Best Places To Live 2013

49. Walnut, CA

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Walnut, CA City of Walnut

Top 50 rank: 49

Population: 29,464

A diverse and affluent suburb 25 miles from L.A., Walnut combines the charms of rural living — from the fall Walnut Family Festival to summer concerts — with the benefits of a big city.

With a median price tag well over $500,000, homes are costly, but the median family income tops $100,000 and the schools are highly rated. Another highlight: Thirty miles of equestrian and hiking trails weave through the town’s rolling hills. –H.L.

Walnut, CA

Town stats

Median family income (per year) $103,053
Job growth % (2010-2012) 4.04%
Median home price (2012) $562,500
Reading test scores (% above/below average) 44.0%
Math test scores (% above/below average) 48.3%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 1
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 12

Financials

Median family income (per year) $103,053
Family purchasing power (annual, cost-of-living adjusted) $84,692
Sales tax (county) 9.00%II
State income tax rate (highest bracket) 12.30%I
State income tax rate (lowest bracket) 1.00%I
Auto insurance premiums (Average price quotes, for the state) $1,478
Job growth % (2010-2012) 4.04%

Housing

Median home price (2012) $562,500
Average property taxes(2011) $5,252

Education

Colleges, universities and professional schools (within 30 miles) 89
Reading test scores (% above/below state average) 44.0%
Test scores math (% above/below average) 48.3%
% students attending public/private schools (located within town limits) 97.6/2.4

Quality of life

Air quality index* (% of days AQI ranked as good) 35.5%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 1
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 12
Median commute time (in minutes) 32.3
% population with commute 45 mins. or longer 37.5%
% population walk or bike to work 1.5%

Leisure and culture

Movie theaters (within 15 miles) 40
Restaurants (within 15 miles) 5,777
Bars (within 15 miles) 277
Public golf courses (within 30 miles) 219
Libraries (within 15 miles) 77
Museums (accredited by AAM; within 30 miles) 18
Ski resorts (within 100 miles) N.A.
Arts funding (Dollars per person of state funds spent on arts) 0.1

Weather

Annual rainfall (inches) 12.94
% clear days in the area 76%
High temp in July ° F 88.7°
Low temp in Jan ° F 41.5°

Meet the neighbors

Median age 42.5
Completed at least some college (% of residents) 72.0%
Married % 51.5%
Divorced % 3.3%
Racial diversity index (100 is national average; higher numbers indicate greater diversity) 925.4

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