Pomona is a city in Los Angeles County, California. Pomona was officially incorporated on January 6, 1888. Like much of the surrounding area it was originally occupied by the Tongva or Gabrielino Native Americans. Through a series of land grants and changes of ownership it later became the western anchor of the citrus-growing region. The city is named for Pomona, the ancient Roman goddess of fruit – which was the winning entry in an 1875 contest to name the city. Religious institutions are deeply embedded in the history of Pomona. There are now more than 120 churches representing most religions in today’s society. The historical architecture of these churches provide a glimpse of the European church design an architecture from other eras.
Pomona is a suburb of Los Angeles, located approximately 27 miles east of Los Angeles. The Los Angeles/San Bernardino county line forms most of the city’s southern and eastern boundries.
Today Pomona is balanced blend of residential and commercial area. The newest neighborhood of Phillips Ranch was developed in the 1980 and experienced rapid growth in the hilly area between Downtown and Diamond Bar. Pomona is home to the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds, NHRA Auto Club Raceway, Fox Theater and Downtown Pomona’s Antique Row. Dining ranges from upscale to fast food eateries with topography and economic ranges to match.
According to the City’s 2009 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report the top employers in the city are: Pomona Unified School District, Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, Cal Poly University, Casa Colina Rehabilitation Center, Verizon.
Most of Pomona and some of the surrounding area are served by the Pomona Unified School District. The Claremont Unified School District is zone for the students in northern Pomona.
There are several non-secular/faith bases private schools located within the city
Pomona is also home to Cal Poly Pomona, Western University of Health Sciences and DeVry University.