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Alhambra named one of the top 25 places to live in the U.S., top 5 in California

Alhambra was named one of the top 100 best places to live in the United States by Livability.com, a website that ranked quality of life in small and mid-sized cities. Coming in at number 21, Alhambra was also among the top five California cities to rank nationally, behind Palo Alto (1st), Berkeley (3rd), Santa Clara (15th), and Pasadena (20th). Alhambra and Pasadena were the only San Gabriel Valley cities to make the list.

Livability.com ranks Alhambra #21

Livibility.com teamed up with think tank Martin Prosperity Institute and market research firm Ipsos Public Affairs to rank cities with populations between 20,000 and 350,000 based on eight categories: economics, housing, amenities, infrastructure, demographics, social and civic capital, education, and health care. The group conducted resident surveys and collected data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Walk Score, GreatSchools, and other sources. 

Alhambra received a 619 out of 1,000, scoring particularly high in health care, education, and demographics.

"Alhambra, 'Gateway to the San Gabriel Valley,' is a city whose diversity has given rise to a lively mix of international restaurants and markets, businesses and events. It is also home to a highly successful Asian business district along Valley Boulevard," says the city's Livability page. "Downtown Alhambra  – a.k.a. 'Mosaic on Main' – showcases the rich mix of cultures with an array of eateries, entertainment and shopping. Parks and recreation, excellent schools, charming neighborhoods and active nightlife round out Alhambra’s attractions."

The categories used to rank the cities were based on resident surveys that identified issues that affect quality of life. The scores were based on the following factors:

  • Economics: Cost of living, income growth, and employment
  • Housing: Cost and affordability, age of housing, percentage of housing that was occupied, and ratio of owners to renters 
  • Amenities: Climate, parks, and arts and culture
  • Infrastructure: Walkability, transportation costs and affordability, and access to major airports
  • Demographics: Diversity of age, race, income, and education levels
  • Social and civic capitalCrime, voter participation, and community activities
  • EducationPublic schools, colleges and universities, and education levels of adults
  • Health care: Hospital presence and amount spent on health care

Read about the full methodology or check out the entire list.

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7 thoughts on “Alhambra named one of the top 25 places to live in the U.S., top 5 in California”

  1. Irvine homes are too expensive if you add community HOA and Melo Roos’s fees. How can you claim the safest city the US when everything closed at 8pm, even the gas stations.

  2. I cannot believe my eyes! Irvine is way below Alhambra!!?? What kind of standard is that?

    1. Jim, pay attention to the metrics they used.

    2. Because Alhambra is a very diversified city. That was one of the criteria to be in the top 25. Irvine along with many other Orange County Cities are too white! lol.

  3. Hooray, glad to read that we live in a top 25 city, hopefully we can break the “top 10” next time

  4. Confirms what many of us who live here already knew. I have lived in many cities in my life, but there is something about this city that makes it special.

  5. This is great news! Being at the top quarter among so many other cities in the nation is no easy task. Keep it up Alhambra!

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