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Huntington Beach, CA
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Top 100 rank: N.A.c
Population: 193,252
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Huntington Beach stats
  City stats Best places avg.
Median family income
(per year)
$95,845 $99,975
Job growth %
(2000-2010)*
-2.36% 24.63%
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Median home price $532,500 $265,929
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Test scores reading
(% above/below state average)
35.4% 25.1%
Test scores math
(% above/below average)
22.5% 24.7%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 2 1
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 23 16
Restaurants
(within 15 miles)
8,238 2,758
High temp in July ° F 82.7° 84.1°
Low temp in Jan ° F 46.6° 20.9°
Median age 37.7 36.35
Financial City stats Best places avg.
Median family income
(per year)
$95,845 $99,975
Family purchasing power
(annual, cost-of-living adjusted)
$81,919 $95,706
State sales tax 8.25% 5.75%
State income tax rate
(highest bracket)
9.30%I 7.37%
State income tax rate
(lowest bracket)
1.00%I 3.13%
Auto insurance premiums
(Average price quotes, for the state)
$1,644 $1,687
Job growth %
(2000-2010)*
-2.36% 24.63%
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Housing
Median home price $532,500 $265,929
Average property taxes N.A. $4,083
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Education
Colleges, universities and
professional schools (within 30 miles)
49 28
Test scores reading
(% above/below state average)
35.4% 25.1%
Test scores math
(% above/below average)
22.5% 24.7%
% students attending public/private
schools (located within town limits)
86.2/13.8 92.1/7.9
Quality of life
Air quality index*
(% of days AQI ranked as good)
70.0% 78.5%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 2 1
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 23 16
Median commute time (in minutes) 26.9 23.3
% population with commute
45 mins. or longer
19.2% 15.4%
% population walk or bike to work 2.7% 2.6%
Leisure and culture
Movie theaters
(within 15 miles)
64 30
Restaurants
(within 15 miles)
8,238 2,758
Bars
(within 15 miles)
377 208
Public golf courses
(within 30 miles)
215 165
Libraries
(within 15 miles)
113 74
Museums (accredited by AAM;
within 30 miles)
10 10
Ski resorts (within 100 miles) 7 16
Arts funding (Dollars per person of state funds spent on arts) 0.1 1.2
Weather
Annual rainfall
(inches)
13.84 39.07
% clear days in the area 44 27
High temp in July ° F 82.7° 84.1°
Low temp in Jan ° F 46.6° 20.9°
Median age 37.7 36.35
Completed at least some college
(% of residents)
72.5% 74.5%
Married % 50.8% 61.5%
Divorced % 11.4% 7.6%
Racial diversity index
(100 is national average; higher numbers indicate greater diversity)
85.2 71.0
From the September 2011 issue
Notes: *County data

(I) Income tax notes:
17 states have statutory provisions for automatically adjusting to the rate of inflation the dollar values of the income tax brackets, standard deductions, and/or personal exemptions. Massachusetts, Michigan, and Nebraska index the personal exemption only. Oregon does not index the income brackets for $125,000 and over. Because the inflation-adjustments for 2011 are not yet available in most cases, the table reports the 2010 amounts, unless 2011 is specified in a footnote.
For joint returns, taxes are twice the tax on half the couple's income.
The personal exemption takes the form of a tax credit instead of a deduction.
California imposes an additional 1% tax on taxable income over $1 million, making the maximum rate 10.3% over $1 million.

(II) Sales tax notes:
California and Virginia rates each include a 1% statewide "local" sales tax rate that localities can not amend.
c = Only cities with populations between 8,500 and 50,000 were eligible for this year's Best Places to Live list.
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Population
8.4M
8,500
Home Prices
2010 median sales prices
$2.3M
$42K
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