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    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
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Lake Forest is a suburb of Los Angeles with a population of 81,812. Lake Forest is in Orange County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Lake Forest offers residents a 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
81,812

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$585,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,846
National
$949
Area Feel
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
    106.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    22.6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    28.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    197.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    598.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    103.3
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    17%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    16%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    30%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    16%
    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
$96,963
National
$55,322
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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!
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My experience with Lake Forest is nothing but positive. I have lived here for the past six years; moving here was one of the best decisions my parents made. The school I attend has provided me with ample opportunities to succeed, and my community has been supportive and respectful. Without large scale malls or attractions, Lake Forest is a quieter city where one enjoys living a calm life while still being in proximity to larger cities such as Irvine. The beach and the mountains are also close by, so there are always things to do. Furthermore, the city itself has done a wonderful job with the Sports Park that has impressive facilities as well as rooms to host events. All in all, Lake Forest is by far the best place I have had the privilege to live in.
I love the community that Lake Forest has created. It is almost its own small world where you get to meet a lot of people and you see them quite a while because Lake Forest is on the smaller side. Plus, the people who you meet are genuine people who probably go to the same school as them. The only thing I would think about changing in Lake Forest is the number of local businesses. Most of the stores and restaurants in Lake Forest are larger, state/nationwide companies. It is always a joy to walk into and contribute to the growth of a privately owned business