Chino is a city in San Bernardino County, California. Like much of the surrounding area, Chino was first inhabited by members of the Tongva tribe on land which was later the subject of Spanish claim, and Mexican land Grants to the prominent Lugo family, including son-in-law Isaac Williams.
During the California Gold Rush, the ranch was a popular stopover for travelers. The Williams claim to the Chino Rancho was patented in 1869. Richard Gird was the next owner of the Rancho. Beginning in 1887, his land was subdivided and laid out. It became the ‘Town of Chino,’ and incorporated into a city in 1910.
The Chino Valley, was an agricultural mecca from the 1890s up through the mid 20th century. Sugar beets were a significant part of the economy in the early 1900s, followed by sweet corn, peaches, walnuts, tomatoes, and strawberries. The dairy industry flourished from the 1950s through the 1980s. Chino’s large, highly efficient dairies made it the largest milk-producing community in the nation’s largest milk-producing state.
Because of its pastoral setting and rural flavor, Chino was a popular site for Hollywood crews to shoot “midwestern” settings.
Today Chino’s residential areas vary from new construction, single family homes to established and historic suburban neighborhoods. Homes can vary from bungalows to spectacular estate homes on large lots.
Shopping in Chino includes the Chino Spectrum shopping area as well as other shopping areas dispersed throughout Chino.
According to the City’s 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report the top employers in the city are: Chino Valley Unified School District, California Institution for Men, California Institution for Women, Chino Valley Medical Center.
Student in Chino primarily attend schools in the Chino Valley Unified School District.