The Santa Clarita Valley Location
Valencia Town Center
Plum Canyon Elementary School in Saugus
Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival
Excellent Medical Care in SCV
Pack up the Kids for Santa Clarita!
Santa Clarita is nestled in a quiet little valley just 35 miles northwest of the City of Los Angeles. It is bordered on the south by the San Gabriel and Santa Susanna mountain ranges and on the north by the Pelona mountain range.
Our summers are dry and daytime temperatures may reach 100 degrees, but don't sweat it! The low humidity makes it bearable for most people. Evenings bring relief, with the temperatures beginning to drop around 4:00 p.m. to an evening low of almost 40 degrees below daytime temperatures. (So bring a jacket). Winters are mild, ranging between 40 to 65 degrees. We receive most of our annual rainfall (15-18 inches) between November and March. (Put away the umbrella in the summer months; you won't be needing it in the SCV.)
On rare occassions, it snows here in Santa Clarita, as you can see in this
posted on YouTube in February 2007.
The seasons of Santa Clarita follow:
Spring: April, May, June
Summer: July, August, September
Autumn: October, November, December
Winter: January, February, March
Don't believe us? Check out the City of Santa Clarita's
To those of you who have lived in So. California forever, you won't understand the reason for this listing. But for those of us who come from cold climates, the months in the seasons are different. Don't believe us? Check
Worried about the smog of LA? Santa Clarita was the recipient of the 2008 Model Community Award presented by the
South Coast Air Quality Management District.
The award was given for the SCV's innovative and aggressive efforts toward improving air quality.
Residents are drawn to the Santa Clarita Valley by its outstanding public schools. Many of the local schools rank among the top 10 percent in California based on the California Assessment Program and have received Distinguished School awards from the California Dept. of Education or National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence awards. Learn more
Students in grades K through 6 attend schools in the
school districts. Students across the valley in grades 7 through 12 are served by the William S. Hart Union High School District, except those in Castaic, which operates its own middle school through eighth grade. Information on the valley's secondary schools is available
Earn an AA, BS, MS, or PhD in Santa Clarita at
College of the Canyons.
Additionally, career courses, extension classes, and an opportunity for high school students to attend college (while still in high school) are all offered at COC.
Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital
provides emergency care 24 hours a day, seven days a week--and is certified for pediatric emergency care.
Providence Holy Cross Medical Center,
ranked in the top 3% nationwide in 2003 by the
Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospital Organizations,
opened a health center in Valencia in the summer of 2005.
Santa Clarita, a Los Angeles bedroom community, is the third largest city in LA County behind Los Angeles, and the twenty-fourth largest city in the State of California. Our valley boasts a population of over 230,000. Santa Clarita is a more affluent city compared to Los Angeles County as a whole and also compared to the entire State of California. The median family income in 2010 was $87,927. The City is also economically stable with the lowest unemployment rate in Los Angeles County among cities with populations over 100,000.
Selected as one of the Best Places to Live by CNN Money Magazine in 2006, Santa Clarita is also one of the Top 25 City Retail Markets in California (2007 edition of the California Retail Survey). The accolades continue, such as: One of the 100 Best Places to Raise a Family (Best Life Magazine, 2008), One of the Best Economies in Los Angeles County (Union Bank of California), One of the Top 25 Places to Live in the US (CNN Money Magazine, 2006), and finally, Best Place to Live in California (CNN Money Magazine 2006 ).
Santa Clarita Demographics--learn more about the City of Santa Clarita's
The Santa Clarita Valley had experienced a tremendous increase in home values in the last decade, but like most of the US, has seen a decrease in home values recently. Selecting a home without Homeowners' Association (HOA) fees or school bond taxes can save homeowners thousands of dollars annually. Learn more by reading
Home Buying Basics
in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Families Warmly Welcomed
In 2004, the median age of a Santa Clarita resident was 33.6. Once dubbed "a baby factory" by our mayor, the city caters to families with stores, restaurants, salons, parks, playgrounds and open spaces designed for children. The new Aquatics Center boasts a 160-foot water slide. Miles of rural trails are available for hiking, biking or equestrian use and paved paseos wind through the valley. Unique annual activities, such as the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival held at a working western movie ranch, encourage families to kick up their heels together.
CNNMoney rated Santa Clarita as the #7 most desirable city to live in the western U.S., with a population over 100,000. So pack up the kids and bring them to Santa Clarita!
Disneyland, California Adventure and LEGOland are about an hour and half drive. Beaches, Universal Studios, Beverly Hills, and all that the City of Los Angeles has to offer are within one hour. Go snow skiing in the morning and surfing in the afternoon--all possible when you live in the central location of the Santa Clarita Valley.
Towering sequoias, ocean bluffs, Yosemite National Park, Las Vegas, and the Grand Canyon are all within driving distance for a family vacation.
Where did we get our facts? Obtain current data at the sites below:
The City of Santa Clarita
The City of Santa Clarita's Film Office