General Law city
Incorporated: December 15, 1987
City Hall: 23920 Valencia Blvd, Santa Clarita 91355
City Telephone: (661) 259-2489
Population (2010 Census): 176,320 (2000 Census: 151,088; 1990 Census: 110,642). For latest State Population Estimates, click here.
Population Density (2010 Census): 3,344.7 persons per square mile
Population Age 65+ (2010 Census): 9.6% (2000 Census: 7.1%; 1990 Census: 6.3%)
Population Under Age 18 (2010 Census): 26.2% (2000 Census: 30.3%; 1990 Census: 28.0%)
Land Area: 52.72 square miles (136.53 square kilometers)
Water Area: 0.07 square miles (0.17 square kilometers)
Named for the Rio Santa Clara, which had been named by the Gaspar de Portola expedition. To avoid confusion with another larger river in Northern California of the same name, the area around the river was occasionally referred to as "The Little Santa Clara River Valley." In the 1930s, historian A.B. Perkins named the area Santa Clarita (Little Santa Clara). The city includes Newhall, Saugus, Valencia, and Canyon Country. (Thanks to John Boston, writing for The Signal - Sunday, August 8, 1999).
City in red below. Click on map for more detailed color map of county.