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Old 02-04-2010, 10:45 PM
 
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Have a job offer in Palmdale near Edwards and looking for a place to live. I have a wife and daughter so low crime rate and safety are important. Been doing alot of reading on this site and pretty much everywhere in the high desert sounds like it is poverty stricken, loaded with sec 8 housing, drugs, gangs, racism (towards whites), and crime. I've heard Palmdale, and it's twin Lancaster, refered to as a cesspool from long time residents. Both cities rank in the top 3 or 4 for ca for murders and rapes. Are there any decent towns within a reasonable commute to live in around the area?
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Old 02-04-2010, 11:10 PM
 
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none that i am aware of...its horrible
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Old 02-04-2010, 11:49 PM
 
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Try going down the 14 toward the Santa Clarita area. It should at least be a reverse commute.
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Old 02-05-2010, 06:28 AM
 
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good suggestion...i should have said that.
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Old 02-05-2010, 08:14 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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The Santa Clarita area looks very doable, even the far west side at Stevenson Ranch. It will probably be 45 minutes but probably not a tough 45 - sort of scenic too. Stevenson Ranch, while a cookie cutter type place, has good schools and is pretty. Also, even though it is farther away, because you'd be take the 5 south to the 14 north, you'd be moving and not stuck at lights drilling out from extreme north Santa Clarita for example.
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Old 02-05-2010, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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Quarts Hill, Lake Elizabeth, as others have said Santa Clarita, Canyon Country.
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Old 02-05-2010, 03:23 PM
 
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Santa Clarita for sure. If you can stand the commute, Simi Valley isn't bad. I used to work with a few people that lived in Lancaster and commuted to Thousand Oaks every day.
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Old 02-05-2010, 06:11 PM
 
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I'm with the others on this one! Steer clear of Lancaster, but Quartz Hill area of Palmdale shouldn't be too bad...but it's still a CULTURAL WASTELAND! Santa Clarita is much better, and you probably want to stay within areas along the 14 Hwy. You can even take a train if you get tired of the drive or are worried about the wear and tear on your vehicle. Good luck and welcome to Los Angeles!
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Old 02-05-2010, 10:07 PM
 
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Thanks for the advice. I'm just amazed that so much of the area is so bad off. What happened to the area. I would of thought the area with the economic influence of Edwards and all of Palmdales aerospace industry would have been a more upper middle class area.

How is Ca's state income tax? Also, I've heard reference to "waite until you go to the DMV to register you vehical" is it really that bad? Is it more than 50 dollars?

It's kind of ashame; I've got a good offer, but the area sounds so bad and with all of the state of Ca's money problems I don't know if I want to live there.
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Old 02-05-2010, 11:18 PM
 
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Thanks for the advice. I'm just amazed that so much of the area is so bad off. What happened to the area. I would of thought the area with the economic influence of Edwards and all of Palmdales aerospace industry would have been a more upper middle class area.

How is Ca's state income tax? Also, I've heard reference to "waite until you go to the DMV to register you vehical" is it really that bad? Is it more than 50 dollars?

It's kind of ashame; I've got a good offer, but the area sounds so bad and with all of the state of Ca's money problems I don't know if I want to live there.
The high desert, being desert, isn't the most desirable area to live in. That contributed to it being cheap, which attracted low income people, who are often low class, which causes problems, which make the area even less desirable and thus even cheaper, repeating the cycle.

As far as registering your car, it'll probably be much more than $50 but it really depends on the original cost and age of your car. Mine is due next month and its $443.
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