Rancho Cucamonga is a suburban city in San Bernardino County, California. From a historic land grant in 1839 to its acquisition by Isaias W. Hellman at a sheriff’s sale in 1871, to the emergence of three unincorporated communities on the old ranch lands – Alta Loma, Cucamonga, and Etiwanda which became Rancho Cucamonga. The city incorporated in 1977. In 2006, Money’s Best Places to Live ranked Rancho Cucamonga s #42 in America.
Rancho Cucamonga is the conjunction of the Mojave Trail, the Old Spanish Trail, the Santa Fe Trail, former U.S. Route 66 (now signed as Foothill Boulevard), and El Camino Real. The city has grown exponentially over the past two decades with infrastructure and community amenities to support the growth. Housing in the city varies from established suburban neighborhoods, to spectacular foothill homes and everything in between. The city has a robust parks & recreation program that caters to residents of all ages and several public libraries and numerous scenic neighborhood and public parks. Rancho Cucamonga is also home to Victoria Gardens which boast well known retailers, casual and fine dining, a movie theatre, cultural center, library, and the Lewis Family Playhouse all set in a “Town Square” style setting that is family and pet friendly.
While most of the city’s land area is devoted to residential areas, Rancho Cucamonga, is a major center for the Logistics industry in Southern California. This is due to its proximity to two Interstate Highways and Ontario International Airport, and the space afforded by the large tracts of former agricultural land in the southern section of the city. In the area around Milliken Avenue, between Archibald and Etiwanda Avenues, Foothill Boulevard, and Fourth Street, about seven square miles of land are primarily occupied by numerous massive distribution centers, and even more, smaller manufacturing companies. This area is ringed by wealthy office parks, mostly along Haven Avenue, and shopping strips, such as the Terra Vista Town Center (part of a nearly two-square-mile master-planned community in the center of the city.) The city hosts The Epicenter, a minor-league baseball stadium, home of the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. They are a Class A – Advanced team in the California League and a farm team of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Top Employers in the City Include: Etiwanda School District, Chaffey College, Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, City of Rancho Cucamonga, Alta Loma School District, and Macy’s
Rancho Cucamonga has multiple public K-12 schools, operating under several different school districts, within its borders: Alta Loma School District, Central School District, Cucamonga School District, Etiwanda School District, and Chaffey Joint Union High School District. In addition, Rancho Cucamonga is the home to Chaffey College and satellite campuses of University of La Verne, University of Redlands, Everest College, and University of Phoenix, as well as Universal Technical Institute.