In Ontario, rent is still affordable, and homeownership is still within reach — without sacrificing the amenities or attractions of our coastal counterparts.

With a population of over 182,000, Ontario is a growing community where residents enjoy world-class shopping, dining and entertainment, as well as award-winning wineries, all while soaking up California’s signature sunshine. The median home price and average rent for a two bedroom apartment in Ontario, California, is significantly lower than in Los Angeles.  Even our sales tax is less than Los Angeles and many other Southern California communities. 

Things to do in Ontario

Catch an Ontario Reign hockey game, an Ontario Fury soccer match or an Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario game at the 11,000-seat Toyota Arena in Ontario. Or score tickets to concerts by famous bands and performing artists that frequently perform there. With 1.7 million square feet of retail space, Ontario Mills is California’s largest indoor outlet mall. Ontario Mills boasts more than 200 designer factory outlet stores, dozens of restaurants, a 30-screen AMC Theater and the Improv Comedy Club & Dinner Theatre. Residents can also stroll along Euclid Avenue, the city’s historic, wide-set thoroughfare, or visit a tasting room at one of the Cucamonga Valley’s distinguished family-owned and operated wineries. So why wouldn’t you relocate to Ontario, California? If you’re still looking for additional reasons, consider our comparison chart below that really highlights cost of living differences and the value you receive when you choose Ontario. View more things to do in Southern California.

Comparisons: City of Ontario vs. major U.S. Cities

Location Cost of Living Index* Median Home Price Median 2 BR Rent
Dallas, TX 102 $287,000 $1,134
Phoenix, AZ 104 $235,000 $1,089
Denver, CO 105 $420,000 $1,365
Atlanta, GA 112 $251,000 $1,206
Ontario, CA 123 $416,000 $1,523
Miami, FL 137 $326,000 $1,373
San Diego, CA 146 $596,000 $2,042
Los Angeles, CA 156 $708,000 $1,761
New York, NY 212 $775,000 $2,551
Washington, DC 158 $528,000 $1,579
San Francisco, CA 193 $1,295,000 $3,133
* 100 is National Average
Location Median Household Income Sales Tax Rate Property Tax Rate
Miami, FL $46,400 7.00% 2.09%
Atlanta, GA $48,865 8.90% 1.00%
Los Angeles, CA $50,983 9.50% 1.00%
Dallas, TX $51,194 8.25% 2.70%
New York, NY $53,299 8.875% 1.09%
Washington, DC $54,902 6.00% 0.85%
Ontario, CA $57,544 7.75% 1.00%
Denver, CO $60,896 8.31% 0.65%
Phoenix, AZ $61,481 8.60% 1.03%
San Diego, CA $70,507 7.75% 1.00%
San Francisco, CA $82,530 8.50% 1.00%
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