The 10 Best Santa Clarita Suburbs To Live For 2021


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

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best Santa Clarita suburbs.

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...

Here are the 10 best suburbs to live around Santa Clarita for 2021:

  1. San Marino
  2. South Pasadena
  3. Calabasas
  4. Malibu
  5. Agoura Hills
  6. Beverly Hills
  7. Santa Monica
  8. Moorpark
  9. Thousand Oaks
  10. West Hollywood

What's the best suburb of Santa Clarita? San Marino ranks as the best suburb of Santa Clarita for 2021 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.

Feel free to check out some more reading about California:

The 10 Best Santa Clarita Suburbs To Live For 2021

San Marino, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 13,194
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $166,607
Unemployment Rate: 1.8%
Poverty Rate: 6.7%
More on San Marino: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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 $166,607 a year, which is the highest in the Santa Clarita region. And only 1.83% are out of work. Homes average more than $2,000,001 each.

South Pasadena, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 25,661
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Median Income: $104,308
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Poverty Rate: 7.6%
More on South Pasadena: Real Estate | Data | Photos

South Pasadena is the second best 'burb we looked at near Santa Clarita for 2021.

It ranks 8th for incomes in the area and only 3.73% of residents lack insurance, good for 2nd best.

Calabasas, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 23,988
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $125,814
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 6.4%
More on Calabasas: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Malibu, CA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 12,620
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Income: $150,747
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Poverty Rate: 7.1%
More on Malibu: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Malibu ranks as the 4th best suburb of Santa Clarita for 2021.

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

Agoura Hills, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 20,533
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 3)
Median Income: $122,998
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty Rate: 4.9%
More on Agoura Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Agoura Hills.

Agoura Hills gets kudos for having the 7th most expensive homes in the Santa Clarita area, where houses sell for an average of $815,000. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Beverly Hills, CA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 34,186
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $106,936
Unemployment Rate: 6.0%
Poverty Rate: 8.3%
More on Beverly Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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 5.95% which is 15th 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

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 91,577
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $96,570
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
Poverty Rate: 9.9%
More on Santa Monica: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 36,372
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Income: $107,820
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Poverty Rate: 4.4%
More on Moorpark: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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 4.29% of people lack insurance, good for 6th in the area.

Thousand Oaks, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 127,873
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Income: $109,378
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 5.2%
More on Thousand Oaks: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is 'Everything Better In Thousand Oaks?'

Almost.

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

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 36,450
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Income: $74,044
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Poverty Rate: 11.7%
More on West Hollywood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2021 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.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Santa Clarita for 2021

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 2015-2019 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 2021

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 13,194 $166,607
2 South Pasadena, CA 25,661 $104,308
3 Calabasas, CA 23,988 $125,814
4 Malibu, CA 12,620 $150,747
5 Agoura Hills, CA 20,533 $122,998
6 Beverly Hills, CA 34,186 $106,936
7 Santa Monica, CA 91,577 $96,570
8 Moorpark, CA 36,372 $107,820
9 Thousand Oaks, CA 127,873 $109,378
10 West Hollywood, CA 36,450 $74,044
11 Simi Valley, CA 125,842 $99,151
12 Pasadena, CA 141,258 $83,068
13 Burbank, CA 103,703 $75,827
14 Fillmore, CA 15,664 $76,590
15 Glendale, CA 200,232 $66,130
16 San Fernando, CA 24,535 $58,425
17 Los Angeles, CA 3,966,936 $62,142
18 Westlake, CA 4,727 $42,156
19 Lancaster, CA 159,028 $55,237
20 Palmdale, CA 156,293 $62,865

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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.

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