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Recreation

Recreation

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Torrance offers a variety of activities year-round for those of all ages and interests. There are 33 public parks in the city, some with barbecue areas and sports fields, the Madrona Nature Center, and a library offering events of all of the arts. The Attic-A teen center in Torrance provides a place for those attending Torrance as well as 6 other high schools to hang out and participate in events such as pool tournaments, movie nights and ski/snowboard excursions. The city also sponsors youth and adult sports leagues, classes including dance of many types, acting, art, swimming and fitness, as well as clubs including martial arts training in Aikido, Naginata, and Judo, Kendo and fencing, dog obedience, and artist’s and craftsmen’s guilds. These are just what the city sponsors; there are also museums, bowling alleys, dance studios, and more entertainment throughout Torrance.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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Statistics from 2010 list the employment potential in Torrance to be 108,414, with residents occupying only 67,117 of them. There are a great amount of jobs in this area in California, which may cause residents to travel. However, there are large industrial corporations located in Torrance providing many jobs for different qualifications and requirements. Two of the three largest Japanese automakers are located in Torrance: Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A, and American Honda Motor Company. Robinson Helicopters and Honeywell, one of the largest automobile engine contributors as well as engineering and aerospace system servicers, are also located in Torrance. These four companies provide around 8,000 jobs alone, and there is countless more retail and service industry within the city. The unemployment rate in Torrance, as of 2010, was 4.5%, which is considerably lower than the state as well as national average. There are a great number of employment services in Torrance, Adecco, which can be reached at (310)792-8866, is the most highly recommended by Torrance residents.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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When compared to seven surrounding cities, Redondo Beach was right in the middle concerning rental rates, holding a median rent of $1,586. On average, studio apartment rates begin at around $1,300/month, with one bedrooms reaching $1,900/month. Two bedroom apartments rent for an average of $2,300 monthly, and three bedrooms could go up to around $2,400 per month. Money Magazine ranked Redondo one of the most expensive places to live in the country, and between 1999 and 2005, real estate prices were said to have raised 20% each year. These figures relate more to home ownership, but represent the economic environment of the community as it relates to residents.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Redondo beach offers many activities and events throughout the year, from holiday celebrations to artistic showcases. For the holiday seasons, Redondo Beach sponsors a Christmas boat parade and holiday stroll, Easter in the park, Veteran’s and Memorial Day ceremonies, and a 5K walk/run for St.Patrick’s Day, 4th of July, and of course on the holiday of Super Bowl Sunday. This represents the desire to promote an active lifestyle, as does the regular triathlons, bike tours, and health fairs the city organizes. There are also concerts and film festivals in the park, Riviera Village summer festival, lobster festival, farmer’s markets, and fido and friends dog celebration. Indoors, Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center holds performances year round. Information on everything Redondo Beach can be found at redondo.org.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Manhattan Beach has plenty to offer in terms of nightlife. There are over 30 bars in the city, catering to most occasions. However, there are more relaxed places to grab a drink than loud dance clubs. The Side Door is a small lounge with full bar and a dj that does play dance music, but there is no floor to do so. The Vintage Shoppe is a lovely wine only bar, with a large and appropriately decorated dining room. Vintage is only open until 8pm on weekends, but is great for a relaxing couple of glasses of wine in the evening. The majority of bars in Manhattan Beach are sports bars, many of which would be considered dive bars. Grunions has a full bar, while the Hangar Inn serves only beer and wine. Otherwise, they are similar; plenty of tvs, jukeboxes, and darts. The Hangar is recognizable by the mock plane crashing into the roof, a nice touch. There are many of the sort in Manhattan Beach, and for a big night out to get dressed up for, there are many surrounding cities offering just that.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Based on statistics from 2010, the population of Manhattan Beach is 35,135. This creates a population density of 8,915 people per square mile. Of that, 85% are white, 9% Asian, 1% African American, 5% claiming two or more races, and 1% identified as other. 14,038 households were reported in the same year, with 54% containing married couples and 26% individuals. The ratio males to females is exactly 50/50. The majority of residents in Manhattan Beach are adults over 25, with 30% between 45 and 64, and 27% between 25 and 44 years. 25% of the population is under 18 years, 13% were senior citizens over 65 years, and 5% were between 18 and 24. 67% of housing units were occupied by owners, leaving 33% designated for renters. The median household income reported in 2010 was $131,456, with only around 4% unemployed; both statistics are economically positive.

 
Weather

Weather

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Based on a weather index where 100 represents the most desirable climate in the country, Gardena was given a score of 199. This score is based on temperature, precipitation, and instances of severe weather. The risk of tornadoes is much higher in Gardena than in the rest of California and most of the country. Hurricane risks though, are almost nonexistent, and the risk of hail actually is, at a 0% chance. On average, the lowest annual temperature, which occurs in January, is around 46 degrees, while the high, in August, reaches 78 degrees. Gardena sees around 13 inches of precipitation, with 11 of those inches coming between December and March.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Gardena is served exclusively by the Gardena Municipal Bus Lines. There are 6 lines (1,1x,2-5), which provide service in Gardena, as well as a few small cities, some of which provide train service into Los Angeles. Recently the city acquired a fleet of hybrid busses to lower emissions and avoid raising passenger fares according to the rising gas prices. Schedules and maps for the Gardenia Bus Lines can be found at ci.gardena.ca.us.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Hawthorne has plenty of options for dining out. Being in Los Angeles county, and in California in general, there are a great number of Mexican restaurants. Some of the best are Zacatecas and Licha’s. Indian restaurants are also popular in this area, with Al Watan Halal and India’s Tadoori being two of the most popular. If you’re looking for an upscale dining experience, Matisse is a beautiful American bistro, located inside the Ayre hotel. For a quick bite, Mr.Piggles is a unique diner style burger joint. There are over 200 restaurants within the 6 square-feet that is Hawthorne.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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Hawthorne is an extremely renter friendly city. It is made up of 68% renters, 29% owners, a statistic that completely backwards and then some compared to national averages, and is also contrary to California averages. Of 29,172 housing units in Hawthorne, 19,882 are reserved for renters. Rental rates are relatively inexpensive in this city as well; when compared to seven surrounding cities, there were only two with lower averages than Hawthorne, and the difference was marginal. Studio apartments rent for under $800/month, with one bedrooms remaining under $1,000 monthly, and two bedrooms reaching around $1,200/month.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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Employment potential in Compton was listed in 2010 as 60,785, with only 27,120 positions filled. The unemployment rate in this city, in the same year, was 12%; double the national as well as state average. However, Compton has recently been referred to as a. “Entrepreneurial Hot Spot” by Cognetics, Inc., an independent economic research firm, when it made the list of best places in the country to start and grow a business. Compton’s Planning and Economic Development Department offers assistance programs for business owners, contributing and organizing various resources in order to build the city in terms of both reputation and stability. There are several headquarters of major retail chains in Compton, and the Alameda Corridor, which sees 25% of all waterway trades in the country, passes right through the city. In 2007, Gateway Towne Center opened, providing over 1,000 new jobs, bringing in business from other cities, and escalating the city’s tax revenue by 30%. There are many industries of all types in Compton, and economically it is becoming stronger and consistently offering more opportunity.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Using a crime rate index based on 100, Compton was given a score rendering it safer than 14% of all cities in the United States. This puts Compton on the list of 100 most dangerous cities in America. Property crime rates are slightly higher in Compton than in most cities in California, but is about evenly matched with the national median. A person’s chance of being a victim of property crime, such as arson and burglary, is 1 in 34. Motor vehicle theft rates, specifically, are higher in this city than most in the country. Violent crimes occur at a rate in Compton that is more than 3 times both the national and state average. A person’s chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime in this city are about 1 in 72. In particular, rates of homicide are higher here than in most cities in the country. However, between 2005 and 2010, homicide rates decreased by 67%. The city is making an effort to adjust its reputation for violence and corruption. The Compton Police Department was disbanded on suspicion of corruption, and the city is now served by the LA County Sheriff’s Department. The department has initiated plans such as the Gifts for Guns initiative, through which residents were paid for turning in guns to authorities. Crimes of any sort occur at a rate of 1 in 23, but rates are expected to continue to lessen.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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Venice is served by the Los Angeles Unified School District. Although LAUSD has a reputation for large classes and high dropout rates, Venice Schools do not represent those notions as many of the others in the district do. This may be due to it being among the wealthiest neighborhoods in the area, allowing students to remain in Venice rather than being zoned to surrounding neighborhoods. There are four elementary schools serving Venice: Coeur d’Alene Avenue, Westminster Avenue, Sort Avenue and Broadway Elementary Schools. Students then move on to Mark Twain Middle School, and then to Venice High School. Saint Mark Elementary and First Lutheran School of Venice are private religious elementary schools located in Venice.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Venice has the highest rental rates of any Los Angeles neighborhood. This is not surprising considering most properties are no more than two blocks from the beach. Venice is also one of the most wealthy neighborhoods in the city, with an abundance of tourist attractions and other economic opportunities. Studio apartments in Venice start, on average, for around $1,500.month. One bedroom apartments rent for around $3,000/month, two bedrooms for $5,200/month, and three bedrooms typically exceed $7,000 monthly. Rentals in Venice include small beach houses as well as low and high rise apartment complexes.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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The Santa Monica Pier is a hub for local events. The city is dedicated to the enjoyment of its’ residents, as well as the arts. They sponsor art exhibits, concert series, poetry readings, jazz nights, movie screenings as well as a regular Fashion’s Night Out event, where residents are encouraged to strut their stuff for a mock paparazzi while designers debut new lines in local stores. There are regular wine and cheese tastings, farmer’s and antique markets, and twighlight dance nights. All or many of these events are likely to happen in the span of a week in Santa Monica. Upcoming events can be found at santamonica.com, as well as attractions and local community information.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Using an index of 100 to represent the safest communities in the country, Santa Monica was given a score of 15, meaning it is safer than 15% of American cities. Santa Monica’s rate of violent crimes, such as assault and armed robbery, is exactly matched with the entire California average. Each are slightly higher than the national average, producing a risk of 1 in 226 of becoming a victim of violence in Santa Monica. Property crime rates, however, are considerably higher in Santa Monica than California’s average as well as the average of the United States. This rate refers to crimes such as theft and arson. A person’s chance of becoming a victim of property crime in this city is 1 in 28. This puts Santa Monica at a higher than average crime rate, leaving a person at a 1 in 25 risk of being victimized by a crime of any sort in Santa Monica.

 
Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

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North Hollywood has a fantastic amount of pet friendly apartments. From one bedrooms to five, in all price ranges and areas of the district. If you have a small dog or cat, there are more options available to you of course. However, there are plenty of homes for canines of all sizes and breeds. North Hollywood has been referred to as NoHo, a reference to the SoHo district in New York and a nod to the casual environment that makes it a perfect location for dog walking. The entire community, including the rental market, is extremely pet friendly in North Hollywood.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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North Hollywood has recently become somewhat of a hub of local transportation. In 2000, a subway station was finally constructed to become the northern terminal of the Red Line. Although environmentalists fought it, the North Hollywood Metro Subway Station now travels to Universal City with many stops between. The Metro Orange Line bus also stops in North Hollywood, and is more heavily travelled than the subway. The two stations are located directly across the street from one another, at the intersection of Lankershim and Chandler Boulevards.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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The district of Sun Valley is home to three recreation facilities. The Sun Valley, Fernangeles, and historic site of Stonehurst Recreation Center all have lighted outdoor baseball diamonds, football fields, basketball courts, soccer fields, children’s play areas and picnic tables. Fernangeles also has an outdoor barbecue pit and indoor gym. The Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants is a local attraction, a native plant nursery filled with picturesque horticulture as well as an art gallery, hiking trails, and picnic area.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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Sun Valley is served by the Los Angeles Unified School District. Seven elementary schools serve the community, four of which are located in Sun Valley (Fernangeles, Glenwood, Roscoe, and Vinedale Elementary schools), two in North Hollywood (Strathern and Camellia), and one in Shadow Hills (Stonehurst Avenue Elementary). Sun Valley and Byrd Middle Schools are both in Sun Valley, and serve all residential students. As of 2009, Sun Valley High School serves most high school students in grades 9,10, and 11. However, John H. Francis Polytechnic serves much of the community’s students, and East Valley High School also accepts students based on their location within the area. Robert H. Lewis Continuation High School is located on the Polytechnic High School campus, and is available to students at a high risk of not graduating. Village Christian School and Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic School are also private religious schools available to Sun Valley students.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Studio City has an abundance of options when considering nightlife. For whatever type of evening you are looking for, there is an option. Although this is simply a neighborhood, it operates as a large, flourishing city. If you’re looking for a night out of dancing, Oil Can Harry’s is very popular, as is Mama Juana’s Latin Lounge, and R Lounge, which offers live music often. All have full bars, dance floors, and are open until 2am. Mare’ka is a very original local bar, offering unique organic cocktails. Kaffe Rouge is a hookah lounge with a wine and beer bar, and Maeve’s Residuals is a sports/dive bar; both are relaxed places to grab a drink. There are many options otherwise within the Studio City community, and hundreds more within the city of Los Angeles.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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The ratio of renters to owners in the United States, on average, is 30% to 63% respectively. In Los Angeles County, the ratio is 50% renter to 46% owner. In the community of Studio City in Los Angeles, housing consists of 69% renters, 31% owners, rendering it extremely renter friendly. Although Studio City rental rates are higher than most neighborhoods in Los Angeles, it represents a clear case of getting what you pay for, in terms of convenience and quality of life in general.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Valley Village has a total population of 27,439. Being a relatively non-diverse area, the population consists of 74% white, 5% each Asian and African American, 6% claiming two or more races, and 9% identifying as other. The majority of residents are adults above 25, with 31% of residents are between 40 and 64 years, 29% from 25 to 39, 13% 65 years and older. 12% are between 7 and 18 years, 8% is under 6 years, and 7% are young adults between 18 and 24 years old. The male to female ratio is relatively even, at 52% to 48% respectively. 40% of residents in Valley Village are individuals living alone, 37% are married couples, 17% of whom have children. The unemployment rate in Valley Village is 5%, while 31% are discounted from the labor force, and 63% are employed.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Travel in and out of Valley Village is very easy, as the community is bordered on two sides by major California highways, and has a major local road as a third border. The Ventura Freeway is the southernmost point of Valley Village, as well as the principal east to west route in Ventura and Los Angeles counties, running from Ventura to Pasadena with connections to interstate highways. The eastern border of Valley Village is the Hollywood Freeway, which is the principal north to south highway in the area, and is one of the busiest highways in the United States. Burbank Boulevard makes up the northern border of the community, and is major road throughout the Los Angeles area.

 
Weather

Weather

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Using a weather index where 100 represents the most desirable climate, Arcadia was given a score of 199. This index takes into account temperatures, precipitation, and instances of extreme weather. Where 100 represents likelihood of hail, Arcadia was given a 2, hurricanes garnered a likelihood of 3, and tornadoes, although higher, was below the average with a 48. Arcadia receives around 17 inches of precipitation annually, with 13 of those inches accumulating between December and March. The annual low temperature averages around 44 degrees, in January, while the high occurs in August, reaching 90 degrees. In the months between the extremes, temperatures remain in the 60’s and 70’s, comfortable and mild.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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According to statistics from 2010, the unemployment rate in Arcadia was under 5%. Both national and California averages are above 7%. A large part of the continued strength in Arcadia’s economy is the Santa Anita Racetrack, which supplies much of the revenue spent on the city and has managed to keep Arcadia relatively debtless. Also in 2010, the employment potential in the city of Arcadia was reported to be 43,236, with only 24,365 jobs taken. Many retail chains, including predominantly Vons grocery stores, provide hundreds of jobs in Arcadia. There are 5 employment agencies in Arcadia, including Time To Hire (timetohire.com). Due to these opportunities, the median household income in Arcadia was $97,024, with only 3% of the population below the poverty line, both figures represent positive economic standing.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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When compared to seven surrounding cities, Sherman Oaks fell right in the middle concerning rental rates in Los Angeles communities. On average, a studio apartment in Sherman Oaks rents for around $1,200 monthly. One bedroom apartments cost escalate to around $1,400, two bedrooms for $1,800, and three bedrooms run upwards of $3,000 monthly. The district’s housing is a mix of high-rise apartment buildings and condominiums to small one story houses and privately owned apartments. This pricing is relative to the highly developed area; the less expensive neighborhoods tend to offer less convenience concerning public transportation and nearby job opportunities. Panorama City and North Hills are both communities of similar size in Los Angeles with lower rental rates, and could be worth looking into depending on your requirements.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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There is plenty to do in Sherman Oaks before you need to venture out to the rest of Los Angeles. Ultra Zone is an arcade for all ages. There are typical arcade games, as well as laser tag a large banquet room, and it’s open until midnight on the weekends for the big kids. There are 3 movie theaters in Sherman Oaks, as well as the Van Eaton art gallery for your viewing pleasure. The gallery houses animation art, from Hollywood cartoon productions. If you have aspirations in any sort of entertainment, there are plenty of venues for lessons, including numerous acting, singing, and dancing workshops. Act Now is a popular destination in this area, with casting directors often on hand. The Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Park is located in Sherman Oaks, and contains eight baseball diamonds (2 lighted, 6 unlighted), lighted outdoor basketball, football, and tennis courts as well as picnic tables. Inside is an auditorium, basketball court, 60 person community room, children’s play area, and a gym. A senior citizen center as well as the Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Pool, which is seasonal and heated, are in the same location. Sherman Oaks Castle Park is also located within the neighborhood limits, which has batting cages, mini-golf and an arcade. So much to do within 8 square miles!

 
Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

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If you’re a pet owner considering relocating to Van Nuys, you can feel confident that you will find something to suit you and your furry friend. Options are, of course, more limited for those with large dogs. San Regis apartments accepts most dogs, but it is based on approval and number of animals, as they do accept multiple pets. This complex have various bed and bath options, as well as many amenities. If you have a dog that would be considered small, or a cat, you can really rest easy. There are plenty of complexes in Van Nuys accepting all pets on the small side. Some have restrictions such as neutering, additional monthly fees or one time deposits. To see your options, what each has to offer, and what their requirements are, search Van Nuys, select ‘advanced options’, and select the appropriate pet modifier.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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For a small part of a big city, Van Nuys offers a big selection for dining out. All options are moderately priced, at no more than $30 per person per meal with drink, tax, and tip. That being said, you get what you pay for. There are some excellent eats, but if you’re celebrating and looking for a five-star meal, you may need to travel, perhaps to another neighborhood in the same city. Being that this is Los Angeles, there is no shortage of Mexican restaurants. Some of the most popular are Taqueria Don Adrian and Mariscos Corona, but don’t stop there, there are about 30 to choose from. Probably the most upscale and appropriate for a nice date or special occasion is Kinnara Thai. Mom’s BBQ House is worth checking out for a unique local homestyle meal for under $10. The 94th Aero Squad Restaurant is also worth checking out, and can be a great experience even just at the bar, as you are able to watch airplanes take off out the windows. There is so much food to experience in Van Nuys!

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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There is not a great amount of nightlife in Pacoima, but considering it is one neighborhood in a bustling city, there is plenty to keep you from having to travel on those nights you’d rather not. Lollipop’s Cantina is easily the most popular. It has a full bar, is great for dancing, occasionally has live bands, and is open until 5am on weekends. El Nuevo Michoacano would be condsiered a “dive” bar, where locals can grab a beer after work and be a bit more relaxed than at Lollipops. Bienvenidos Billares, Playa Azul and the Sylmar Family Pool Hall are all also located in Pacoima. Each have limited bars, serving only beer and wine, but can provide some entertainment in Pacoima for sure. This is the full extent of Pacoima nightlife options. If nothing here sparks your interest, there are countless other options in the rest of Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley area.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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Pacoima is served by the Los Angeles Unified School District. Within the Los Angeles neighborhood, students are designated to schools in their area according to zoning boundaries and guidelines. There are six elementary schools that serve Pacoima students: Hillary T. Broadus, Coughlin, Haddon, Pacoima, and Telfair Schools are in Pacoima, and Sharplin School in Arlets also operates within zoning requirements to accept Pacoima students. Pacoima and Charles Maclay Middle Schools serve and are located within Pacoima’s boundaries. There are no high schools within Pacoima, but Arleta High School in Arleta, San Fernando High School in San Fernando, and Sun Valley High School in Sun Valley all serve Pacoima high school students according to area. There are also three independent charter schools serving the area: Discovery Charter Preparatory School, Bert Corona Charter School and Vaughn International Studies Academy. Vaughn is an important addition, due to the large amount of students from other countries residing in Pacoima; in 1994, 75% of the students in Pacoima spoke English as a second language. The Guardian Angel and Mary Immaculate Catholic Schools serve students through eighth grade, and are operated by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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Panorama City is served by the Los Angeles Unified School District, which is the largest school district in California and the second largest in the country. The LA neighborhood is served by six public elementary schools, designated by zoning area. Vista Middle School opened in 2004, and Panorama High School in 2006. Prior to that, all students were sent to neighboring areas after elementary school. St.Genevieve Elementary (serving K-8), and St.Genevieve High School (grades 9-12) are private institutions located in Panorama City. Kaplan College has a campus in Panorama City as well, which is a national, 4-year career college.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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When compared to seven surrounding neighborhoods, Panorama City proved to have the lowest rental rates in the area. Studio apartments typically start at around $800/month, one bedrooms for $900/month, two bedrooms for $1,100, and three bedrooms for as low as $1,200. Considering Panorama City is a planned community with plenty of industry located within Los Angeles, these are excellent rates. The city is made up of small homes and apartment buildings, and is comprised of around 65% renters. Considering cost and availability, this is a great neighborhood for renters.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Based on a crime rate index where 100 represents the safest cities in the country, El Monte was given a score of 28, meaning that it is safer than 28% of all cities in the United States. However, when compared to just cities of proportionate size and population, El Monte proved to have a lower crime rate than most. Rates of violent crimes such as assault or robbery are slightly higher than California averages, and considerably higher than national averages, leaving residents at a risk of 1 in 187 for being victimized by violent crime. Property crimes such as theft and larceny are lower than state and national averages, producing a risk of 1 in 43. Although this is a lower risk than most areas, motor vehicle theft in particular is higher in El Monte, as well as all of Los Angeles county, than most areas in the United States. A person’s risk of becoming a victim of a crime of any sort in El Monte is 1 in 35.

 
Section 8 & Affordable

Section 8 & Affordable

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The Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles offers Section 8 to qualified residents of El Monte. The county’s website, lacdc.org provides contact information, county plans for Section 8 and other assitance programs, job opportunities and apartment listings. MyApartmentMap offers Section 8 specific searching, in the ‘advanced options’ area. Once you have addressed the necessary income and application requirements, we can work with you to find you a Section 8 approved home in El Monte.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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The Monrovia Transit van service is the main, and essentially only, source of public transportation in Monrovia. It is a dial-a-ride service, through which you must make a reservation from up to a week or just a few hours in advance. The fleet that makes up the Monrovia Transit consists of 4 18-seat large vans, 3 medium 10-seat vans, and 2 minivans which each seat 6 passengers. The vans stop at frequent destinations such as hospitals, medical offices, and retail stores, and take requests in Monrovia as well as Bradbury and certain destinations in Los Angeles County. Monrovia Transit can also connect you to larger public transportation venues, such as LA Metro bus and rail stations and Foothill Transit bus stops.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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Statistics from the 2010 Census revealed that the employment potential in Monrovia was 27,741, with only 16,818 of those opportunities filled. 81% of the jobs listed are considered white collar, leaving 19% blue collar. Monrovia has an area known as Technology Corridor, which is home to many large industrial, mechanical and scientific corporations including AeroVironment and ITT Deep Space Division, two of the areas largest contributors to employment in the area. The unemployment rate in Monrovia is 7.6%, just above national averages, and almost exactly equal to California averages for all cities. There is a Labor Ready employment service located within Monrovia. There is plenty of industry in Monrovia, of all sorts, and considering the medial population density, opportunities are not scarce.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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Statistics from the 2010 Census revealed that the employment potential in Monrovia was 27,741, with only 16,818 of those opportunities filled. 81% of the jobs listed are considered white collar, leaving 19% blue collar. Monrovia has an area known as Technology Corridor, which is home to many large industrial, mechanical and scientific corporations including AeroVironment and ITT Deep Space Division, two of the areas largest contributors to employment in the area. The unemployment rate in Monrovia is 7.6%, just above national averages, and almost exactly equal to California averages for all cities. There is a Labor Ready employment service located within Monrovia. There is plenty of industry in Monrovia, of all sorts, and considering the medial population density, opportunities are not scarce.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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The population of North Hills, as determined through 2010 Census information, was 57,055. This creates a population density in this neighborhood of 8,152 people per square mile. Of this population, 51% were reported to be white, 12% Asian, 5% African American, 1% Native American, 5% claimed two or more races, and 26% identified as other. The ratio of female to male residents is almost exactly 50/50. The largest age group in North Hills is those between 25 and 39, making up 25% of the population. This is followed in a close second by the 40-64 year olds at 24%, 7-18 year olds make up 20%, those 6 years or younger are 13% of the population, and the 19-24 year olds are tied with those 65 years and older at 9%. 54% of housing units are occupied by homeowners, while 46% rent. 57% of the community was reported by the same statistics as employed, 38% were not in the labor force, and 5% were unemployed. The majority of the population consists of married couples; 34% with children and 23% without children, and 15% are individuals living alone.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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The median rent in North Hills is $1,200 monthly. On average, a studio apartment will cost around $900/month, a one-bedroom apartment goes for around $1,000, two bedrooms for $1,350, three bedrooms will cost around $1,600. If you can find one with more, prices will go upward from there. When compared with seven surrounding neighborhoods, North Hills was more expensive than only two, putting it at a low rate for the area. It is important to know that the rental rates in this neighborhood fluctuate throughout the year; April and August have average rates $300 higher than most months of the year, including June and July. Also, different areas of this neighborhood will show different price ranges, as there is actually lots of diversity considering the small size of North Hills.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Encino provides plenty of means to enjoy the neighborhood by embracing it’s beautiful weather and scenery. The city is home to many bike paths, known as the Encino Veledrome, public boat access, two golf courses, two lakes with designated fishing areas, and five public parks, one with a skate park, one a dog park, and one with a lake in the center. There is also a sporting complex for organized recreation activities as well as open gym time, a community center, and a Japanese horticulture garden which offers tours and party rentals. Encino also holds annual events such as the Taste of Encino street fair, as well as various mixers and celebrations. All details for this information as well as additional recreation and events can be found at encinochamber.org.

 
Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

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Encino does have various options for those relocating with their pets. However, those with large dogs have fewer options. Regency at Encino apartments allow cats and dogs of all sizes, but does have breed requirements. It is an upscale complex with lots of amenities, and offers apartments for many different bed and bathroom requirements. You must call to see if your pooch makes the cut. As for those with smaller dogs or cats, there are numerous options. MyApartmentMap lists current available apartments, and by clicking ‘show advanced options’ and selecting the modifier relative to your pet, you can see what is available today.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Considering dining out in Sylmar, the one place you must be aware of is Buffalo Bill’s Mercantile. It is a family-owned barbecue/coffee/art place, a (small) house converted into a restaurant. It is a must-see, even for vegan/vegetarians as this bbq rib joint has an appropriate section on the menu. The second thing to be aware of is that in the neighborhoods of Los Angeles, there are an abundance of Mexican restaurants. Las Lomas, Los Equipales, and Casa Torres (because of the Mariachi band) are the top three to visit. However, there are around 50 in the area, so you can have fun exploring. The most upscale restaurant in Sylmar is Dome Pochana. It is a Thai restaurant, sporting cloth napkins and fine china while maintaining some of the lowest prices in town. There is not much variety in Sylmar, but there is plenty to choose from.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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As Sylmar is part of the city of Los Angeles, it is served by the Los Angeles Unified School District. There are nine public elementary schools serving Sylmar, and are assigned according to zoning areas. Most students continue on to Olive Vista Middle School, then Sylmar High School. However, based on zone designations, some are enrolled in San Fernando Middle School and San Fernando High School, in San Fernando. PUC is a charter school operator for the greater LA area, and offers admissions to Sylmar students at Triumph Charter Academy (grades 7-8), and Triumph Charter High School (grades 9-12). There are nine private schools serving Sylmar, including 1 preschool, 1 high school, and 1 junior/senior high school. Los Angeles Mission College is a two-year community college located in Sylmar.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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The ratio of renters to owners in Baldwin Park is 38% to 61% respectively. This is a rate higher in renters than the average of United States cities, and about equal to all California cities, and accounts for a almost 7,000 housing units. The median rent in Baldwin Park is $1,100/monthly, with one bedrooms typically renting for $1,000/month, and two bedrooms for $1,200/month. When compared to surrounding cities, especially in Los Angeles county, the rental rates in this city proved to be very low. Low costs, apartment availability and plenty of industry in the area make Baldwin Park a very renter friendly city.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Using a crime rate index where 100 represents the safest cities in the country, Baldwin Park was given a score of 30, meaning it is safer than 30% of all United States cities. Although this is not a particularly positive score, it represents a crime rate lower than California’s average, as well as the national median for both violent and property crimes, although the difference is marginal. A person’s chances of becoming a victim of a violent crime (assault, rape, etc.) is 1 in 293. More substantial to the low rating is the property crime rate (theft, burglary, etc.), which leaves residents at a risk of 1 in 42. Most relevant is the rate of automobile theft in Baldwin Park, which is one of the highest rates in the country at 1in 148. A person’s chance of becoming a victim of crime of any sort in Baldwin Park is 1 in 37.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Woodland Hills nightlife consists of a variety of pubs, sports bars, and pool halls. The Dirty Bull and The Rack are popular sports bars, each complete with a full bar, darts, and pool tables. The Rack occasionally has live music, and the Bull has a dance floor. The White Harte Public House and the Pickwick Pub are both British pubs complete with fish and chips, excellent Guinness pours, and live music. Cafe Fiore and Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar are both popular lounges and great for a few cocktails, however both are restaurant bars which close around 11pm. There are a few more “dive” bars around Woodland Hills, but these are the most popular and guarantee a good time.

 
Weather

Weather

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The climate in Woodland Hills would be best described as Mediterranean; it is very hot and dry in the summers and cool and rainy in the winter months. This is typical for most valley areas, with more rain in the hills than the valley. Accordingly, the precipitation ranges from 17 to 23 inches annually. In 2006 Woodland Hills recorded the highest temperature ever in Los Angeles county, 119 degrees. Although this was a slight aberration, high temperatures can be expected throughout the summer months. Low temperatures in the winter months can also be expected, as it has been known to drop below freezing during winter nights. Throughout the spring and fall months, milder temperatures are regular (60’s-70’s), typically more warm than cool.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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The North County Transit District (NCTD) provides bus and train service to Escondido. The Escondido Transit Center is a hub of area bus transport, connecting to San Diego Metropolitan Transit System and Riverside Transit Agency. The Sprinter light rail serves the area, running along the 22 miles of the San Diego Northern Railroad located in Escondido. The Sprinter travels to the Oceanside Transit Center, where it offers connections to three commuter rails as well as Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner regional rail line.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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Escondido is served by 3 school districts: Escondido Union School District, Escondido Union High School District, and San Pasqual Union School District. The city is home to nineteen elementary, five middle, and seven high schools. California state rates schools on an Academic Performance Index (API), and Escondido has notably scored all over by these standards. In the 2009 school year, two elementary schools in Escondido scored above the 80th percentile for the state, and nine scored below the 20th percentile.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Nightlife in Poway is limited but absolutely enjoyable if you know what to expect. For an upscale night out with a dj and dance floor, you may need to travel outside of Poway. If you’re just looking for a place to get some drinks and hear some tunes, you can find it easily here. Poway’s Irish Pub is probably the city’s most popular bar. It stays open until 2am seven days a week, has a full bar and live bands on the weekends. The Terrace and Blue Frog’s are both bar & grill places, restaurants with bars that fill up and stay open until around 2am. Kaminski’s, Foul Play, and Pit Stop are all sports bars, and although they are all similar, consider that list a ranking one. Jimmy’z Pool Hall is also a local favorite, with more than just pool tables. Although it is attached to a bowling alley, it has a full bar, small dance floor, karaoke, and a mechanical bull. For a fun, no frills kind of night, any of these places will do.

 
Weather

Weather

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Using a weather index where 100 represents the most desirable climate, Poway was given a score of 200. These numbers are based on temperatures, instances of extreme weather, and precipitation. Although chances of hurricanes and tornadoes were higher than the California average in Poway, they remain much lower than United States averages. The average annual low is 42 degrees, in December, while the average annual high is 89 degrees. Poway receives around 14 inches of total precipitation annually. These are all extremely positive statistics.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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Although only 22% of housing units in Thousand Oaks are designated for renters, that percentage accounts for over 10,000 units. The city contains many apartment complexes as well as houses and private apartments for rent. The median rent for Thousand Oaks is $1,650/month. This is on the higher end for the area, but not among the highest. Studio apartments begin at around $1,100/month, one bedrooms for $1,200, two bedrooms for around $1,500 and upward from there. Considering its low crime rate, easily accessible public transportation and proximity to Los Angeles, it is a great location for a commuting renter.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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In 2010, statistics showed that the employment potential in Thousand Oaks was a very high 93,398, of which only 62,143 were occupied. The unemployment rate at this time was 4.3%, a percentage that is significantly lower than California as well as United States averages. Thousand Oaks was constructed as a “master planned city” by the Janss Investment Company, so its industrial opportunities were organized to match the population and provide positive results. Currently, the city is undergoing major renovations including expanding Route 23 to have 6 lanes, and revamping the shopping center to provide more stores and more jobs, as will the renovation of the entire downtown area. As Thousand Oaks is funded and planned by a large corporation, there will never be a shortage of developments nor job opportunities, and was named in 2006 Money magazine’s top 100 places to live.

 
Section 8 & Affordable

Section 8 & Affordable

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Concord offers Section 8 though the Contra Costa Housing Authority. Applications and guidelines can be found at contracostahousing.org. MyApartmentMap, as well as the authority website, list apartments that are currently available and accepting Section 8 vouchers.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Using a crime rate index where 100 represents the safest cities, Concord was given a score of 17. This represents a higher rate of crime than 82% of cities in California. Concerning violent crimes such as assault and rape, Concord had a marginally higher rate than most of California, which is significantly higher than the United States average. A person’s chance of being victimized by violent crime in Concord is 1 in 218. Concerning property crimes, such as theft and larceny, Concord’s rates were also higher than California and United States averages, leaving residents with a 1 in 30 chance of being a victim of property crime. Motor vehicle theft is higher in Concord than in most cities of all sizes and populations in the country. A person’s chance of becoming a victim of any crime in Concord is 1 in 26.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Concord is served by a few major roads and highways. Interstate 680 as well as state highways 4 and 242 have entrances in Concord. There are also major streets that pass through Concord and into surrounding cities, including Treat Boulevard, Willow Pass Road, and Concord Avenue. There is a BART station in Concord, and the city is also served by the County Connection, but with limited service. Travel by car may be more convenient in Concord, but both options are easily accessible.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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When compared to seven surrounding cities, Concord proved to be in the mid-to-low range concerning rental costs. The median rent for the city is $1,200. Studio apartments in Concord rent for around $950/month, one bedrooms around $1,000/month, two bedrooms escalate to $1,300, and prices go upward from there. Concord is considered a commuter town for San Francisco and Oakland, and jobs within the city have increased in recent years. For this reason, the rent being higher than 3 surrounding cities is reasonable, and the lower than 4 rent makes it a more desirable location for the money.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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The City of Martinez Recreation Department sponsors many activities and events throughout the year for residents’ enjoyment. They hold holiday celebrations throughout the year, including fireworks, parades, as well as food and gift drives. The city has also come up with some of their own, including an annual Martinez Restaurant Tour, city cleanups, a fishing derby, and family shows including magic, animal, and comedy performances. The Martinez Library holds various events, including tea parties and origami lessons. Visit cityofmartinez.org, in the Departments/Recreation section, to see what’s coming up and get details on these as well as other events.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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The population of Martinez, based on information taken from the 2010 Census, was 35,824. This makes for a population density of 2,72 people per square mile. Of the population, 77% were white, 8% Asian, 4% African American, 6% identifying as other, and 4% claiming 2 or more races. 48% of the population was made up of married couples, and 28% were individuals. Of these couples and individuals, the majority were between 45 and 64 years of age, at 34%. 26% were 25-44, 20% under 18, 12% 65 years or older, and just 8% between 18 and 24 years old. For every 100 females in Martinez, there were 97 males. 67% of occupied housing units were filled by renters, leaving 33% for renters. Unemployment in Martinez was significantly lower than both California and United States averages, at 4.5%.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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There isn’t a huge selection of nightlife venues in Martinez, but there is enough to satisfy the thirst for a good time. Barrel Aged is a relaxed lounge, open until midnight, with a full bar and food menu. Roxx on Main and the Compass Star are both tapas places with full bars that are only open until 9pm, but draw a large crowd for cocktails and tunes before then. Ray’s Lounge and College Lane are both considered dive bars, boasting juke boxes and cheap beers. Cue & Brew is similar, but has many pool tables, also a full bar. Armando’s is a live music venue, providing opportunities to local artists and entertainment to the rest, with just wine and beer at the bar. If you need a dance floor type of night to get dolled up for, you may need to travel, because these are the best Martinez has to offer.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Amtrak provides numerous services to Martinez. The California Zephyr travels through Martinez daily, travelling in both directions from Emeryville to Omaha, with stops in Reno NV, Denver, CO, Salt Lake City, UT, and more. The Coast Starlight also travels through Martinez daily, providing service to areas including Los Angeles and Seattle, WA. Amtrak California runs both its Capitol Corridor and San Joaquin train lines through the Martinez station several times daily, between San Jose and Auburn, and Oakland and Bakersfield, respectively. Both lines provide optional bud transfer at various stops. There is a station called North Concord/Martinez, but it is located several miles outside of the city. The County Connection is Martinez’s main bus service provider, travelling to many BART stations in the area, while WestCat services just one in El Cerrito del Norte. The Benicia Breeze crosses the Benicia-Martinez bridge to Solano County, connecting with the Vallejo Ferry Terminal, and the Tri-Delta Transit bus provides service all over Costa Contra County.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Using a crime risk index where 100 represents the safest cities in the United States, Pittsburg was given a score of 17, proving it to be more dangerous than 81% of California cities. Crimes of violence, however, were almost half as common in Pittsburg than in California on average, at a rate of about 1 in 400. Property crime rates were higher in Pittsburg than in most of the state, occurring at a rate of about 1 in 28. The crime accounting for many of those reported is motor vehicle theft; Pittsburg has one of the highest rates in the country, leaving a resident at a risk of 1 in 111 for getting their car stolen. When compared to other cities of similar size and population, Pittsburg’s rates were average. A person’s chance of being victimized by crime of any sort in this city are about 1 in 27.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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Pittsburg is served by three school districts: Pittsburg Unified, Antioch Unified, and Mt. Diablo Unified School Districts. This includes 2 high schools: Pittsburg High School, whose marching band performed at the 2009 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC, and Riverside Continuation High School, an alternative high school for those at a higher risk of not graduating. There are 3 junior high schools (grades 7-8), and 10 elementary schools (grades K-6). For continuing education, Pittsburg has the two-year community school of Los Medanos College, as well as the Pittsburg Adult Education Center.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Pittsburg has plenty of variety when it comes to restaurants. However, if you’re looking for a five-star, dress code sort of place, you may need to travel. That being said, there are a few places you can have an upscale experience. Mehran Restaurant serves Indian and La Veranda serves Italian. Both are cloth napkin type of places, with plates around $15, ideal for a special or romantic occasion. New Mecca Cafe is the best in town for Mexican food, and EJ PHair Brewing Company is a great American pub style restaurant, both a bit more casual and less expensive, while maintaining a nice, sit-down feel. For a quick, cheap bite Plan B - A Taste of Soul is one of a kind and worth checking out for some local soul food. There are around 100 restaurants in Pittsburg, of all varieties; something for everyone.

 
Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

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There are plenty of options for those with pets looking to take them to a new home in Pittsburg. For those hanging with the big dogs, Kirker Creek and Los Prados Apartments are both complexes allowing pets of all breeds and sizes. Both have various bed and bath accommodations, as well as lots of available amenities. The options for small dog and cat owners are more numerous. All current available listings can be found by searching for Pittsburg, entering the ‘show advanced options’ area, and checking applicable pet preferences, of which there are always some in Pittsburg.

 
Section 8 & Affordable

Section 8 & Affordable

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The Housing Authority of the County of Contra Costa provides Section 8 vouchers to those who qualify. The county strives to provide the most effective programs to create affordable housing and opportunities for residents. MyApartmentMap has plenty of current listings for apartments accepting Section 8 in Antioch, which can be accessed in the ‘advanced options’ area, by checking the Section 8 modifier. The county authority’s website also offers apartment listings, as well as applications for Section 8 and various assistance programs: contracostahousing.org.

 
Weather

Weather

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Using a weather index where 100 represents the most desirable weather, Antioch was given a score of 198. Scored are based on annual temperatures, extreme weather risk, and precipitation. When 100 represented most possible risk for extreme weather, Antioch was given a 5 for hail, 4 for tornadoes, and 0 for hurricanes. These numbers are much lower than the national average, and marginally lower than California state averages. The annual average low temperature is 37 degrees, occurring in January, while the average annual high, in July, reached 90 degrees. Antioch receives around 18 inches of total precipitation throughout the year. These are all extremely desirable statistics.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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According to statistics from 2010, the employment potential in Antioch was 80,880, with only 53,079 jobs occupied. 76% of jobs in Antioch are considered white collar, with the city’s largest job contributor being Kaiser Permanente managed medical care center. Antioch Unified School District provides around 2,000 jobs, followed in numbers by Sutter Delta Medical Center. There are many retail stores providing thousands of jobs to area residents. The unemployment rate in Antioch, as recorded in the 2010 Census, was around 5.5%, which is marginally lower than California averages as well as United States totals. Opportunity Junction and Goodwill Job Training and Placement Center are both employment assistance agencies located in Antioch.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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The Antioch Recreation Department sponsors athletic and educational events throughout the year for all ages and interests. More of Antioch’s focus, however, is on the arts. The Arts and Cultural Foundation of Antioch caters to all ages, providing classes in graphic arts, sculpture, pottery, and performance. They also sponsor the Saturday Summer Concert Series, Delta Blues Festival, and Holiday De Lights. The historic El Campanil Theatre shows classic films, as well as live ballet, symphony, comedy, and dance performances. The Antioch Historical Society operates a museum in the old Riverview Union High School building. The Lynn House Gallery and Rivertown Art Center both hold exhibits and provide opportunities for local artists. The beautiful landscape of Antioch also offers lots to do; there are 31 parks in the city, covering 310 acres. The Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge houses and displays many endangered species. There is also a municipal marina and public fishing pier. More information and details can be found at antioch.ca.us.

 

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