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La Verne, California

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La Verne, California
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Location of La Verne in Los Angeles County, California.
Location of La Verne in Los Angeles County, California.
La Verne, California is located in the United States
La Verne, California
La Verne, California
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 34°6′52″N 117°46′17″W / 34.11444°N 117.77139°W / 34.11444; -117.77139
CountryUnited States
CountyLos Angeles
IncorporatedAugust 20, 1906[1]
 • TypeCouncil Manager
 • MayorTim Hepburn[2]
 • Mayor Pro TemMuir Davis
 • City CouncilRobin Carder
Rick Crosby
Wendy M. Lau
 • Total8.55 sq mi (22.16 km2)
 • Land8.43 sq mi (21.84 km2)
 • Water0.12 sq mi (0.31 km2)  1.54%
Elevation1,060 ft (323 m)
 • Total31,334
 • Density3,791.53/sq mi (1,463.90/km2)
Time zoneUTC-8 (PST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
Area code909[7]
FIPS code06-40830
GNIS feature IDs1660868, 2411584

La Verne is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. The population was 31,334 at the 2020 census.[5]

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Rancho San José was granted in 1837 to Californio rancheros Ygnacio Palomares (left) and Ricardo Véjar (right), encompassing all of La Verne.
Bonita High School, c. 1900.

The area was home to Native Americans.[8]

The European history of the area dates back to the 1830s when Ygnacio Palomares and Ricardo Véjar received the 15,000-acre (61 km2) Rancho San Jose land grant from Governor Juan Bautista Alvarado in 1837. The land included the present day cities Pomona, Claremont, San Dimas, Glendora, and La Verne. The adobe that Palomares built in 1837 is still preserved in Pomona as La Casa Primera de Rancho San Jose (The First House). Palomares soon moved a mile or so northeast and constructed the Ygnacio Palomares Adobe. He ensured that a nephew, Jose Dolores Palomares, secured a tract of land a mile west.

In the mid-1880s, entrepreneur Isaac W. Lord purchased a tract of Jose Palomares' land and convinced the Santa Fe Railroad company to run its line across towards Los Angeles. Lord had the land surveyed for building lots and in 1887 had a large land sale, naming the new town 'Lordsburg' after himself. He also had a large Lordsburg Hotel constructed, but the land boom was over when it was completed. It sat empty for several years until sold to four members of the German Baptist Brethren Church, who persuaded others of that denomination that it would be an excellent site for a new institution of higher learning. Lordsburg College was founded in 1891.

In 1906 the town was incorporated as "La Verne." Residents grew field crops, and then began planting citrus trees, which flourished. Lordsburg became known as the "Heart of the Orange Empire." The city of La Verne flourished as a center of the citrus industry until after World War II, when the citrus industry slowly faded away. Two orange groves are on the grounds of the La Verne Heritage Foundation.


La Verne is a suburb 30 miles (48 km) east of Los Angeles, located in the Pomona Valley below the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains part of the Angeles National Forest, a habitat known to support black bears.[9] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.562 square miles (22.18 km2). It is to the east of San Dimas and to the west of Claremont. The city of Pomona lies to the south. California State Route 210 bisects La Verne in an east–west direction, and Historic U.S. Route 66 also passes through the city.


According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, La Verne has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.[10]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[11][5]


Aerial view of La Verne. Brackett Field is on the center left and Live Oak Reservoir is in the far right.

At the 2010 census La Verne had a population of 31,063. The population density was 3,628.0 inhabitants per square mile (1,400.8/km2). The racial makeup of La Verne was 23,057 (74.2%) White (55.4% Non-Hispanic White),[12] 1,065 (3.4%) African American, 265 (0.9%) Native American, 2,381 (7.7%) Asian, 61 (0.2%) Pacific Islander, 2,822 (9.1%) from other races, and 1,412 (4.5%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9,635 persons (31.0%).[13]

The census reported that 30,387 people (97.8% of the population) lived in households, 501 (1.6%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 175 (0.6%) were institutionalized.

There were 11,261 households, 3,582 (31.8%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 6,286 (55.8%) were married couples living together, 1,438 (12.8%) had a female householder with no husband present, 489 (4.3%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 420 (3.7%) unmarried couples living together, and 74 (0.7%) homosexual partners living together. 2,517 households (22.4%) had one person and 1,429 (12.7%) had someone who was 65 or older living alone. The average household size was 2.70. There were 8,213 families (72.9% of households); the average family size was 3.16.

The age distribution was 6,605 people (21.3%) under the age of 18, 3,106 people (10.0%) aged 18 to 24, 6,678 people (21.5%) aged 25 to 44, 9,417 people (30.3%) aged 45 to 64, and 5,257 people (16.9%) who were 65 or older. The median age was 42.9 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.2 males.

There were 11,686 housing units at an average density of 1,364.9 per square mile, of the occupied units 8,388 (74.5%) were owner-occupied and 2,873 (25.5%) were rented. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.7%; the rental vacancy rate was 5.4%. 22,995 people (74.0% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 7,392 people (23.8%) lived in rental housing units.

During 2009–2013, La Verne had a median household income of $77,040, with 7.9% of the population living below the federal poverty line.


The Charles E. Straight House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places

At the 2000 census there were 31,638 people in 11,070 households, including 8,346 families, in the city. The population density was 3,805.8 inhabitants per square mile (1,469.4/km2). There were 11,286 housing units at an average density of 1,357.6 units per square mile (524.2 units/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 77.06% White, 3.21% African American, 0.64% Native American, 7.20% Asian, 0.17% Pacific Islander, 7.42% from other races, and 4.30% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 23.12%.[14]

Of the 11,070 households, 35.5% had children under 18 living with them, 60.0% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.6% were non-families. 19.6% of households were one person and 9.6% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.79 and the average family size was 3.23.

The age distribution was 25.2% under the age of 18, 9.7% from 18 to 24, 27.4% from 25 to 44, 24.5% from 45 to 64, and 13.1% 65 or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.0 males.

As of 2007, the median household income was $75,444, and the median family income was $87,915.[15] The per capita income for the city was $31,689. About 2.5% of families and 4.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.6% of those under age 18 and 4.1% of those age 65 or over.

Mexican (17.7%) and German (12.2%) were the most common ancestries. Mexico (22.3%) and the Philippines (11.8%) were the most common foreign places of birth.[16]


The historic Spanish Colonial Revival style Weymouth Treatment Plant, constructed 1938–1940.

La Verne is located in the 5th district of Los Angeles County, and is represented by supervisor Kathryn Barger.

In the state legislature, La Verne is in the  25th Senate District, represented by Democrat Anthony Portantino, and in the  41st Assembly District, represented by Democrat Chris Holden.[17]

In the United States House of Representatives, La Verne is in California's  32nd congressional district, represented by Democrat Brad Sherman.[18]

The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services operates the Pomona Health Centre in Pomona, serving La Verne.[19]

Public safety

The La Verne Police Department provides law enforcement services for the city of La Verne.[20]

In 2018, the La Verne Police Department appointed its first woman captain, Colleen Flores.[21]

Nick Paz is the current chief of police.[22]

The La Verne Fire Department provides fire protection and emergency medical services for the city of La Verne.


The University of La Verne.

The University of La Verne is located on 3rd Street in La Verne.

The Bonita Unified School District serves the city. Bonita High School is located on D Street.

Lutheran High School is located on Fruit Street. Damien High School is a Catholic boys' school located at the intersection of Damien and Bonita Avenues. Calvary Baptist Schools is located at the intersection of Damien Avenue and Forestdale Street.


The Los Angeles Metro Rail A Line is currently being extended east from its current terminus in Azusa to Pomona. The extended line will include a La Verne station near the University of La Verne and the Pomona Fairplex. The station is currently under construction and will be in service with the rest of the extension in early 2025.[23]

In popular culture

In the 1967 film The Graduate, the finale wedding scene was shot in La Verne (not Santa Barbara as presented in the movie) at the United Methodist Church of La Verne.[24]

The wedding scene in Wayne's World 2 was also filmed at the United Methodist Church of La Verne.

In 1998, actor Christian Slater was sentenced to 90 days in the La Verne jail for domestic assault [25]

Notable people


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