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  2. Crime & Safety
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  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
    D
  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
    B
Northwood is a neighborhood in Irvine, California with a population of 36,508. Northwood is in Orange County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Northwood offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Northwood there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Residents of Northwood tend to be liberal. The public schools in Northwood are highly rated.
About Northwood...
Population
36,508

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$804,216
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,788
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    55%
  • Own
    45%
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Northwood Rankings

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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
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Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$107,077
National
$55,322
Families with Children
38%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    27%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    38%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    21%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    9%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%
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This area is typically quite affluent, and there is low crime rate, one of the lowest in the nation for a city of its size. There isn't much excitement, and the environment is generally relatively relaxed. People are not extremely introverted or extroverted, but mostly friendly. The drivers are not the best, and traffic can be a problem while commuting. Public transportation is not great, and most people drive. Students may walk or bike to school, but a vast majority of them are transported by car. The roads are well maintained, the schools are relatively nice, and there are several small hubs of entertainment, though, again, nothing too exciting.
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This area has one of the lowest violent crime rates in the city. Unfortunately, drug use is prevalent among students, mostly high schoolers, who are most likely over- or under-stimulated. But aside from that, there are rarely issues, and if something does happen, the police are usually there within minutes.
I would live here again, it is a very safe place to live with many opportunities and I have been able to receive an excellent education. The only problem with this area is that there is lots of construction because so many people want to move to Irvine.