Santa Clarita ranks No. 3 in ‘best city’ list

The Signal - - News - By Tammy Murga Sig­nal Staff Writer

From top small ci­ties to safest U.S. ci­ties, it wouldn’t be the first time Santa Clarita ranks high in a “best ci­ties” list. This time, the city ranked No. 3 out of 13 as the best places to live in the coun­try.

Ear­lier this week, Penny-Geeks, a site that of­fers money-sav­ing ad­vice on auto in­sur­ance, said Santa Clarita pro­vides more than just Six Flags Magic Moun­tain.

Pen­nyGeeks ranked Amer­i­can ci­ties based on mul­ti­ple vari­ables in­clud­ing, ac­cess to top ed­u­ca­tion, job avail­abil­ity and mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ences in its “13 Best Places to Live in the U.S.” list.

While many know the area be­cause of the theme park, Santa Clarita is ad­mired for its high-qual­ity of life, while be­ing only an hour’s drive from Los An­ge­les.

“Santa Clarita has long been known as one of the best places to live in Cal­i­for­nia – it’s ex­cit­ing also to be rec­og­nized as one of the top places to live in the en­tire na­tion,” said Car­rie Lu­jan, com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager with the city. “Our City strives to pro­vide top-notch ser­vices, at­tract busi­nesses, pro­vide arts and cul­tural op­por­tu­ni­ties and of­fer an al­laround high qual­ity of life.”

Santa Clarita fol­lowed just be­hind Ch­e­sa­peake, VA in sec­ond place and Wild­woods, NJ in first.

In June the city ranked 10th in the coun­try, be­hind Simi Bal­ley and Rialto, as hav­ing the least num­ber of prop­erty crimes per ev­ery thou­sand peo­ple. Since May, crimes dropped 22.7 per­cent from 2017 fig­ures, ac­cord­ing to the city.

Just three years ago, 24/7 Wall St. ranked Santa Clarita Amer­ica’s 20th best city to live in out of 50 oth­ers that made the cut.

The ob­ser­va­tion also high­lighted the city’s prime lo­ca­tion in the Los An­ge­les County, as well as job growth, which grew by 5.2 per­cent — sev­eral times faster than the na­tion­wide em­ploy­ment growth of 1.8 per­cent at the time.

To see the com­plete list com­piled by Pen­nyGeeks, visit pen­nygeeks.com.

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