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Alhambra named one of top 20 cities in California to raise a family

Alhambra is one of the top 20 cities in California to raise a young family, according to NerdWallet. The financial consumer advocacy website ranked California cities by public school ratings, cost of homeownership, and economic growth. Alhambra came in 12th overall and fourth in the Los Angeles area following Irvine, Lake Forest, and Redlands.

NerdWallet ranked California's 482 cities based on data from the U.S. Census and GreatSchools, a non-profit that rates schools based on standardized test scores. A higher score was assigned to cities with high performing schools, low median home values and monthly home costs, and high median household incomes and income growth.

Alhambra was also named in October one of the top 100 best places to live in the U.S. by Livability.coma website that ranked quality of life in small and mid-sized cities based on economics, housing, amenities, infrastructure, demographics, social and civic capital, education, and health care. Coming in 21st nationwide and fifth in California, Alhambra scored particularly high in health care, education, and demographics.

Do you agree that Alhambra is one of the top places to live and raise a young family? Let us know in the comments below.

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3 thoughts on “Alhambra named one of top 20 cities in California to raise a family”

  1. I don’t agree that Alhambra is one of the top places to live. Whoever decided that Alhambra should be in the top twenty obviously doesn’t live here. The city continues to congest our streets by allowing a explosion of condo/apartment buildings to be built. Areas which once had beautiful well kept homes are becoming a collection of unkempt homes with dried up and overgrown lawns. I challenge anyone to take a walk through Alhambra streets and see the amount of trash on our streets and sidewalks. Bulk items left out on the curb for days and sometimes weeks is now commonplace. The city has an obligation to step in and enforce the city codes on the books but that doesn’t seem to be happening. They fail to see to address that which makes a city desirable and charming. If city officials want to keep this city from becoming a bigger eye sore it best step up and take some action.

  2. No, I don’t think we belong in the top 20. Our schools, while not performing terrible, aren’t all that good. The city isn’t pedestrian friendly. Our parks especially Alhambra park needs improvement like putting the baskets on the backboards, fixing the fences at the tennis courts, and fix and operate the swimming pool. Main street looks boring and has too many vacant lots. There’s a lot of graffiti and etchings on business windows. Too many homes with bars on their windows. Too many cars speeding on streets with 30mph speed limits and yet they go too slow on streets that have a 40mph speed limit. This city is too crowded due to more condos and apartments. These buildings ruin the curb appeal of the city.

    1. I do think that Parks and Recreation needs to do a much better job. In Almansor Park, many lights have not been working for months, faucets in the restrooms are leaking, urinal flushing is not working, …. One thing I like though is the library, which, unlike county libraries, is still a quiet place to read books, not a playground or a chatroom.