The master planned community of Santa Clarita is located in Southern California, just 30 miles north of Los Angeles. Interstate 5 connects Santa Clarita with the Los Angeles region, and Santa Clarita apartments for rent offer the convenience of big city living without the traffic and price tag of downtown LA. Although many residents commute to LA for work, there is a large jobs base within the city limits of Santa Clarita.
Santa Clarita provides endless opportunities for outdoor recreation. The Santa Clarita trails are made up of more than 60 miles of trails and paseos designed for walking, riding, jogging and skating. Water sports enthusiasts can visit Castaic Lake Recreation Area, a park spanning 9,000 acres and home to activities such as fishing, boating, jet skiing and swimming. Movies at the Lake and moonlight kayaking and fishing are popular activities at Castaic Lake after sunset.
The Canyon Theatre Guild, Repertory East Playhouse and the College of the Canyons' Performing Arts Center are three respected live theaters that make up an important part of the Santa Clarita arts scene. The Performing Arts Center routinely features entertainment provided by the Santa Clarita Symphony and the Santa Clarita Master Chorale.
Santa Clarita's unemployment rate of 7.3 percent in May 2011 was one of the lowest in Los Angeles County. The manufacturing industry plays a significant role in the local economy and primarily consists of highly technical manufacturing sectors. The services and retail trade sectors also employ a large percentage of Santa Clarita residents. Large employers in the Santa Clarita Valley include Six Flags Magic Mountain, Princess Cruises and Specialty Laboratories.
Many of the local public schools in Santa Clarita are ranked among the top 10 percent in California. Elementary and middle school students attend classes in the Newhall, Saugus, Sulphur Springs and Castaic school districts, while students in high school are primarily served by the William S. Hart Union High School District. The Academy of the Canyons Middle College High School in Santa Clarita serves students in 9th through 12th grades and provides them the opportunity to earn between 24 and 44 transferable college units prior to receiving their high school diplomas. Colleges and universities near Santa Clarita rentals include the College of the Canyons and CalArts, which is located in Valencia.
An independent study conducted by the Kosmont-Rose Institute found that the cost of living in Santa Clarita is lower than in neighboring cities of Los Angeles and Pasadena. The study ranked Santa Clarita as one of the 10 lowest cost cities out of 71 cities surveyed in LA County. Entrepreneurs are attracted to Santa Clarita because it is one of five cities in LA that does not have a business license fee requirement. According to city-data.com, the median gross rent for Santa Clarita apartments in 2009 was $1,419.
The theme parks of Six Flags Magic Mountain and Six Flags Hurricane Harbor are among the most popular attractions in Santa Clarita. Six Flags Magic Mountain features some of the most exhilarating roller coasters in the world, and Hurricane Harbor features more than 23 slides and attractions.
The William S. Hart Museum exhibits an impressive array of Western artwork, as well as mementos from early Hollywood, personal furnishings and artifacts representing multiple Native American cultures. It is located in William S. Hart Park, which features live farm animals, picnic areas and a series of hiking trails.
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