Covina is a city in Los Angeles County, California. It was founded in 1882 by Joseph Swift Phillips on a 2,000 acre tract that was purchased from the John Edward Hollenbeck holdings. The City was named by a young engineer, Frederick Eaton, who was impressed by the way in which the valleys of the adjacent San Gabriel Mountains formed a natural cove around the vineyards that had been planted by the region’s earlier pioneers. The words “cove” and “vine” created the name Covina for the new township. The City was incorporated in 1901. By 1909, the city was the third largest orange producer in the world. Since WWII, however, the citrus groves have been largely replaced by single and multiple family dwellings. The city located just 22 miles outside of Los Angeles and while no freeways pass through the city limits, it is centered in the midst of Interstate 210 (Foothill Freeway) to the north, Interstate 10 (San Bernardino Freeway) to the south, Interstate 605 (San Gabriel River Freeway) to the west, and the State Route 57 (Orange Freeway) to the east.
Covina has all the conveniences of a modern suburb with strip mall shopping centers, various parks, and casual dining but still maintains much of its original charm and neighborhood feel. It has also been the site of various movie and TV show filming
According to the City’s 2009 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report the top employers in the city are: Covina Valley Unified School District, Citrus Valley Medical Center, and Charter Oak Unified School District.
Most residents of the city attend schools within the Covina Valley Unified and Charter Oak School Districts.