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Despite suffering the highest population loss amongst counties in the United States, losing 159,621 persons in 2021, Los Angeles County remains one of the most desirable areas to live in the United States for a multitude of obvious reasons. It is filled with sandy beaches, majestic mountains, breathtaking landscapes, and glitz & glamour, which naturally skyrockets the value of properties in the surrounding area, making it extremely challenging for middle-class citizens to establish themselves permanently.
Housing prices in Los Angeles have risen by 16.8 percent in the last year. As a result, the majority of Los Angeles residents cannot afford to purchase a home in the city, and around 64% of individuals rent their homes. Nonetheless, there are certain regions that, under specific conditions, can be affordable to the middle class. Let us take a look at some of Los Angeles County's top middle-class communities.
Lancaster, California is about an hour north of downtown Los Angeles in the Antelope Valley section of the Mojave Desert. The neighborhood is noted for its arts scene and cultural events, such as the annual California Poppy Festival, which draws over 60,000 tourists to the region to witness the state's official flower in bloom.
With a population of 173,516 residents, it is one of the most affordable communities in Los Angeles, making it one of the best middle-class neighborhoods for families on a budget. This little community provides an excellent combination of affordability, safety, and accessibility to Los Angeles. Downtown Lancaster is also undergoing renovation, which will assist to modernize its blend of historic and new community-based facilities.
Palmdale is a city in Los Angeles County's Antelope Valley area. This neighborhood's territory and statistics include Unincorporated Palmdale. As per the official city site, it is an upper-middle-class neighborhood, with a median family income of $73,482 in 2017.
Palmdale residents enjoy a cozy neighborhood atmosphere with a strong family emphasis, a great school system, and plenty of recreational possibilities in a safe setting. Palmdale's crime rate is 28% lower than Los Angeles' average crime rate. Palmdale has a median home value of $420,000.
Santa Clarita is a city in California, north of Los Angeles. It is well-known for the Six Flags Magic Mountain theme park, which features several roller coasters. It is the third-most populous city in Los Angeles County. It is located immediately north of the San Fernando Valley, 30 miles from downtown Los Angeles, and 40 miles east of the Pacific Ocean, nestled between the San Gabriel Mountain Range to the east and the Santa Susana Mountain Range to the west.
Santa Clarita has routinely ranked as one of the safest cities in California and the United States. Overall, Santa Clarita is the fourth safest city in California with a population of at least 150,000 people, and the thirteenth safest city in the United States. The median home price in Santa Clarita is $684,000.
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