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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  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
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B
North Highlands is a suburb of Sacramento with a population of 48,968. North Highlands is in Sacramento County. Living in North Highlands offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In North Highlands there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many families live in North Highlands and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in North Highlands are above average.
About North Highlands...
Population
48,968

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$197,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,081
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    56%
  • Own
    44%
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North Highlands 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

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    16%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    11%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    10%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    11%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    4%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    9%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    37%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    33%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    17%
    13%

Working in North Highlands

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$44,810
National
$55,322
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I have lived in North Highlands since I was 2 years old, so basically I have seen alot of people and places come and go. I would love to see the community parks get updated and more choices of restaurants would be nice. I would like to see more types of businesses that cater to the younger generation 18-25 it seems there really isnt all that much to do fun wise any more here in sacramento. I would also like the homeless situation dealt with here in north highlands, these people seems to think its ok to just use any land thats got open space is ok for them to use as a camping sight, they usually leave all kinds of junk, garbage, disturb others, and sometimes leave used drug paraphernalia laying around, I know they have nothing but that shouldnt mean that they can use others property.
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I've lived in North Highlands for about 4 years. While I have had no major issues, within the first year of living here my car was broken into and property stolen from within. Additionally, the area is very close to a growing homeless population that makes it depressing to live near and while homelessness is a nationwide problem it seems to be growing exponentially in this area of California. Overall, the streets are in bad shape, the people are largely unfriendly and there is always a feeling that something bad is about to happen. I currently plan on moving to a significantly nicer area within the next 3-6 months.
Generally, North Highlands has not been an enjoyable place for my family. Upon moving here, we instantly noticed the shift in the way that people interact with each other. Typically, people are committed to a life of drugs and crime, which influence others, especially young people, to do the same thing. With such a cycle of failure, North Highlands can seem like a trap to weak-minded and impressionable youth. Though this is one of the main things I would change if I could, it also proves to be something I come to greatly admire about my community. Since there are many bad examples around, with many people living in poverty due to their past failures, there is further motivation for future adults like myself to go to college and do better than those before us. I hope that this motivation, which is helping kids like me go to college and be successful, will also come to influence the younger generation for years to come.