Santa Susana, CA

Population: 1,057

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  • Santa Susana has a Livability Score of 63/100, which is considered below average
  • Santa Susana crime rates are 72% lower than the California average
  • Cost of living in Santa Susana is 8% higher than the California average
  • Santa Susana real estate prices are 15% higher than the California average
  • Rental prices in Santa Susana are 36% higher than the California average

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      Surprised this made the list of 100 most "livable" cities. Cancer rates are high, very high. Santa Susanna is the site of our nation's first nuclear reactor (and partial core meltdown). Built during the cold war era and kept secret for years, this nuclear reactor at the site of the Santa Susanna Field Labs (near Rocketdyne facility) had partial core meltdowns in 1959 and 1963, which were not made public for 20 years--until 1979, at the time of 3 Mile Island incident. Unlike modern-day facilities, this reactor did NOT have a containment dome, and radioactive elements 80-100 times worse than 3 Mile Island were released. I am somewhat new to the area, but the locals tells me that neighboring Chattsworth and Simi Valley have high cancer rates. Google search Santa Susanna Field Labs and read for yourself. Sad because the mountains are drop-dead gorgeous, the weather near perfect, and the economy solid.
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      Source: The Santa Susana, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).