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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  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-
Malibu is a suburb of Los Angeles with a population of 12,846. Malibu is in Los Angeles County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Malibu offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Malibu there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many retirees live in Malibu and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Malibu are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$2,000,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$2,550
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    27%
  • Own
    73%
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Malibu 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
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    172
    282.7
  • Murder
    7.8
    6.1
  • Rape
    39.1
    40.7
  • Robbery
    125.1
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    672.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,430.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    148.5
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    6%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    8%
  • 35-44 years
    8%
  • 45-54 years
    18%
  • 55-64 years
    21%
  • 65+ years
    24%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    26%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    37%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    24%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    11%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    2%
    13%

Working in Malibu

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$147,934
National
$55,322
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The weather is amazing, the ocean is beautiful. The politics are horrible. Practically impossible to get a building permit to rebuild after the fire burned 488 houses to the ground. No fire protection, with high risk fire area. Homeless problem, resulting in polluted ocean. Crime increasing because of homeless and not enough police protection. Quality of life once was the best, and has fallen dramatically since the Woolsey fire
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Malibu is a beautiful town with kind hearted locals, a tight knit community, and plenty of opportunities to be submerged in nature. Tourists see it as a "rich" town, but growing up in Malibu, I have known families from all different socioeconomic backgrounds. It is truly a magical place and a wonderful community to be a part of.
Malibu is a small town, full of cute small businesses. Everyone is willing to help each other and understands the value in supporting each other as well!