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Santa Clarita consistently remains one of the safest cities in California as well as in the nation. Overall, Santa Clarita is the 4th safest among California cities with a population of at least 150,000 people and is the 13th safest in the United States.



The City of Santa Clarita unlike many other cities in Los Angeles County boasts a much larger share of owner-occupied housing units compared to housing units occupied by renters. Close to three-fourths or 73% of Santa Clarita's housing units are owner-occupied compared to only 39% countywide.


Santa Clarita's housing stock is substantially newer than that of the entire County. One-third or 33% of Santa Clarita's housing stock was built from 1980 through 1989. In comparison, only 12% of Los Angeles County's housing was built during this same time period. Additionally, only 5% of Santa Clarita's housing was built prior to 1960; whereas, 48% of the County's housing was built prior to 1960.


Santa Clarita's average housing vacancy rate for 2005 ¨C 2009 was 3.85% compared to 5.7% for the County of Los Angeles.

Housing Vacancy Rate


Single-family homes in the entire Santa Clarita Valley have increased in value each year from 2000 to 2006. Median resale prices in 2010 dropped less than 1% to $406,408 from 2009 and were 33% below the peak in 2006.

Condominium resale prices followed a similar pattern in the Santa Clarita Valley. In 2010, the condominium resale price was $227,700 or less than 1% above prices in 2009. The 2010 median resale price was 40% below the median price in 2006.


Median home prices in the City of Santa Clarita remain affordable compared to other cities in Los Angeles County. The March 2011 median home price of $330,000 was slightly above that of Los Angeles County at $318,000. In fact, Santa Clarita's home prices are substantially lower than those found in Glendale, Burbank, and Pasadena and somewhat higher than those found in Los Angeles..



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