City of Whittier, CA
City of Whittier, CA
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Welcome to wonderful Whittier, located in in sunny Los Angeles County, California. Whittier is located only 12 miles southeast of LA with a comfortable population of 80,000+ residents as of the 2000 census and a projected 90,000 resident by the year 2010. Whittier is one of the Gateway Cities because it's so close to LA, it's practically living in the giant city's backyard! Enjoy all the benefits of city living without the hustle and bustle and hectic nature of downtown. To the east of Whittier is La Habra Heights and to the southeast is La Habra. Whittier is close to a large number of destinations within Los Angeles county.
John Greenleaf Whittier's dedication poem
"My Name I Give To Thee"
The Government of the City of Whittier requires a high degree of moral/ethical behavior by its members acting in any and all official capacities in carrying out their assigned responsibilities and in their personal lives to the extent that their behavior will not reflect negatively upon the City Government and will not interfere with the City’s efforts in carrying out its missions and goals; and
PEOPLE, PRIDE & PROGRESS
The roots of Whittier can be traced to a Spanish soldier, Manuel Nieto, who in 1784 received a Spanish land grant of 300,000 acres (1,200 km²), Rancho Los Nietos, as a reward for his military service and to encourage settlement in California. Nieto's area was reduced in 1790 because of a dispute with the Mission San Gabriel, but he still laid claim to 167,000 acres (680 km2) stretching from the hills north of Whittier, Fullerton and Brea, south to the Pacific ocean, and from today's Los Angeles River, east to the Santa Ana River. Nieto constructed a dwelling for his family near the present town of Whittier, stocked the land with cattle and horses, and cultivated corn. Upon his death in 1804, his children inherited his property.
At the time of the Mexican-American War, much of Whittier was owned by Pio Pico, a rancher and the last Mexican Governor of California. Pio Pico built a hacienda in Whittier on the San Gabriel River, which today is Pio Pico State Historic Park
After the war, Jacob F. Gerkens, a German immigrant who paid $234 to the U.S. government to acquire 160 acres (0.6 km2) of land under the Homestead Act, built a cabin on the land which is today known as the Jonathan Bailey House. Gerkens would later become the first Chief of Police of the Los Angeles Police Department. The land had several owners before a group of Quakers bought the land, which had since been expanded to 1,259 acres (5 km2), with the purpose of founding a Quaker community. The area soon became known as a thriving citrus ranching region, with "Quaker Brand" fruit being shipped all over the United States. Soon after, walnut trees were planted, and Whittier became the largest walnut grower in California.
Whittier became a charter law city and was incorporated in 1898. Like many other southern California communities, Whittier experienced a population increase after World War II.
Origin of name
Quaker history in Whittier
The Mendenhall Building at Whittier College was donated by Leona May Mendenhall in honor of her husband, Oscar Mendenhall. The Mendenhalls were among the founding families of Whittier. Oscar's brother, Samuel Mendenhall, helped bring in the water system and post office. The Mendenhalls were large growers for Sunkist oranges and Blue Diamond walnuts.
Whittier Narrows earthquake
(Historical summary courtesy of wikipedia)
For reviews and more information on Whittier education and schools please visit this link. (will open in a new window)
Whittier offers a large variety of activities and attractions. Please visit the respective links for more detailed information.
Cultural Arts Calendar (courtesy of City of Whittier)
Places of Interest in Whittier
Film and television locations
Stats - October 2013
New Listings - Condos: 14
Closed Sales - Single Family: 102
Closed Sales - Condos: 10
Inventory of Homes for Sale (Single Family Homes + Condos): 231
Median Sales Price (Single Family Homes): $380,500 (17.1% increase from 2012)
Median Sales Price (Condos): $211,000 (24.8% increase from 2012)
Sample recent home sales in WHITTIER, CA (zip code 90601)
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Community directory courtesy of City of Whittier and Chamber and Commerce
Incorporated Whittier is populated by 82,805 people and 188,000 people for the entire Whittier Area. Whittier is located just 12 miles southeast of Los Angeles and occupies 12.4 square miles.
As of 2004, there were 60,621 households and the average household income was $63,141. 87.2% of homeowners lived in the same house for over one year.
In the city, the population was spread out with 25.4% under the age of 18, 11.7% who were 65 years of age or older, and 6.7% under the age of 5.
Zip codes: 90601, 90602, 90603, 90604, 90605, 90606, 90607, 90608, 90609, 90610, 90612.
Estimated median household income for 2010: $65,308
Estimated per capita income in 2010: $29,943
Stats Source: WhittierChamber.com + Census.gov