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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A-
Live Oak is a town in California with a population of 17,213. Live Oak is in Santa Cruz County. Living in Live Oak offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Live Oak there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Live Oak and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Live Oak are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$622,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,670
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    40%
  • Own
    60%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    15%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    14%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    25%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    35%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    15%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    11%
    13%

Working in Live Oak

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$72,630
National
$55,322
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Live Oak Reviews

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Live Oak is a wonderful, quiet residential community. There are many locally owned businesses within the neighborhood, including gyms and cafes. The neighborhood is in close proximity to the coast.
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What I like about Live Oak is that it is a small populated town with diversity and closeness. For example, everyone in Live Oak knows each other and we tend to help each other when someone needs help. It is pretty quiet and calm in general.
When it comes to crime Santa Cruz isn't in the top ten most dangerous cities but it still has its shortcomings. The sense of safety in most areas here is pretty high. The only area that I can think of being most vulnerable is probably the downtown area and the areas surrounding it. Around eight or nine is when you will hear the most commotion from the people that usually try to harass other bystanders. As I mentioned earlier the visibility with police is quite common but they are slow to respond. Other than that, Santa Cruz is quite peaceful and there aren't any other concerns.