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  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B
Santa Clarita is a suburb of Los Angeles with a population of 209,489. Santa Clarita is in Los Angeles County. Living in Santa Clarita offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Santa Clarita there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Santa Clarita and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Santa Clarita are highly rated.
About Santa Clarita...
Population
209,489

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$461,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,757
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    32%
  • Own
    68%
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Santa Clarita Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    69.7
    282.7
  • Murder
    1.8
    6.1
  • Rape
    19.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    43.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    268.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    720.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    136.2
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    16%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    11%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    11%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    24%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    37%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    19%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    10%
    13%

Working in Santa Clarita

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$90,544
National
$55,322
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Extremely clean, safe and beautifully put together city. Home owners have great pride of ownership and neighborhoods are extremely safe to raise children in. The climate is mild through out the year (can get a bit hot in the summer) which is ideal for outdoor activities. The city has provided parks, walking/biking trails and open spaces for residents to explore and enjoy. Santa Clarita is next door to the San Fernando Valley/ Los Angeles and just a short drive to the beach! It truly is one of the best cities to live in California.
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I have lived in Santa Clarita for all of my life. It is such a clean, beautiful, and safe city. The public schools strengthen children's academic, physical, and mental abilities greatly. They offer numerous family events that help the community grow. The park and recreational facilities are superior to all others in the Los Angeles County. Everyday, the streets are clean and safe. If you love both nature and cities, Santa Clarita will most definitely be the best city for you and your loved ones!
Santa Clarita is the epitome of the American Suburb. Just a short drive away from Los Angeles, Santa Clarita is the perfect location to be in the middle of it all. Key features of the SCV (Santa Clarita Valley) include its vibrant western-movie history and its plethora of locally owned and operated businesses. The SCV has a small-town feel but with the amenities of a large urban area. There are many parks, open spaces, and public sports facilities. The city is home to a Six Flags theme park called Magic Mountain. The theme park generates a lot of tourism revenue for the city. The schools are well funded and crime is a rarity. The SCV does have some drawbacks though. The cost of living in the SCV is relatively high when compared to the cost of living in similar cities across the US. Unlike most of the state of California, the SCV is relatively conservative.