This rating is a weighted average of commute time, crime rate, population, median salary, and more.
This score adds annual household income and cost of living to the city rating.
Density (Population per mile²)
Compared to New York, Arcata has a very low population density. Arcata is perfect for those who like a quiet city.
Arcata, CA is a great place to live. It has its pros and cons like any city, but with a quality of life rating of 9/10 and an overall value of 8/10, it’s no surprise why so many people choose to live here.
Population density is a way of determining how crowded an area is. Arcata has a population density of 1,898, with 17,437 current residents.
Out of the 17,437 current residents, 50% are male and 50% are female. 31% of the residents are married and 69% are single.
- 48% Sun
- 39% Rain
- 0% Snow
52°F average temperature
- 35 years Median home age
- $313,530 Median home price
- 4.13% Home appreciation rate
- 6.82% Annual property tax
As for living in Arcata, the air quality is 98% and the weather, on average, is 48% sunny, 39% rainy, and 0% snowy. The average temperature is 52°F.
Whether you’re looking to buy or rent a home in Arcata, you should know that 36.2% of homes are owned while 60.3% of homes are rented, and 3.6% of homes are vacant. The median price of a home is $313,530, the median age of homes is 35 years, the annual home appreciation is 4.13% and the annual property tax is 6.82%.
Crime rate (per 100,000)4
When looking at the community of Arcata, it’s important to determine the crime rate. Arcata’s crime rate is 4 total number of crimes reported per 100,000 total population. The average age of residents in Arcata is 29 years and the breakdown of political affiliations is 62.05% Democratic, 33.94% Republican, and 4.01% Independent.
Student teacher ratio 1:19
Management, Business, Art & Sciences
Sales & Office Occupations
Production, Transportation & Material Moving
Natural Resources, Construction & Maintenance
88%High school diploma
8%Some college or associates degree
14%Graduate or professional degree
When looking at Arcata, it’s important to understand employment statistics. 11.10% of residents are unemployed in Arcata (which does not include the percentage of residents who are no longer in the labor force). Of the employed Arcata residents: 10% of employed residents work in the management and business field, 28.28% are in the arts and sciences field, 21.7% are in the customer service field, 23.3% are in the sales field, 2.44% work in farming, fishing, and forestry, 4.6% of employed residents work in the construction field, and 9.7% work in production. When it comes to education, the ratio of teachers to students is 1:19. The percentage of residents who have graduated high school is 87.51%, 7.62% of residents have an associate’s degree, 27.89% of residents have a bachelor’s degree, and 13.64% have a master’s degree.
Average commute time
Daily breakdown: by transport type
Work at home
If you plan on commuting to work in Arcata, you should be aware that the average commute time is 17 minutes, compared to the national average commute time of 26 minutes. When it comes to commuting, residents of Arcata have a few different options. 59% of commuters use their own cars, 10% of commuters carpool, 2% of commuters use the transit system, and 5% of residents work from home.