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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B
Thousand Oaks is a city in California with a population of 128,481. Thousand Oaks is in Ventura County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Thousand Oaks offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Thousand Oaks there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Thousand Oaks and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Thousand Oaks are highly rated.
About Thousand Oaks...
Population
128,481

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$695,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$2,008
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    30%
  • Own
    70%
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Thousand Oaks Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    40.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    10.8
    6.1
  • Rape
    23.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    23.2
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    182.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    871.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    90.5
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    10%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    16%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    21%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    29%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    13%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%

Working in Thousand Oaks

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$105,485
National
$55,322
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Thousand Oaks Reviews

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Thousand Oaks has become more Southern California than it used to be. The area was a good place to raise your kids up to 10 years ago. It seems more people with the Los Angeles attitude have moved in here making this a less friendly area. People don't know their neighbors or try to wave to their neighbors as much as before. In general it seems much of CA has become overcrowded, too much traffic, less friendly and perhaps too diverse for people. The Borderline shooting was a tragedy and also a fluke as it's very safe here with usually no murders, low crime, and you can go anywhere at night and feel safe. There is plenty to do for daytime to eat out, to hike, there is the TO mall, we have a good library, good schools, and colleges. For nightlife activities there are comedy shows, clubs, bars, and restaurants. The weather here is fantastic as well.
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My experience with Thousand Oaks is that I'm a local resident of the city, from the people to the atmosphere, to the weather the city in a nutshell is fantastic! I've lived here for nearly fifteen-years and haven't looked back. A slight downside to living in Thousand Oaks is the lack of nightlight, meaning it isn't a great place for having fun late out. Lastly, something I think I'd like to be changed in Thousand Oaks is for better local transportation systems to be implemented on a regular basis, rather than a transportation system with very scarce hours.
Thousand Oaks is a beautiful family friendly city. It is clean with some great school options. I feel like it is very safe and well run. Real estate is on the higher side, which is difficult for new home owners to get into the market. There are some very high end neighborhoods. People are quite active--you will often see people hiking, walking, going to the park, biking, skateboarding, and jogging. I highly recommend it as it is a wonderful place to live.