Rancho Palos Verdes, California
|Rancho Palos Verdes, California|
|— City —|
|City of Rancho Palos Verdes|
|Trump National Golf Club|
|Nickname(s): "PV" , Palos Verdes, The RPV|
|Los Angeles County, California|
|Country||United States of America|
|Incorporated (city)||September 7, 1973|
|• Mayor||Thomas D. Long|
|• Total||13.465 sq mi (34.875 km2)|
|• Land||13.465 sq mi (34.874 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0.001 km2) 0%|
|Elevation||220 ft (67 m)|
|• Density||3,100/sq mi ( 1,200/km2)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC-8)|
|• Summer (DST)||PDT (UTC-7)|
|GNIS feature ID||0255967|
Rancho Palos Verdes (sometimes abbreviated RPV) is a city in Los Angeles County, California, that was incorporated on September 7, 1973. The population was 41,643 at the 2010 census. Rancho Palos Verdes translates from Spanish as Green Mast Farm or Green Pole Farm, referring to the North American tree species Parkinsonia florida (blue palo verde).
Rancho Palos Verdes is an affluent suburb of Los Angeles. Sitting atop the Palos Verdes Hills and bluffs of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, it is known for expansive views of the Pacific Ocean. The history of Rancho Palos Verdes dates back to the Spanish explorers and the establishment of the first Spanish rancho land grant in California. Its most notable geographic features are the Palos Verdes Hills and cliffs with grand vistas of the Pacific Ocean, and views of Santa Catalina Island.
Wayfarers Chapel designed by Lloyd Wright and built between 1949 - 1951 is on the National Register of Historic Places. Point Vicente Lighthouse was built in 1926 and is also on the National Register of Historic Places. Point Vicente Interpretive Center opened in 1984 with a mission to present and interpret the unique features and history of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The almost 10,000-square-foot (930 m2) expanded Interpretive Center, re-opened on July 15, 2006, features exhibits on the natural and cultural history of the Peninsula, with a special emphasis on the Pacific gray whale. This premier whale watch site provides spectacular opportunities to view the annual migration of the Pacific gray whale, from December through April. The former Marineland of the Pacific (1954–1987) site was re-developed and is now occupied by the Terranea Resort, which opened in June, 2009. The city is also home to Trump National golf course, one of eleven in the Trump portfolio of courses. Portuguese Bend landslide, one of the largest continuously moving landslides in North America, is located along the southern coastal area. Together with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, in 2009 the city completed the acquisition of a total of two square miles of open space land, the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve, the largest such preserve of coastal open space north of San Diego and south of Santa Barbara.
The Salvation Army's School for Officer Training is also located in Rancho Palos Verdes.
Rancho Palos Verdes is located at (33.758216, -118.364256).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 13.5 square miles (35 km2), virtually all land.
The 2010 United States Census reported that Rancho Palos Verdes had a population of 41,643. The population density was 3,092.6 people per square mile (1,194.1/km²). The racial makeup of Rancho Palos Verdes was 25,698 (61.7%) White, 1,015 (2.4%) African American, 80 (0.2%) Native American, 12,077 (29.0%) Asian, 41 (0.1%) Pacific Islander, 748 (1.8%) from other races, and 1,984 (4.8%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3,556 persons (8.5%).
The Census reported that 41,303 people (99.2% of the population) lived in households, 313 (0.8%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 27 (0.1%) were institutionalized.
There were 15,561 households, out of which 5,187 (33.3%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 10,465 (67.3%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 1,218 (7.8%) had a female householder with no husband present, 460 (3.0%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 304 (2.0%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 85 (0.5%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 2,936 households (18.9%) were made up of individuals and 1,810 (11.6%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65. There were 12,143 families (78.0% of all households); the average family size was 3.03.
The population was spread out with 9,248 people (22.2%) under the age of 18, 2,352 people (5.6%) aged 18 to 24, 7,045 people (16.9%) aged 25 to 44, 13,344 people (32.0%) aged 45 to 64, and 9,654 people (23.2%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47.8 years. For every 100 females there were 94.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.1 males.
There were 16,179 housing units at an average density of 1,201.5 per square mile (463.9/km²), of which 12,485 (80.2%) were owner-occupied, and 3,076 (19.8%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 0.6%; the rental vacancy rate was 6.4%. 33,015 people (79.3% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 8,288 people (19.9%) lived in rental housing units.
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The city is served by Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District. PVPUSD schools have constantly ranked[who?] among the best in California and the nation. The Washington Post once ranked the district's largest high school, Palos Verdes Peninsula High School (PVPHS) in neighboring Rolling Hills Estates as the 8th best public or private high school in the nation. Also, Chadwick School is a well known K-12 private school that serves the area. Another private school is Christ Lutheran Church and School. It ranges from preschool to 8th grade. Rolling Hills Country Day School , adjacent to the South Coast Botanic Garden, offers a private K-8 education. Rancho Palos Verdes also includes Marymount College.
The latest survey conducted by U.S. News in 2007 reports that PVPHS still ranks among the top 100, at 89th place, and the reopened Palos Verdes High School (PVHS) in Palos Verdes Estates trails closely behind, at 93rd place.
Rancho Palos Verdes is a General Law city (it has no charter). Its five city council members are elected at large to four year terms in staggered non-partisan elections on the first Tuesday in November of every odd numbered year.
The city council chooses the Mayor (currently Susan Brooks) and Mayor Pro Tem (currently Jerry Duhovic) at the first council meeting on the first Tuesday of each December for a one year term. Brian Campbell, Jim Knight and Anthony Misetich are the other three current Council members. Susan Brooks is a former teacher and current professional mediator. This is Brooks' second term on the Council; her first term was from 1992-1995, during which time she served as Mayor in 1993. Jerry Duhovic is a senior executive in a financial services firm, Jim Knight is a retired real estate investor and respected environmentalist and open space advocate, Anthony Misetich is immediate past Mayor and owns an international petroleum industry company, and Brian Campbell owns an international commercial real estate brokerage and advisory firm.
Both Jerry Duhovic and Brian Campbell are former US Military Officers; Duhovic graduated from the United States Air Force Academy and served on active duty in the US Air Force and Campbell was an ROTC graduate from the University of Colorado - Boulder, and served overseas in South Korea as a US Army (Airborne) Infantry Officer.
The most recent November 2009 and 2011 elections of the current council members resulted in more school-age children of new city council members; 8 total, than at any time in city history.
Day to day management of the city is in the hands of a professional city manager (currently Carolyn Lehr) and staff. In the County of Los Angeles Rancho Palos Verdes is located in the 4th Supervisoral District, represented by Don Knabe. In the state legislature Rancho Palos Verdes is located in the 28th Senate District, represented by Democrat Ted Lieu, and in the 66th Assembly District, represented by Democrat Al Muratsuchi. Federally, Rancho Palos Verdes is located in California's 33rd congressional district represented by Henry Waxman.
Top employers 
According to the City's 2009 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:
|#||Employer||# of Employees|
|1||Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District||1,970|
|3||Trump National Golf Club||300|
|6||Keller Williams Realty||112|
|8||Green Hills Memorial Park||85|
|10||St. John Fisher||50|
Emergency services 
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- "Rancho Palos Verdes - City Council". Retrieved 2007-01-18.
- U.S. Census
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- "CENSUS OF POPULATION AND HOUSING (1790-2000)". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2010-07-30.
- Census area enumerated as Palos Verdes Peninsula in 1970, which was closely approximates the boundaries of the city during incorporation.
- All data are derived from the United States Census Bureau reports from the 2010 United States Census, and are accessible on-line here. The data on unmarried partnerships and same-sex married couples are from the Census report DEC_10_SF1_PCT15. All other housing and population data are from Census report DEC_10_DP_DPDP1. Both reports are viewable online or downloadable in a zip file containing a comma-delimited data file. The area data, from which densities are calculated, are available on-line here. Percentage totals may not add to 100% due to rounding. The Census Bureau defines families as a household containing one or more people related to the householder by birth, opposite-sex marriage, or adoption. People living in group quarters are tabulated by the Census Bureau as neither owners nor renters. For further details, see the text files accompanying the data files containing the Census reports mentioned above.
- "Hours & Locations." Palos Verdes Library District. Retrieved on March 28, 2010.
- City of Rancho Palos Verdes CAFR
- "McCormick Ambulance Service areas
- "Lomita Station." Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Retrieved on January 21, 2010.
- "Torrance Health Center." Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. Retrieved on March 18, 2010.
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- Rancho Palos Verdes official website
- LA County Disaster Communications Service (DCS ) Lomita Sheriff Station
||Palos Verdes Estates||Rolling Hills Estates & Rolling Hills||Harbor City, Los Angeles|
|Pacific Ocean||San Pedro|
|Pacific Ocean||Pacific Ocean||Pacific Ocean|