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Walnut, CA City of Walnut

49. Walnut, CA

Updated: May 31, 2014 4:38 PM UTC | Originally published: May 30, 2014

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 longer37.5%
% population walk or bike to work1.5%

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 area76%
High temp in July ° F88.7°
Low temp in Jan ° F41.5°

Meet the neighbors

Median age42.5
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