Glendora, California

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Glendora, California
City
City of Glendora
Official seal of Glendora, California
Seal
Motto: Pride of the Foothills
Location of Glendora in Los Angeles County, California
Location of Glendora in Los Angeles County, California
Coordinates: 34°7′51″N 117°51′15″W / 34.13083°N 117.85417°W / 34.13083; -117.85417Coordinates: 34°7′51″N 117°51′15″W / 34.13083°N 117.85417°W / 34.13083; -117.85417
Country United States
State California
County Los Angeles
Incorporated (city) November 13, 1911[1]
Government
 • Mayor Ken Herman[2]
 • City Manager Chris Jeffers[3]
Area[4]
 • Total 19.558 sq mi (50.655 km2)
 • Land 19.393 sq mi (50.228 km2)
 • Water 0.165 sq mi (0.427 km2)  0.84%
Elevation 774 ft (236 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 50,073
 • Density 2,600/sq mi (990/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP Code 91740, 91741[5]
Area code(s) 626/909[6]
FIPS code 06-30014
GNIS feature ID 1652713
Website www.ci.glendora.ca.us
Downtown Glendora with Morris Fire smoke plume
Glendora, 1920.

Glendora is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States, 23 miles (37 km) east of downtown Los Angeles. As of the 2010 census, the population of Glendora was 50,073.

Known as the "Pride of the Foothills", Glendora is an affluent city with a diverse housing stock and a consistently high-ranking school district. Glendora lies within the San Gabriel Valley, area code 626. A small portion of southeast Glendora is in the area code 909, which is the area code for areas in eastern Los Angeles County, such as Claremont, and for western San Bernardino County. The city to Glendora's west is Azusa while San Dimas lies to Glendora's east. Glendora has its own police force, and the town's crime rate is very low.

Residences in Glendora range from early 20th-century bungalows, to modest ranch style homes, to multi-story configurations, to grand mansions. Glendora's most expensive neighborhoods contain many very large, secluded, estate homes with sweeping views across the San Gabriel Valley to Downtown Los Angeles. These neighborhoods include: Morgan Ranch, Gordon Highlands, Bluebird Hill, Silent Ranch, Oak Tree Rancho, Hidden Springs, Oakhart Estates, and Easley Canyon Estates. Membership in the Glendora Country Club is by invitation only. The Club's 18-hole golf course has been played by many professional golfers.

Glendora celebrated its centennial as an incorporated city in 2011.

History[edit]

Ygnacio Palomares received the 22,000-acre (89 km2) land grant Rancho San Jose from Governor Juan Bautista Alvarado in 1837. The land included the present day cities of Pomona, Claremont, La Verne, San Dimas, and Glendora.

Located at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains, modern Glendora was founded on April 1, 1887 by George D. Whitcomb who moved to California from Illinois in the early 1880s. Whitcomb was the founder of the Whitcomb Locomotive Works in Chicago and Rochelle, Illinois. He devised the name Glendora by combining the name of his wife, Leadora Bennett Whitcomb, with the location of his home in a glen of the San Gabriel Mountains. Prior to its 1911 incorporation, Glendora's administrator officially occupied the office of President of Glendora.

The downtown area as it appears now is the product of years of renovation and maintenance by the city. There used to be a movie theatre and various banks and playhouses downtown but all were converted into more modern commercial buildings. The original layout can be read about on the Downtown Glendora Historical Walk, by reading placards placed along Glendora Avenue (previously called Michigan Avenue).

Glendora used to be home to many military academies, which have since been converted into either churches or private school facilities. These academies included Brown Military Academy,[7] now St. Lucy's Priory High School and Church of the Open Door on Sierra Madre, and Harding Military Academy,[8] whose property is now home to North Glendora Private, a prestigious private community adjacent to Easly Canyon atop Glendora Avenue.

Many wildfires have affected the city in recent years, the most notable being the Colby Fire, which displaced hundreds of Glendora residents.

Geography[edit]

Glendora is located at 34°7′51″N 117°51′15″W / 34.13083°N 117.85417°W / 34.13083; -117.85417 (34.130957, -117.854127).[9]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 19.6 square miles (51 km2), of which 19.4 square miles (50 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2), or 0.84%, is water.

Demographics[edit]

2010[edit]

As of the census[10] of 2010, there were 50,073 people, 16,819 households, and 12,866 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,581.5 inhabitants per square mile (996.8/km²). There were 17,145 housing units at an average density of 895.7 per square mile (345.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 75.1% White (57.0% Non-Hispanic White), 1.9% Black or African American, 0.7% Native American, 13.0% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 5.2% from other races, and 4.8% from two or more races. 25.7% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.[11]

There were 16,819 households out of which 38.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.1% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.5% were non-families. 19.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.88 and the average family size was 3.30.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.6% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 29.1% from 25 to 44, 23.2% from 45 to 64, and 12.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 93.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.6 males.

According to the 2010 United States Census, Glendora had a median household income of $74,619, with 7.9% of the population living below the federal poverty line.[11]

Public education[edit]

The city's public schools are served by the Glendora Unified School District. The system is considered one of the best in the state and the country, consistently ranking in the top performing brackets.[12] Each school in the district is designated as a California Distinguished School.[13]

Elementary schools[edit]

  • La Fetra Elementary School
  • Cullen Elementary School
  • Stanton Elementary School
  • Sellers Elementary School
  • Sutherland Elementary School

Middle schools[edit]

  • Sandburg Middle School
  • Goddard Middle School

High school[edit]

Continuation high school[edit]

  • Whitcomb Continuation High School

Private education[edit]

  • St. Lucy's Priory High School – All girls college-prep high school
  • St. Dorothy School – Kindergarten through 8th grade boys and girls school
  • Foothill Christian School – Preschool through 8th grade boys and girls school[14]

Public services/Parks and Recreation[edit]

  • Glendora has an extensive Parks and Recreation program that provides activities in many of the city's public parks for the citizens of the community. One of the most popular of the Parks and Recreation programs is the Camp Cahuilla Summer Kids' Day Camp (also known as "Dirt Camp"). Its eight week program host more than 500 children every summer, ages ranging from five to twelve.
  • Glendora also owns a nine-hole golf course, Glen Oaks, offering a Driving Range, Instructional Services, Practice Area, and the 9-hole, Par 3 course itself.
  • Glendora runs its own transportation service, the Glendora Mini Bus, that provides curb-to-curb transportation services for senior citizens and permanently disabled persons of Glendora. The bus operates: Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m–5:00 p.m. Saturday–Sunday, 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. The cost is 50¢ each way. Most of the Mini Buses have been recently acquired by the city, and are new and very modern (as well as fuel-efficient).
  • Glendora's historical society preserves many important and interesting pieces across town, including Rubel Castle, constructed by Michael Rubel.

Government and infrastructure[edit]

In the state legislature Glendora is located in the 29th Senate District, represented by Republican Robert Huff, and in the 59th Assembly District, represented by Republican Tim Donnelly. Federally, Glendora is located in California's 27th congressional district (North of I-210) and California's 32nd congressional district (South of I-210), and is represented by Democrats Brad Sherman and Judy Chu, respectively.[15]

The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services operates the Monrovia Health Center in Monrovia, serving Glendora.[16]

Economy[edit]

Top employers[edit]

According to the City's 2009 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[17] the top employers in the city are:

Rank Employer # of Employees
1 Glendora Unified School District 734
2 Citrus College 700
3 County of Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services 592
4 Foothill Presbyterian Hospital 558
5 Ormco 400
6 City of Glendora 376
7 East Valley Hospital Medical Center 289
8 Wal-Mart 287
9 Sam's Club 210
10 The Home Depot 160

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