B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B
  12. Commute
    A-

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$166,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$859
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    39%
  • Own
    61%

Ridgecrest Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    359
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    52
    41
  • Robbery
    72
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    607
    500
  • Theft
    1,093
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    248
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$59,780
National
$55,322
Children
23%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    18%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    38%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    23%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    11%
    13%
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I love my hometown as it has a very rich and unique culture. I love the outdoors and it is guaranteed warm and sunny in Ridgecrest year round. There are local and community treasures like farmer's markets, local fair's, arts and crafts events and safe family parks and a dog park! The community is very outdoorsy and most in the city go out on the weekends either off-roading, camping or hiking.
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Ridgecrest is a great place to raise a family. Jobs are available, especially engineering jobs on the Naval base.
Restaurants are few, but the local ones that stick around aren't bad. The nightlife exists, but isn't really in my realm of experience, so I won't comment on it.
The housing market stays fairly stable, mostly due to the aforementioned availability of jobs. You can find a home in just about any price range, depending on your willingness to accept the conditions associated with your desired mortgage payment.
The community is very patriotic and military friendly (for the most part), and many citizens are actively engaged in local government.
Overall, Ridgecrest is wonderful for those who are willing to live in a semi-remote area, but enjoy the benefits of a small community.
A lovely, small town with friendly people. Great schools and awesome jobs. There is a naval base called China Lake in Ridgecrest. Ridgecrest has ancient petroglyphs. There are plenty of hotels and restaurants in Ridgecrest. People like to ride off road in the desert, and also race RC cars in the dirt. Ridgecrest is located in the Indian Wells Valley. There is a college there called Cerro Coso Community College. It is very state of the art.