The Good, Bad, And Ugly Of Santa Clarita Living

Are you thinking of moving to Santa Clarita and want to know what it’s really like? In this episode of SCV Connect, I’m going to give you the good, the bad, and the ugly of living in Santa Clarita. I’ll explain everything from outdoor activities to real estate so you can decide if this area is right for you.

Why People Love Santa Clarita

Living in Santa Clarita has its pros and cons, as does every place. First, we’re going to talk about the top three reasons that people loving living here. The SCV is located just 30 miles north of downtown Los Angeles. The Santa Clarita Valley feels worlds apart, surrounded by acres of protected open space. It’s also consistently ranked as one of the healthiest cities in the US.

Miles of hiking and biking trails make outdoor activities a breeze, while safe neighborhoods and great schools make the Santa Clarita Valley a great place for growing families. Whether you’re a millennial ready to purchase their first home or an executive seeking exclusive neighborhoods, our region has something for everyone. Companies and their teams love it here too.


The first reason people love living here in the SCV is education. The city of Santa Clarita consistently ranks among the top California communities for families because of the area's high-ranking and high-performing public schools. Nearly two-thirds of Santa Clarita elementary schools have been named California Distinguished Schools at least once—if not several times. In total, there have been nearly 90 individual awards of recognition since 1986.

Santa Clarita schools consistently ranked among the top 10% in the state. The junior high and senior high schools are operated by the William S. Hart School District, which has won the Golden Bell award for its diversity awareness, anti-bullying programs, intensive summer literacy program, and exemplary physical education program at our very own Sierra Vista Junior High.

Santa Clarita is home to programs like the Academy of the Canyons, a unique experience for grades 9 through 12. It allows students the opportunity to concurrently enroll in and attend college while completing their high school graduation requirements. There are also several other charter schools that are here in the area.

Lifetime education is a priority here in the SCV and is home to more than 50 primary education sites. Santa Clarita has three secondary education facilities including the College of the Canyons, the California Institute of the Arts, and the Master's University.

Quality Of Life

The second reason people love living here is the quality of life. There are countless fun things to do in SCV, from theme parks and historic house tours to endless outdoor recreation and celebrity sightings. You can fill your days with plenty of fantastic experiences for the whole family of all ages.

The SCV sits perfectly in the middle of all of the top Southern California events and excursions. Here, you'll find everything you value in one outstanding Southern California destination that's central to everything. It’s the hub for family entertainment and is also a short drive to beaches, snow, and other nearby attractions.

You can visit rescued animals at The Gentle Barn, scoop up goodies at mom and pop shops, buy in-season produce at our farmers market, and dine at one of our many chef-driven restaurants. You can even explore a pioneer oil town at Mentryville’s Pico Number 4, hike around picturesque Castaic Lake, or explore one of the many other open space areas.

In addition, SCV holds scores of festivals and concerts. We’re home to the thrill capital of the world, Six Flags Magic Mountain. What more could you ask for? SCV is loaded with tons of attractions and fun.

Housing Variety

The third reason people love living in the SCV is the housing variety. We've got multifamily dwellings with several new projects that are currently under construction. These offer state-of-the-art amenities and access to public transportation, shopping, dining, and entertainment.

The SCV also offers a wide variety of new and existing single-family homes for families just starting out right up to executive properties and custom homes. The Santa Clarita Valley has room to grow, and new homes are being built all around the region. This includes a new 21,000 home development, the Newhall Ranch Fivepoint Project.

The Cons Of Living In Santa Clarita

Santa Clarita is California's best-hidden secret, with safe neighborhoods, perfect school systems, and a ton of fun-filled activities. While you're bound to never regret your decision to move here, there are some cons of living here.  Because let's be honest, not everything is perfect.

Did you know that Santa Clarita has some commuter issues? Yep, that's correct. Some people get plenty of windshield time. If you can deal with listening to Audible, then maybe you won't mind the commute times. The most recent year for which this information is available is 2018, and tracking traffic volumes did increase slightly at high volume points like Calgrove Blvd,  Lyons Avenue, and McBean Parkway. In these areas, traffic flows reached 195,000 to 205,000 cars per day. Here in the SCV residents commute for an average of 39 minutes each way.

The other negative of living in Santa Clarita is that we've got plenty of wildlife here. So if you worry about your pets as much as I do, you're going to need to plan ahead and get used to it. You’ll find coyotes walking down the streets, bobcats on block walls, and bats flying at night. These are all pretty common sightings here in SCV. But these animals stay pretty much to their turf, and you don't need to be too concerned.

Explore Santa Clarita

I hope this gave you some insight into the pros and cons of living in Santa Clarita. We help people every day move and relocate here, and we'd love to help you too. If you have any additional questions about Santa Clarita, please don't hesitate to reach out and ask.

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