Moving to Santa Fe Springs, CA

Santa Fe Springs is a city of 18,000 in southern California. The town occupies about nine square miles in southeastern Los Angeles County. It is one of the county’s “gateway cities,” so called for adjacency to Orange County.

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Santa Fe Springs History

Although it was officially incorporated just 60 years ago, Santa Fe Springs has a storied history that begins with a native American tribe (Tongva). Over the years it has known notoriety for its sulphur spring, a tourist draw, and an oil boom in the 1920s which helped launch the career of J. Paul Getty, renowned industrialist and philanthropist. 

Santa Fe Springs Weather

Like many California cities, Santa Fe Springs offers an agreeable climate with mild temperatures, low humidity, and lots of sunshine. Rainfall averages only 14.5 inches a year. The average high temperature in July is 89°F and the average low in January is 48°F. On the comfort index, Santa Fe Springs rates well above the average for U.S. cities. 

Santa Fe Springs Transportation

Public transportation in Santa Fe Springs includes bus, provided by Norwalk Transit System, and commuter rail via Metrolink, which connects the city to Orange and LA Counties. The nearest airports are Long Beach/Daugherty Field (LGB), Los Angeles International (LAX) and John Wayne-Orange County (SNA). Among the major roadways serving the area are Interstate Highways 5, 105, and 605. The average travel time from home to work is about 29 minutes. 

Cost of Living in Santa Fe Springs

The cost to live in Santa Fe Springs is expensive compared to the rest of the country, but a little better than average for all cities in California. The biggest differentiator is the cost of housing, which carries about an 80 percent premium over average across the U.S. A potential cost to well-being is seen in the city’s reported crime rate, which is 162 percent above the national average. Use the links below to see how far your earnings will go in Santa Fe Springs.

Santa Fe Springs Schools

The Little Lake City School District provides K-8 public education in Santa Fe Springs, Norwalk, and parts of Downey with two middle schools and seven elementary schools. Whittier Union High School District operates Santa Fe High School, the city’s only high school. Private education options include Catholic and Christian schools; higher education choices are plentiful, with 134 colleges located within 50 miles of Santa Fe Springs.

Santa Fe Springs Hospitals

Residents in Santa Fe Springs are surrounded by options for quality medical care. There are more than 12 dozen hospitals within 30 miles and 126 acute care facilities within 60 miles. The region’s highest-rated—Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center—is 30 miles west of Los Angeles. It is nationally ranked in 15 adult specialties and 10 children’s specialties. Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, 22 miles north of the city, is nationally ranked in three specialties.

Santa Fe Springs Real Estate

At the last official census, Santa Fe Springs counted just under 5,186 housing units with an owner-occupied rate of about 60 percent. The median value of these units was $351,200, and selected monthly costs for homeowners with a mortgage was $1,795. Median gross rent was $1,271 More recent estimates on real estate values peg the median price for homes at $431,800. 

Santa Fe Springs Hotels

While Santa Fe Springs is devoid of lodging in the city, you’ll find several hotels along I-5 and I-605 in the adjacent communities of Whittier, Downey, Norwalk and Pico Rivera.  The Double-Tree Hilton in Norwalk is a mile from the Metrolink stop for convenient access to Los Angeles. The Motel 6 in Whittier is a good option if you’re on a tight budget; it maintains a coin laundry and provides free coffee in the morning. The American Inn in Downey is a boutique style lodge just minutes from Universal Studios in Hollywood.

Santa Fe Springs Restaurants

The Latino influence is evident in Santa Fe Springs, with several places serving authentic Mexican fare. At Veracruz Restaurant you can enjoy traditional dishes, cold beer, and live Mariachi music. For a truly unique dining adventure, Geezers offers an extensive menu of American sandwiches and salads, as well as Mexican and Italian dishes in a large venue filled with golfing memorabilia. 

Things to Do in Santa Fe Springs

For an enjoyable and educational outing, visit Heritage Park, a historic site and museum that tells of the many people who have lived and worked in the area, including the first known inhabitants, the Tongva Indians.  Of course, the city’s proximity to Los Angeles gives you an almost limitless array of world-class attractions, including Disneyland, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, The Getty Center (art museum), and Universal Studios Hollywood.