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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B+
Marina is a town in California with a population of 21,227. Marina is in Monterey County. Living in Marina offers residents a suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Marina there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Marina and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Marina are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$431,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,271
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    57%
  • Own
    43%
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Marina 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
    149.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    31.8
    40.7
  • Robbery
    63.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    326.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,307.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    204.3
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    14%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    11%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    19%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    35%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    20%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    15%
    13%

Working in Marina

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$60,410
National
$55,322
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Marina Reviews

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Marina is a small town where most everyone knows everyone. Most residents are multi-generational and come from the older military days when Fort Ord was open. This has created a very diverse demographic. I’ve lived here for the better part of 25 years, and although it is a bit slow-paced, it’s a great place for raising kids. Since the college CSUMB came along, the population has grown a lot. It’s full of diverse residents, restaurants, markets, and businesses. The crime is not too bad, although there has been an increase in petty crimes like theft, car theft, sadly a lot is due to the increase in meth use. Not just here but nationwide. Half of the “original” marina is older homes and stores. The “newer” part of marina is million dollar homes and gentrified stores. There’s a lot of extracurricular activities for kids which gives families a wonderful sense of community. Most the parents grew up together and have known each other for decades.
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I am new to the Marina/ Monterey Bay area. Let me tell you what, it is a beautiful place. I feel extremely safe when walking around the town. People are very friendly and I have felt "at home" every since arriving. The surrounding area has everything that you could possibly imagine or ever need. The out door activities are world class with views and nature all around. Fishing, biking, surfing, skating, hiking and hunting are popular outdoor activities in the area. The ocean, forests, farm land and city life is all present with San Jose a quick hour drive up the 101 HWY. The air is very clean and the surrounding eco systems thrive with the beautiful weather. Marina and the entire Monterey Bay area are great places to be. Come see for yourself!
Affordable housing, and near the ocean! The public school system is severely underfunded, as well as the police force. But the town is pretty, and has very little crime.