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Santa Clarita grows by 4,000 residents

Posted: May 1, 2014 5:33 p.m.
Updated: May 1, 2014 5:33 p.m.

The city of Santa Clarita added more than 4,000 residents from January 2013 to January of this year and remains the third-largest city in Los Angeles County, according to state figures unveiled this week.

An annual report from the California Department of Finance pegged the city’s population at 209,130 residents in January, up from 205,075 in January 2013.

“The majority of the growth is what we would call organic growth that’s spread throughout the city,” city spokeswoman Gail Morgan said Thursday.

In Los Angeles County, only the cities of Los Angeles and Long Beach have higher populations than Santa Clarita. The next largest after Santa Clarita is Glendale, with a population of 195,799, according to the Department of Finance.

Santa Clarita added the third-most residents from January 2013 to January of this year out of any California city with fewer than 300,000 residents, according to the Department of Finance. Only Irvine, which added 11,288 residents, and Chula Vista, which added 4,166, grew more than Santa Clarita in that time period, according to the Department of Finance.

While annexation has traditionally played a large role in Santa Clarita’s growth, Morgan said only about 40 residents in this period were added as a result of annexation.

Since incorporation in 1987, the city has welcomed in tens of thousands of new residents from annexation.

Two substantial annexations that have taken place in recent years include the North Copper Hill area, which added approximately 9,543 residents, according to city Associate Planner Patrick Leclair, and the Vista Canyon, Jakes Way, Fair Oaks Ranch annexation, which added around 14,895 residents.

Since incorporation, the city has annexed around 35 different areas, adding roughly 23.3 square miles, about 14,931 acres, to the city over that time frame, Leclair said.
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cms96: Posted: May 1, 2014 7:33 p.m.

Not too sure I would want to brag about that. The city's infrastructure cant handle the current amount of residents...

stray: Posted: May 1, 2014 8:01 p.m.

@cms -"The city's infrastructure cant handle the current amount of residents"

I completely agree! Even going back years, the previous city council members NEVER concentrated on developing more roads. I will commend them for requesting federal funds for Newhall Ranch Road, but that's nowhere near enough. Trying to commute around town is a nightmare just about any direction you choose.

But wait! Remember - that 20,000 new home development is brewing in the background! Just what WE needed! But, no worries, the toll lanes there will take care of ALL that traffic congestion!

cms96: Posted: May 2, 2014 9:18 p.m.

I have argued about the growth for years now. Much to quick for this city.
I also think that the city is in over its heads. Sort of like taking from Peter to pay Paul. That would only explain the bonehead decisions they are
making with development and city leases. Basically they need the money to keep their heads above water.

philellis: Posted: May 2, 2014 8:18 a.m.

If the City grows solely because its boundaries are increased, is there actually any real growth?

NotSoAwesomeTown: Posted: May 2, 2014 9:16 a.m.

I wouldn't worry - 3500 of the 4000 are petition blockers, and will be gone soon.

chefgirl358: Posted: May 2, 2014 10:00 a.m.

Yep, this is not something to celebrate. We don't have the resources, namely water, for this level of growth.

EgbertSouse4U: Posted: May 2, 2014 11:37 a.m.

Who's going to tell the new residents they can't have any water?

philellis: Posted: May 2, 2014 11:46 a.m.

Boundary changes increased the total - not new residences. These folks used water before the boundaries were changed.

stray: Posted: May 2, 2014 3:03 p.m.

Santa Clarita grew just like other cities in SoCal...

California's population continued ascending last year, adding 1,000 residents EACH DAY in 2013 to bring the number of people in the nation's largest state to 38.3 million. Los Angeles County topped the 10-million mark following 0.8% growth, and the city of Los Angeles neared 4 million people after growing by more than 38,000 people.,0,3008873.story#ixzz30b8OLXTp

Who should I thank for this population growth ???

astroak: Posted: May 3, 2014 5:58 p.m.

to the city council meetings!

IamNewHere: Posted: May 3, 2014 7:39 p.m.

Year over year, its ~2%. Not significant growth at all. But, I am one of the 4,000 so I am biased. Thanks for the water. --edited.

SingleMomOfOne: Posted: May 6, 2014 9:52 p.m.

Nice...more idiots driving on the road, using water and generally expecting services the county cant provide...

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