About This Place
Stevenson Ranch is an affluent and liberal census-designated place in Los Angeles County, California. The community is located in the Santa Clarita Valley. Often incorrectly referred to as part of the city of Santa Clarita, the community does not actually fall within the Santa Clarita city limits. It is an unincorporated area of Los Angeles County. The area encompasses about 6.4 square miles (17 km2). About 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) are set aside as parks, recreation areas and open space. Stevenson Ranch is set in the foothills of the Santa Susana Mountains and lies west of Interstate 5. This area backs up to the historic, oil-mining town of Mentryville, founded in 1875. A master planned community, it was approved by the county in 1987. The population was 17,557 at the 2010 census.
The Valencia Marketplace and Stevenson Ranch Shopping Center are popular shopping areas in the community. Stevenson Ranch Elementary, Pico Canyon Elementary, Rancho Pico Junior High, and West Ranch High School are all award-winning schools. Six Flags Magic Mountain, an amusement park, is located about 3 miles north of the community.
The names of many streets located in Stevenson Ranch are those of famous authors. However, the street known as "Thackery Lane" is actually a misspelling that refers to the 19th century English novelist, William Makepeace Thackeray.