San Marino, CA – Would you spend $1.5 million on average to live here?

Every year, Money Magazine puts out the Best Places to live report.  The city of San Marino nestled next to San Gabriel mountains was compared to the Best Places to live average.  I’ll let you decide for yourself.  The comparison chart is below:

MONEY MAGAZINE BEST PLACES TO LIVE 2007  

Top 100 Big cities Cities States FAQ
High incomes Pricey homes Affordable homes Job growth Fast commutes
Hottest Most singles Youngest Skinniest Clean air
CONTENDER San Marino, CATop 100 rank: N/A
Population: 13,400
Compare San Marino to Top 10 Best Places
Financial
  City stats Best places avg.
Median family income
(per year)
$146,074 $90,316
Family purchasing power
(annual, cost-of-living adjusted)
$119,831 $82,867
Sales tax 8.30% 6.74%
State income tax rate
(highest bracket)
9.30%I 6.38%
State income tax rate
(lowest bracket)
1.00%I 2.74%
Auto insurance premiums
(Average for the state)
$2,076 $2,121
Job growth %
(2000-2006)
8.10% 13.41%
Housing
  City stats Best places average
Median home price $1,546,120 $359,352
Average property taxes
(2006)
$4,377 $3,585
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Education
  City stats Best places average
Colleges, universities and
professional schools (within 30 miles)
50 29
Junior colleges and
technical institutes (within 30 miles)
56 18
Test scores reading
(% above/below state average)
112.0% 20.1%
Test scores math
(% above/below average)
76.0% 24.8%
% students attending public/private
schools (located within town limits)
83.1/16.9 91.1/8.9
Quality of life
  City stats Best places average
Air quality index*
(% of days AQI ranked as good)
32.1% 77.3%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 1 13
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 20 206
Median commute time
(in minutes)
22.1 23.1
% population with commute
45 mins. or longer
15.6% 15.6%
% population walk or bike to work 2.2% 2.7%
Leisure and culture
  City stats Best places average
Movie theaters
(within 15 miles)
167 30
Restaurants
(within 15 miles)
10,286 2,899
Bars
(within 15 miles)
571 287
Public golf courses
(within 30 miles)
191 125
Libraries
(within 15 miles)
167 71
Museums (accredited by AAM;
within 30 miles)
16 11
Ski resorts (within 100 miles) 7 17
Arts funding (Dollars per person of state funds spent on arts) 0 1
Weather
  City stats Best places average
Annual rainfall
(inches)
18.56 40.18
% clear days in the area 40 28
High temp in July ° F 89.0° 86.1°
Low temp in Jan ° F 42.6° 24.0°
Health*
  City stats Best places average
Has health plan
(% of residents)
83.2% 90.5%
Body mass index (avg. for residents) 27 27
Diabetes rates
(% of residents diagnosed)
7.3% 9.3%
Hypertension rates
(% of residents diagnosed)
28.4% 30.6%
Elder-care facilities** 369 107
Meet the neighbors
  City stats Best places average
Median age 42.1 36.8
Completed at least some college
(% of residents)
86.7% 72.4%
Married 66.4% 60.8%
Divorced 4.4% 8.0%
Racial diversity index
(100 is national average; higher numbers indicate greater diversity)
355.4 59.2
Amount spent on vacations
(domestic and foreign, household avg. per year)
$10,845 $8,250
*County data
**Elder-care services refer to skilled nursing and assisted living facilities. Data from Total Living Choices.(I) Income tax notes:
17 states have statutory provision for automatic adjustment of tax brackets, personal exemption or standard deductions to the rate of inflation. Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska and Ohio indexes the personal exemption amounts only.
For joint returns, the taxes are twice the tax imposed on half the income.
Tax credits.
An additional 1% tax is imposed on taxable income over $1 million.

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