Santa Clarita is the third largest city in Los Angeles County with a population of 203,323 in December 2012. Santa Clarita is the 18th largest city in the State of California. In Los Angeles County, only Los Angeles with a population of 3.8 million and Long Beach with just over 464,000 are larger than Santa Clarita. Consequently, Santa Clarita plays an important role in the County based on its size.
Over the past ten years, Santa Clarita's population size has continued to steadily increase. During this time period, the population growth was the result of new housing construction in the City as well as annexations of surrounding areas into the city limits. Since 2007, the population of Santa Clarita and other comparison cities appears to have slowed down compared to the first part of the decade.
In fact, Santa Clarita's population grew by 17.5% from 2000 to 2010 and was almost twice the growth experience in all of Los Angeles County. Only the communities of Lancaster and Palmdale in the Antelope Valley grew faster than Santa Clarita.
Source: California Department of Finance, July 2007
By the year 2015, the population of the City of Santa Clarita is forecasted to exceed 193,000. Growth is forecasted to continue over the coming decades to 239,900 by the year 2035.
|2005-2009 American Community Survey, US Bureau of the Census
|2010 Estimates from Southern California Association of Governments
Santa Clarita's population is well-educated with 65% of adults at least 25 years of age having some college or higher. People in the City are more educated when compared to the Los Angeles County average in which only 54% have attained some college or higher. This indicates a greater likelihood for professionals and technical employees residing in the City.
Located either in or near the City of Santa Clarita are four well-known colleges whose total enrollment exceeds 60,000 students. In Santa Clarita are College of the Canyons, the fastest growing community college within California, along with California Institute of the Arts and The Master's College which are both renowned in their areas of specialty. Located near Santa Clarita is California State University, Northridge.
|NAME OF COLLEGE
|California Institute of the Arts
|The Master's College
|College of the Canyons
|California State University, Northridge
Source: Individual school web sites, June 2011
Another important indicator of the quality of life in Santa Clarita is test scores or Academic Performance Index (API) averages for each of the school districts serving Santa Clarita. Performance increased among every school district in 2010 compared to 2009. The district with the highest API is Newhall School District with an API in 2010 of 896. The API for the William S. Hart Union High School District which encompasses junior and senior high schools rose to 824 in 2010 from 816 in the previous school year.
Each of the Santa Clarita based school districts attained higher APIs in 2010 than the Los Angeles Unified School District, and all had higher or comparable APIs to other districts of cities nearby.
In the Santa Clarita area, 38 schools comprise the elementary school districts and 19 junior high and high schools are part of the William S. Hart Union High School District. The majority of these schools are either California Distinguished Schools and/or National Blue Ribbon Schools. This further demonstrates the superior quality of education available to families with children under the age of 18 in Santa Clarita.
SANTA CLARITA AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT
# OF SCHOOLS
|Saugus Union Elementary
|Sulphur Springs Union Elementary
|William S. Hart Union High
Sources: California Department of Education, U. S. Department of Education, 2011
Santa Clarita's population is relatively young in age with 28% of the population under the age of 18. Approximately 30% are between the ages of 25 and 44 and 24% are school age between the ages of 5 and 19.
In general, the City's population is not as diverse as the County's population. More than three-fourths or 76% of Santa Clarita's population describes itself as White.
More than one-fourth or 28% of Santa Clarita's population is Hispanic compared to 47% of Los Angeles County and 36% of California's population.
Santa Clarita's Asian population is quite diverse. In fact, 36% of the City's Asian population is Filipino followed by 16% who are Korean. An additional 16% are Asian Indian, 11% are Chinese, and 10% are Japanese.
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