Valencia is part of the City of Santa Clarita in the U.S. state of California and is situated between the San Gabriel Mountains and the Santa Susana Mountains about 55 kilometers north of downtown Los Angeles. Valencia is part of the Los Angeles County and is connected via Interstate 5 to the motorway network of Los Angeles. In the 1960s, Valencia was designed by the Austrian city planner Victor Gruen on behalf of the Newhall Land and Farming Company on the drawing board. Today, about 50,000 people live in the ever-expanding city, which also provides approximately 50,000 jobs.
The town consists of a mixture of apartment buildings, office buildings, industrial plants, shopping malls, and especially single-family homes. Valencia is divided into different villages, almost every village has its own schools, local shops and a so-called club house with a swimming pool, playgrounds and barbecue grills. The individual residential areas are connected within and among themselves with so-called paseos ( fortified walkways ). This pedestrian network ( 40 km ) is not leaning to the road network, but through scenic areas, streets are crossed by bridges. About 30 percent of the city are open spaces. Property owners in Valencia to pay a special tax to fund the care.
The majority of the population belongs to the white middle class, which estimates the location due to the prestigious public schools and low crime rate.
In Valencia there are two colleges, the College of the Canyons and California Institute of the Arts, as well as the amusement park Six Flags Magic Mountain.