Introduction to Santa Clarita, California

Incorporated in 1987, Santa Clarita is the 24th largest city in California. Within Los Angeles County it is the 4th largest city. It is part of the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area, which in the broadest sense, has a population of nearly 18 million people. Santa Clarita lies in the southern part of the state, 22 miles north of Los Angeles. The Pacific Ocean is 27 miles away.

The city is bounded on the west by interstate 5 and on the east by state route 14. These highways intersect near the southern tip of the city at the historic Newhall Pass, the gateway through the mountains to San Fernando Valley to the south, and the rest of Los Angeles (Newhall Pass is also referred to as Fremont Pass and San Fernando Pass).

Santa Clarita is the result of a 1987 merger of several communities which were already in existence - Saugus, Valencia, Canyon Country, Newhall, and parts of Castaic. One goal of the merger was to keep tax dollars local.

Valencia is a planned community. It was designed and built by the Newhall Development Company from the 1960's through the 1990's. This city within a city contains 55 neighborhoods, each with it's own architectural style. One of the advantages of the preplanning of Valencia is the pathways for pedestrians and bicycles known as paseos.

This network provides pleasant access to all sections of the city. For safety and convenience, paseos are routed under and over major roadways. Santa Clarita intends to make these pathways even more widespread in order to alleviate traffic congestion.

Paseos are not the only nod given to non-motorized traffic. The Sand Canyon Equestrian Trail is available in the Canyon Country section of the city, while Valencia Heritage Park provides a trail head for hikers. Many more outdoor activities are listed below

In spring the City of Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival celebrates the culture and history of the west, and even includes cowboy poetry. Later in the year the Hart of the West Pow Wow celebrates history and culture from the Native American Indian point of view. In the summer the city provides free Concerts in the Parks. The fall brings the International Family Film Festival, while in winter you can enjoy a Lighted Boat Parade at Castaic Lagoon.

In 1999 and again in 2000, Santa Clarita was one of the Finalist Communities for the "All-America City Award" conferred by the National Civic League. The city consistently ranks within the FBI's top 10 safest cities in the U.S.

Santa Clarita is primarily a residential community. While most job opportunities are not far away, within it's borders the largest employers are the William S. Hart Unified School District, Six Flags Magic Mountain, and the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital .

Arts and Leisure

Cultural, historical, and leisure attractions include:

  • The William S. Hart Park and Museum
  • The California Institute of the Arts
  • The Santa Clarita Repertory Theatre
  • The Canyon Theater Guild
  • The Fillmore & Western Railway, where the film industry's trains can be seen and ridden
  • The Walker Cabin, built by Frank Walker around 1920, which demonstrates how a pioneer family lived
  • The Oak of the Golden Dream, the site of California's first authenticated gold discovery
  • The Castaic Lake Recreation Area
  • Sand Canyon Equestrian Trail
  • Valencia Heritage Park
  • Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park
  • Professional sports in the greater Los Angeles area
  • Many other attractions in the Los Angeles metropolitan area


Total Population 179,030
Male Share of the Population 49.6%
Female Share of the Population 50.4%
Senior Citizens 10.8%
Employed Population 16+ 85,891
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 51%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 32%
Median Earnings25+ $47,562
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,134
Median Earnings With High School Degree $34,738


Median Family Income $90,819
% Above Poverty Level 90.7%
% Below Poverty Level 9.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 32 minutes
% Working from Home 5.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.9%
% Using Public Transportation 2.9%


People Living Alone 19.9%
Median Gross Rent $1,581
Median House Value $376,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 49.1%
US/American 0.5%
English 8.7%
Irish 10.7%

Santa Clarita Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 29 miles NW of Los Angeles, California
County Los Angeles
Standard Zip Codes 91321, 91350, 91351, 91354, 91355, 91381, 91382, 91383, 91384, 91387, 91390
P.O. Box Zip Codes 91310, 91322, 91380, 91385, 91386
Phone Area Codes 661
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.391
Longitude -118.541

Santa Clarita Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 6.4 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 64 F
Apr Temp 41 to 74 F
Jul Temp 54 to 94 F
Oct Temp 46 to 82 F
Annual Precip 13.9 inches
Station U C L A
Distance 23.1 miles
Jan Temp 49 to 66 F
Apr Temp 53 to 69 F
Jul Temp 62 to 77 F
Oct Temp 59 to 75 F
Annual Precip 18.6 inches
Distance 27.9 miles
Jan Temp 44 to 68 F
Apr Temp 50 to 76 F
Jul Temp 61 to 89 F
Oct Temp 55 to 83 F
Annual Precip 21 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Santa Clarita, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Agua Dulce (91390, 91350)

Bouquet Canyon (91350)

Canyon Country (91386, 91387, 91390, 91351)

Castaic (91384, 91310)

Fair Oaks Ranch (91387)

Friendly Valley (91321)

Mint Canyon (91350)

Newhall (91382, 91321, 91322, 91381)

Saugus (91390, 91350)

Sleepy Valley (91350)

Stevenson Ranch (91381)

Valencia (91385, 91354, 91355, 91380, 91381)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Burbank 104,484 $82,063
Calabasas 23,956 $136,724
Hidden Hills 1,749 $250
Moorpark 35,033 $108,628
San Fernando 24,050 $56,482
Simi Valley 125,699 $98,394

Santa Clarita Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(661) 253-8000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Santa Clarita High Schools

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Serves 3,503 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.8

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Serves 2,932 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.5

Serves 2,731 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.6

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Serves 470 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23

Serves 136 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 28.3

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Serves 100 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25

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