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Santa Clarita, CA (Population: 175,314)

Santa Clarita is the fourth largest city in Los Angeles County, with a population of 175,314. The city is located about 35 miles north of Los Angeles and comprises most of the Santa Clarita Valley. Santa Clarita is the perfect example of an edge city or boomburg, which is a suburb of a large city that has reached population levels that are comparable to typical urban core cities. The FBI ranks it as the sixth safest city in the United States with at least 100,000 residents. What's more, the city's economic stability is reflected by its rank as having the lowest unemployment rate among cities of its size in Los Angeles County.

Santa Clarita offers a variety of attractions, including a PGA champion tour golf course, a Six Flags Amusement Park, historical sites, a world-class aquatic center, and several luxurious day spas. Additionally, Santa Clarita provides opportunities for a variety of outdoor activities. The city has maintained a comprehensive parks and recreation program, incorporating many youth-friendly activities to divert children and teens from gang activity and crime. Parks, paseos and miles of biking and walking trails exist throughout the city. As an added bonus, every summer for the past few years, free concerts have taken place in various city parks.

Santa Clarita hosts several events that draw an annual slew of residents and visitors, one of which is the famed Cowboy Festival. This Old West extravaganza features authentic cowboy gear and food, Western music, cowboy poetry, film location tours and much more. Every year, the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival is located at the Melody Ranch, which has been the site of many famous Western films, and is at present the location of the HBO series Deadwood. Whatever your pleasure, you are sure to find an attraction in Santa Clarita perfectly suited just for you.