The Santa Clarita Valley is located 30 miles north of Los Angeles and 40 miles east of the Pacific Ocean. The Valley was formed in an inverted triangle with the San Gabriel and Santa Susanna mountain ranges separating it from the San Fernando Valley.
The city of Santa Clarita offers an excellent school system with five school districts with 42 different schools to choose from. The schools in Santa Clarita all rank above average and are one of the area’s main attractions for most families. Santa Clarita schools have been honored five times with national Blue Ribbon Honors and 26 times with California Distinguished Schools Honors.
There are three colleges and universities located in Santa Clarita - the California Institute of the Arts, The Master's College and College of the Canyons. California State University, Northridge is just 12 miles away. UCLA, located in Westwood, is a little over 20 miles away. This city is known to have a highly educated population with over 64% of its adult residents having attended college.
Santa Clarita has approximately 155,000 residents and about 70,000 jobs. Most of these jobs are in the professional, manufacturing, entertainment, retail and wholesale trade, service and management industries. Some of the major employers in this area are: Six Flags Magic Mountain, William S. Hart High School District, Princess Cruises, HR Textron and ATC/Vancom of Calif.
There are many recreational opportunities available in the area. One of the Santa Clarita Valley’s most distinctive and best-loved features is its system of landscaped pedestrian walkways known as "paseos" located in the Santa Clarita community of Valencia that meander through residential neighborhoods and connect to the community trail system that joins homes, schools, parks, recreation centers and the Valencia Town Center Regional Mall. These walkways total more than 25 miles in length and continue to expand. In addition to this great trail system, there are lakes nearby for various water sports and also a variety of trails for hiking or riding your bike.
Six Flags Magic Mountain attracts more than 3 million visitors annually to the Santa Clarita Valley, and Castaic Lake brings 1.5 million visitors. Other great ways to relax include horseback riding through the hills; touring William S. Hart's magnificent Spanish Colonial mansion; water skiing and boating at Castaic Lake; and golfing on public or private courses. The Vasquez Rocks in Agua Dulce offers a dramatic natural setting and has been used as the site for hundreds of movies and commercials.
Up until recently, Santa Clarita was not its own city and operated under auspices of Los Angeles County. The movement to separate from the county began in 1969 when an editorial written in the local newspaper urged readers to unite and become a city. The grass-roots effort took hold, and December 15, 1987 the City of Santa Clarita was born. At that time, it was the second largest city in size within Los Angeles County, and the sixth largest in population. The City of Santa Clarita was incorporated on December 15, 1987, and includes the communities of Canyon Country, Saugus, Newhall, and Valencia. Today, Santa Clarita continues to be a great place to work, live and play!
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