Overall Niche Grade
- Public SchoolsB-
- Crime & SafetyC
- Good for FamiliesC+
- Cost of LivingD+
- Health & FitnessA-
- Outdoor ActivitiesA-
Ukiah is a town in California with a population of 15,946. Ukiah is in Mendocino County. Living in Ukiah offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Ukiah there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Ukiah and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Ukiah are above average.
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At the moment, downtown Ukiah is undergoing some rather hefty construction work on the main roads; hence, it is not the most pleasant when walking/driving around town, looking into boutiques, or grabbing a quick coffee. That is obviously a more shallow and surface level overview of Ukiah yet still important to note. Diving into the town's facilities, there are a handful of resources and community based non-profits--i.e. Mendocino Ballet, SPACE, Ukiah Playhouse Theater, etc. I absolutely love these as they enhance my love for theater arts, within performances or watching them in the audience. Overall, Ukiah is a well-established place, having its own Costco too (an enjoyable, pleasant Costco if I may add, never too busy). Obviously, the local economy is not at its prime due to Covid-19, but it is bound to pick up sooner than later.
Ukiah used to be a nicer place. There wasn't much to do before but now there's really nothing to do. The local rollerblading place and local bowling alley both shut down. More businesses are coming in but not much for families to do on the weekends. However, Ukiah does put on pretty cool events throughout the year and they're all family friendly events. During the summer they have movies in the plaza and concerts at the park on Sundays. In October they have a weekend long event and in December, they have a parade of lights. The commute isn't horrible to get to SF or Sacramento (2-2.5 hrs). The coast is about an hour away. It snows in a city about an hour away. Lots of variety in the weather for sure. An okay variety of food. Too many pizza places. Basic fast food places like mcd's and tbell. Good Mexican and Chinese food places. Some fancy places. It's also expensive to live there. The houses aren't cheap for some reason but don't worry, they're building more apartments.
I enjoy living in Ukiah. I came here from LA, and living in Ukiah helped me be able to enjoy nature while living in a dense suburban area. Ukiah High School is great. If you are worried about wildfires, Ukiah is pretty safe. They are re-doing the downtown area so it will look so good afterwards. There is a nice walking trail right through town. Sure, there are homeless people but it is FAR better than LA or the Bay Area. Local folks complain a lot but it’s mainly because Ukiah is growing and changing. Real estate is being bought up by Bay Area folks. Before you know it, it is going to be even more expensive to live here.