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Irvine, Huntington Beach, Santa Clarita, Thousand Oaks, Fremont

#5: Small Cities - Irvine
LHJ Best Cities for Women 2002

Irvine is one of the nation's largest planned urban communities at over 47 square miles. In 1959, the University of California asked the Irvine Company for 1,000 acres for a new campus. Not officially incorporated as a city until 1971, Irvine is now a thriving, lush cluster of small neighborhoods centered around the hustle and bustle of one of California's finest public universities.

Overall rankings for select categories:

  • Women professionals #156
  • Educational attainment #3
  • Breast cancer #118
  • Divorce rate #82

#7: Small Cities - Huntington Beach

Surfers flock to Huntington Beach to surf off its eight and one-half miles of uninterrupted beach. In addition to year-round sun and pristine, sandy beaches, it also has the largest wetlands preserve on the coast of California. There are ocean tide pools, great bird watching as well as a noted aquarium. And to solidify Huntington Beach's status as surf capital of California, surf god Dean Torrence of Jan & Dean fame grew up on its beaches.

Overall rankings for select categories:

  • Women professionals #161
  • Educational attainment #15
  • Breast cancer #117
  • Divorce rate #115

#8: Small Cities - Santa Clarita

The Santa Clarita Valley is located 35 miles north of Los Angeles off the Golden State Freeway. A land of rugged natural beauty, Santa Clarita is surrounded by the lofty Santa Suzana and San Gabriel mountain ranges. Made up of eight diverse communities, Santa Clarita offers everything from homes nestled between rolling hills to horse ranches with enchanting sunsets. Surrounding Santa Clarita are some of California's most beautiful natural parks and woodlands, great for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, picnicking and camping.

Overall rankings for select categories:

  • Women professionals #137
  • Educational attainment #35
  • Breast cancer #161
  • Divorce rate #38

#10: Small Cities - Thousand Oaks

Thousand Oaks, 39 miles west of Los Angeles and 12 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean, was named for the multitude of oak trees scattered throughout the area. Thousand Oaks lies within the a picturesque Conejo Valley, which has more than 13,000 acres of natural open space and over 70 miles of hiking trails. The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza is the largest performing arts center between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Overall rankings for select categories:

  • Women professionals #40
  • Educational attainment #12
  • Breast cancer #27
  • Divorce rate #61

#15: Small Cities - Fremont

Located on the southeast side of the San Francisco Bay, Fremont is a city of over 208,000 people within 92 square miles of wide landscaped streets, 46 city parks, the San Francisco National Wildlife Refuge, Coyote Hills Regional Park, and the Ardenwood Farm Historical Park. Mission San Jose de Guadalupe, built in 1797, has been restored as a museum. The house and tomb of President Rutherford B. Hayes are in Fremont's Spiegel Grove State Park.

Overall rankings for select categories:

  • Women professionals #69
  • Educational attainment #23
  • Breast cancer #150
  • Divorce rate #69

 
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