West Covina is a city in Los Angeles County, California. It was incorporated in 1923 mostly to prevent the City of Covina from building a sewage plant in the area. Located some 18 miles (29 km) east of Downtown Los Angeles in the eastern San Gabriel Valley, it is a mostly middle class suburb of Los Angeles with few upper middle class residents within the south area of the city, or otherwise distinguished as “South Hills”.The larger of the two Covina’s, West Covina is home to three large shopping centers, “The Plaza at West Covina”, Westfield Eastland, and The Heights as West Covina. In addition to an extensive network of parks and recreation activities the city also has a the recently completed West Covina Sportsplex. The Civic Center complex which includes the Los Angeles County Regional Library and the Citrus Municipal Court building and the City offices are also located in West Covina.
West Covina offers an established suburban lifestyle with perks…great shopping, fine and casual dining, recreational and fitness facitlies, and more.
As part of the pro-active redevelopment efforts of the city’s business districts, it has successfully attracted many popular restaurant chains, retail stores, dealerships, and other businesses to the city.
According to the City’s 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are: Citris Valley Medical Center – Queen of the Valley, West Covina Unified School District.
West Covina is mostly served by the West Covina Unified School District. Some portions of West Covina are also served by the Covina Valley Unified School District and Rowland Unified School District. Half of the residents of the affluent South Hills neighborhood of West Covina have the option of choosing either West Covina Unified School District (WCUSD) or Covina Valley Unified School District (CVUSD).
International Polytechnic High School (I-Poly), a public school located at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, is also available to high school students who go through an application process.