Best Santa Clarita Suburbs To Live For 2020

We analyzed over 19 places around Santa Clarita to identify the most kickass place to live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best Santa Clarita suburbs.

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Big city living isn't for everyone--but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There's the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There's traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing--pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you're looking at.

But that's where the suburbs come in--they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Santa Clarita are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado...

What's the best suburb of Santa Clarita? San Marino ranks as the best suburb of Santa Clarita for 2020 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of San Marino, you're probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 Santa Clarita 'burbs better than the rest--but first, a bit about our methodology.

Note: This result may differ from our state wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a larger selection of suburbs.
Or feel free to check out some more reading about California:

The 10 Best Santa Clarita Suburbs To Live For 2020

San Marino, CA

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Population: 13,285
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $159,509
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 9.1%
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San Marino is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Santa Clarita area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome San Marino."

Everyone here is rich; families average $159,509 a year, which is the 1st highest in the Santa Clarita region. And only 3.61% are out of work. Homes average more than $1,886,000 each.

Agoura Hills, CA

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Population: 20,636
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Income: $121,896
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 5.0%
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Agoura Hills is the second best 'burb we looked at near Santa Clarita for 2020.

It ranks 3rd for incomes in the area and only 3.78% of residents lack insurance, good for 2nd best.

Calabasas, CA

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Population: 24,077
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Income: $119,926
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Poverty Rate: 7.3%
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Here in Calabasas, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the Santa Clarita metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Calabasas.

Review Of Calabasas by HomeSnacks User

Stuck up ppl with nothing to do. High school kids are superficial with lots of drug activity

Many ppl badmouth Calabasas

South Pasadena, CA

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Population: 25,824
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Median Income: $96,579
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 8.7%
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South Pasadena ranks as the 4th best suburb of Santa Clarita for 2020.

You won't find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in South Pasadena and the schools are some of the best around.

Malibu, CA

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Population: 12,846
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $147,934
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Poverty Rate: 7.9%
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Coming in as the fifth best is Malibu.

Malibu gets kudos for having the 1st most expensive homes in the Santa Clarita area, where houses sell for an average of $2,000,001. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Beverly Hills, CA

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Population: 34,362
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Income: $103,403
Unemployment Rate: 5.7%
Poverty Rate: 9.5%
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Beverly Hills is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here's why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 5.66% which is 12th best in the area.

According to online reports, Beverly Hills is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Santa Clarita area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Santa Monica, CA

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Population: 92,078
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $93,865
Unemployment Rate: 6.7%
Poverty Rate: 10.4%
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The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Santa Monica.

Santa Monica schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it's only 26.2 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Moorpark, CA

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Population: 36,274
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 3)
Median Income: $104,839
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
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Moorpark is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 4.34% of people lack insurance, good for 4th in the area.

Thousand Oaks, CA

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Population: 128,481
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Income: $105,485
Unemployment Rate: 5.6%
Poverty Rate: 5.5%
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Is 'Everything Better In Thousand Oaks?'


It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it's really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

West Hollywood, CA

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Population: 36,384
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Median Income: $69,249
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
Poverty Rate: 13.0%
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And rounding out the top ten for 2020 is West Hollywood.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It's far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

Review Of West Hollywood by HomeSnacks User

I went to West Hollywood for just a couple of days. I fell in love immediately. We stayed at a little motel that wasn't the best, but that didn't even matter. We walked around all night and drove around the next day for hours.

My favorite thing to do would just be to sit outside at a restaurant and people watch. I loved the shops. We drove around and looked at the different apartments and houses.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Santa Clarita for 2020

Figuring out the best suburbs around Santa Clarita was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data for 2014-2018 to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Santa Clarita.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 4,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 20 suburbs to evaluate around Santa Clarita.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 20 in each category, where 1 was the "best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the "Best Suburb near Santa Clarita." We're lookin' at you, San Marino. You can download the data here.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

Welcome to the Best Santa Clarita 'Burbs of 2020

We said it once and we'll say it again--life in the big city isn't for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you're hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Santa Clarita, but don't want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

For more California reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Santa Clarita Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 San Marino, CA 13,285 $159,509
2 Agoura Hills, CA 20,636 $121,896
3 Calabasas, CA 24,077 $119,926
4 South Pasadena, CA 25,824 $96,579
5 Malibu, CA 12,846 $147,934
6 Beverly Hills, CA 34,362 $103,403
7 Santa Monica, CA 92,078 $93,865
8 Moorpark, CA 36,274 $104,839
9 Thousand Oaks, CA 128,481 $105,485
10 West Hollywood, CA 36,384 $69,249
11 Simi Valley, CA 126,199 $95,543
12 Pasadena, CA 141,246 $78,941
13 Burbank, CA 104,275 $73,277
14 Glendale, CA 200,372 $62,531
15 Fillmore, CA 15,598 $67,636
16 Los Angeles, CA 3,959,657 $58,385
17 San Fernando, CA 24,585 $53,353
18 Westlake, CA 4,661 $52,556
19 Lancaster, CA 159,662 $52,504
20 Palmdale, CA 156,904 $60,428

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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