I have lived in Palmdale for about 6 years, grew up in Downey / Norwalk area.
I bought my first house on the east sied of town Ave S / 40 St. East would not recommend buying in that area some good people but alot of low income families. My second house is West Side Palmdale / Quartz Hill. I would say I feel safer in that area of Palmdale then I do when I go down to Norwalk / Downey area to visit family. Palmdale has it's problems but please don't even compare it to Compton or even some areas in the Valley.
And for those that live in Santa Clarita area that think that Palmdale is so bad your just blind and living in the dark.
Sorry to be so harsh but if you don't live there DONT COMMIT ON THE AREA.