable. There is a 4th of July parade every year and later in the night all the surrounding cities gather to watch the fireworks at the Lake Forest lake. Great public High School (El Toro High School).
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Mildly conservative area, but overall a typical Orange County suburb! Some areas are more expensive than others, but generally not as expensive as the rest of OC.
I love living in Lake Forest! It has very nice residential areas, places to walk and be in nature, and plenty of opportunities for dining and shopping. I feel safe living in Lake Forest and I think the city is maintained well. I like that there are a lot of people who jog/walk regularly and get outside!