As part of Los Angeles County, Santa Clarita has the advantage of being near the city of Los Angeles without the added smog or huge population. Santa Clarita has a population of 209,130, so it's by no means a small city. The city is characterized by warm, sunny weather throughout most of the year, with a winter wet season. Santa Clarita is home to an Enterprise Zone, a federally recognized space intended to give businesses tax incentives and provide office and warehouse space. The zone now encompasses most of Santa Clarita's businesses.
The cost of living in Santa Clarita is significantly lower than the rest of California. On a scale where 100 represents the national average, California scored 127 while Santa Clarita scored 117, which still puts it a significant amount above the national average. As of 2012, City Data's estimated median household income in Santa Clarita is $78,894, and the estimated home value is $360,600.
Santa Clarita Job Opportunities
The city's service and retail sectors are significant, and provide a considerable number of Santa Clarita jobs. Santa Clarita's largest employer is Six Flags Magic Mountain, with almost 4,000 employees. Princess Cruises comes in second on the list, with 1,625 jobs in Santa Clarita, CA. Wal-Mart is also a major Santa Clarita employer, with 624 employees.
The healthcare industry is also a significant contributor to Santa Clarita, CA jobs. Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital has 1,400 employees, and Quest Diagnostics has 850. If a healthcare job search doesn't turn up desired results, expand the search to include other cities in Los Angeles County. Check out Burbank, CA jobs to widen your search for Santa Clarita jobs.
Santa Clarita's education industry includes jobs in both the public and private sector. Workers with numerous job specialties, like administration, finance management, and custodial, can search both higher level education institutions and the public school system for jobs. The Master's College and the California Institute of the Arts are both located nearby. Search for education jobs in Santa Clarita.
Santa Clarita Employment Trends
The City of Santa Clarita reported in 2012 that they saw a consistently falling unemployment rate. As of that time, it was 6.2 percent, which was one of the lowest seen in Los Angeles County. The most common industries in Santa Clarita are education services, healthcare, finance and insurance, as well as professional, scientific and technical services, as reported by City Data.