Take heart Diamond Bar residents, Money Magazine has confirmed what you already know: You all live in a pretty cool city.
Recently, the magazine came out with Best Places to Live 2012. It ranked Diamond Bar 41st in a list of 100. The rankings were based on the city’s job opportunities, schools, low crime, quality health care, and what activities it offers residents.
“The residents of Diamond Bar take pride in their homes,” Money Magazine wrote.
“Witness the annual , in which neighbors vie to be deemed the one with the best holiday spirit, best lawn display, or most energy-efficient decorations. Not that community spirit is lacking. Locals boast of their first-ever (Bark Park) and relocated library. What's not so hot? High taxes, and long commutes to Los Angeles.”
Diamond Bar was one of five California cities named to the list. Irvine came in sixth. Cupertino came in 27th. Chino Hills was 34th and Yorba Linda, 42nd.
“I am incredibly proud of Diamond Bar for being one of only five cities in California that made the list” said Mayor Ling-Ling Chang. “The City earned this high distinction due to our excellent schools, low crime rates, cultural diversity, strong community spirit, parks and open space, and a higher than national average family income. The ranking also reflects the strong fiscal health of the City.”
“Being the first homegrown Mayor, this honor will hopefully show others throughout the nation what a great place Diamond Bar is to live in, to raise a family, and to be a part of. It is why I call Diamond Bar home,” Chang said.
Almost 56,000 live in the city. Officials often boast about the achievements of its schools. Along with the events listed by the magazine, Diamond Bar also hosts an annual birthday party that features carnival rides, and a Fourth of July Show that drew more than 5,000 people.
“It's located at the juncture of three major counties and uniquely embodies each one of them,” wrote resident Jamie Borromeo. “The class and sophistication of Orange County, the style and swag of Los Angeles, and the diverse culture and suburban family life of the Inland Empire.”
Check out what other Diamond Bar residents said they love about their town:
“It's a safe and quiet city, apart from lack of entertainment, it's a great place to raise a family,” said Melissa Dee.
“I love being able to take my 4-year-old daughter Megan on a late night walk (9 p.m.) and feel so safe,” said Trichia Tran. “Diamond Bar is a city that puts family first. Including the pets, which is why all parks welcome dogs and a ‘dog park’ is just around the corner.”
“I grew up in Diamond Bar, I have to say that it's amazing place to live,” said Armine Deryousefian. “From their birthday celebration to football and soccer leagues, it's a friendly like city. They have the best schools located around. It’s safe it's fun, and it's quiet! I love it! A perfect place to start a family.”
“Safe, quiet, family oriented. The schools are great and the people who live here are amazing,” said Crystal Bernal.
“I have called Diamond Bar home for 30 plus years,” said Heather Myer Zurati. “I was in the second graduating class of Diamond Bar High. I have always loved this city for all it has to offer. The feeling of walking down the street and everyone knows you and says hello.”
“I have lived in Diamond Bar my whole life and believe our city is a hidden gem within Los Angeles County,” said Danielle Escobar. “Diamond Bar is quiet and safe, a perfect place to raise your family. Diamond Bar offers great schools and a diversified culture.”
“It has a small town feel,” Amanda Shaffer Maldonado said. “Seeing neighbors and friends at the grocery store. Great place to raise kids not a lot of crime and everyone seems to be considerate of the city and take care of it. That is what will keep it a great city for years to come.”
And finally, Kate Leung loves the city for the obvious reason. “Good people ha ha ha.”