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  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    D-
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    C+
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    C-
  8. Weather
    A-
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A-
Willits is a town in California with a population of 4,893. Willits is in Mendocino County. Living in Willits offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. Many retirees live in Willits and residents tend to be liberal.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$231,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$981
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    60%
  • Own
    40%
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Willits 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
    123.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    205.1
    40.7
  • Robbery
    102.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    307.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    656.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    512.8
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    11%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    10%
  • 55-64 years
    18%
  • 65+ years
    20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    12%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    45%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    23%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    13%
    13%

Working in Willits

Jobs
C-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$35,234
National
$55,322
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Willits Reviews

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Willits is a beautiful small town, with a homey welcoming vibe. It is a great place to grow up with amazing authentic Mexican food and local cafes. I would recommend living here if you have small children or are interested in careers with parks and recreation. Family friendly events that take place in Willits every year are the Locomotive steam festival, the fourth of July parade, and multiple Rodeo's .
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Willits is a small town with promise. With more invested, both money and effort, the town could become something to behold. However, currently Willits is barely even a rest stop. People grow up and die in Willits without leaving. The schools could be improved greatly by more funds, but the time and effort invested by faculty is average.
Willits is a small town with a distinctive charm. It's the kind of town where almost everybody knows everybody else, and if you don't know a person, chances are that at least 4 other people you do know, have met them.
There isn't much to do if you like shopping in malls and such, but there is a county museum filled with the diverse history of the area, and they do have a movie theater. Towards the north end of town there is a collection of shops that are filled with clothing, knick knacks, toys, books, etc.
There are several Mexican food restaurants - Taqueria Bravo being the best - as well as some Chinese restaurants, and some fast food joints.
Overall, this small town is charming and welcoming, if you're into the mellow, laid back, and somewhat quiet life.