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Overview

Introduction to Santa Clarita, California

Incorporated in 1987, Santa Clarita is in Los Angeles County. It is part of the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area. 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 1960s through the 1990s. 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.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population180,303
Male Share of the Population49.3%
Female Share of the Population50.7%
Senior Citizens11.9%
Employed Population 16+86,154
Age of the Population38

Families

% of people married51.2%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher33.5%
Median Earnings25+$49,047
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$21,620
Median Earnings With High School Degree$35,101

Wealth

Median Family Income$95,007
% Above Poverty Level90.8%
% Below Poverty Level9.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time33 minutes
% Working from Home6%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.8%
% Using Public Transportation2.9%

Housing

People Living Alone19.3%
Median Gross Rent$1,653
Median House Value$417,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)48.9%
German11.9%
Irish9.4%
English8.2%
Italian6.2%
French Except Basque2.2%
Polish2.2%
Scottish2%
Russian1.7%
Norwegian1.6%
Dutch1.4%
Swedish1.4%
Arab1.2%
Danishn0.8%
Welsh0.6%
Hungarian0.6%
Canadian0.6%
US/American0.6%
Lebanese0.5%
Czech0.4%
African0.4%
Iranian0.4%
Greek0.4%
Portuguese0.3%
West Indian0.3%
Ukrainian0.3%
Swiss0.3%
Austrian0.3%
Jordanian0.2%
Egyptian0.2%
Romanian0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Croatian0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Belizean0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Afghan)0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Ethiopian0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Israeli0.1%
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Santa Clarita Almanac

CategoryValue
County Los Angeles County
Standard Zip Codes91382, 91383, 91350, 91390, 91321, 91354, 91355, 91384, 91351, 91387, 91381
P.O. Box Zip Codes91380, 91310, 91322, 91385, 91386
Phone Area Codes661, 805
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude34.41
Approximate Longitude-118.51

Santa Clarita Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationDRY CANYON RESERVOIR
Distance6.4 miles
Jan Temp36 to 64 F
Apr Temp41 to 74 F
Jul Temp54 to 94 F
Oct Temp46 to 82 F
Annual Precip13.9 inches
StationU C L A
Distance23.1 miles
Jan Temp49 to 66 F
Apr Temp53 to 69 F
Jul Temp62 to 77 F
Oct Temp59 to 75 F
Annual Precip18.6 inches
StationPASADENA
Distance27.9 miles
Jan Temp44 to 68 F
Apr Temp50 to 76 F
Jul Temp61 to 89 F
Oct Temp55 to 83 F
Annual Precip21 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Burbank104,583$84,527
Calabasas24,091$129,355
Hidden Hills1,573$250
Moorpark35,594$105,074
San Fernando24,396$56,156
Simi Valley126,126$101,261

Santa Clarita Public Libraries

Santa Clarita Public Library
23743 VALENCIA BLVD.
Santa Clarita, California
(661) 799-6132

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Santa Clarita Public Schools

Golden Oak Community
25201 Via Princessa
ZIP: 91321
Primary
Total Enrollment 542
Golden Valley High
27051 Robert C. Lee Pkwy.
ZIP: 91321
High
Total Enrollment 2086
Bowman (jereann) High (continuation)
21508 Centre Pointe Pkwy.
ZIP: 91350
High
Total Enrollment 494
Hart Rop
21515 Centre Point Pkwy.
ZIP: 91350
High
Sequoia Charter
21445 Centre Pointe Pkwy.
ZIP: 91350
High
Total Enrollment 53
La Mesa Junior High
26623 May Way
ZIP: 91351
Middle
Total Enrollment 1126
Rio Norte Junior High
28771 Rio Norte Dr.
ZIP: 91354
Middle
Total Enrollment 1144
Academy Of The Canyons
26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd.
ZIP: 91355
High
Total Enrollment 387
Albert Einstein Academy Elementary
25300 Rye Canyon
ZIP: 91355
Primary
Total Enrollment 982
Albert Einstein Academy For Letters, Arts And Sciences
28141 Kelly Johnson Pkwy.
ZIP: 91355
High
Total Enrollment 454
Bridgeport Elementary
23670 Newhall Ranch Rd.
ZIP: 91355
Primary
Total Enrollment 968
Learning Post High (alternative)
26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd.
ZIP: 91355
High
Total Enrollment 157
Mission View Public
26334 Citrus St.
ZIP: 91355
Other
Total Enrollment 1187
Transitional Learning Center Charter
23007 W. Dalbey Dr.
ZIP: 91355
Fair Oaks Ranch Community
26933 N. Silverbell Ln.
ZIP: 91387
Primary
Total Enrollment 916

Santa Clarita Private Schools

Our Lady Of Perpetual Help School
23225 Lyons Ave
ZIP: 91321
Elementary
Total Enrollment 262
Santa Clarita Christian School
27249 Luther Dr
ZIP: 91351
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 524
Monarch Academy For Young Children
27927 Smyth Dr
ZIP: 91355
Elementary
Total Enrollment 9
Advantage Preparatory Schools
22589 Hickory Pl
ZIP: 91390
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 133
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