Introduction to San Fernando, California

San Fernando, California, in Los Angeles County, is 9 miles SE of Santa Clarita, California (center to center) and 19 miles NW of Los Angeles, California. The city is located in the Los Angeles-Long Beach metropolitan area.

San Fernando History

With a history dating back almost two centuries, the city of San Fernando was named in honor of a Spanish Saint/King. Initially, the the area supported only ranching activities centered around Mission de San Fernando Rey, but by the early 1800s, the community had grown to accommodate a trading center. In the 1840s, the area experienced a gold rush as gold nuggets were discovered in a nearby canyon. By 1876, the railroad had arrived, and the community blossomed into a vibrant center of manufacturing and commerce.

San Fernando and Nearby Attractions

  • San Fernando Branch County of Los Angeles Public Library.
  • San Fernando City Hall.
  • Layne Park.
  • La Rinda Shopping Center.

Things To Do In San Fernando

The city's rich and varied cultural heritage is reflected in the historic buildings like the public library and the city hall. Visitors to this city can enjoy a sweeping view of the panoramic San Gabriel foothills and also enjoy the big city benefits with downtown Los Angeles only minutes away. Amusement parks like the Layne Park, the Las Palmas Park and the Glenoaks Park offer excellent recreational facilities for visitors to enjoy. In addition, one can also meander through the numerous shops and plazas dotting the streets of the city.

San Fernando Transportation

Air transportation is available from Los Angeles International Airport.

San Fernando Higher Education

The local college is Los Angeles Mission College.


Total Population 24,296
Male Share of the Population 51.9%
Female Share of the Population 48.1%
Senior Citizens 8.7%
Employed Population 16+ 10,581
Age of the Population 32


% of people married 44.6%
Average household size 4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 12%
Median Earnings25+ $30,413
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,947
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,360


Median Family Income $56,162
% Above Poverty Level 81.1%
% Below Poverty Level 18.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 0.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.7%
% Using Public Transportation 4.5%


People Living Alone 14.5%
Median Gross Rent $1,165
Median House Value $323,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 84.1%
US/American 0%
English 0.5%
Irish 1%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

San Fernando Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 9 miles SE of Santa Clarita, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 19 miles NW of Los Angeles, California
County Los Angeles
Standard Zip Codes 91340, 91344, 91345
P.O. Box Zip Codes 91341, 91346
Phone Area Codes 818
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.281
Longitude -118.438

San Fernando Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 9.1 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 68 F
Apr Temp 50 to 75 F
Jul Temp 62 to 89 F
Oct Temp 54 to 82 F
Annual Precip 17.4 inches
Distance 10 miles
Jan Temp 40 to 68 F
Apr Temp 45 to 78 F
Jul Temp 57 to 95 F
Oct Temp 49 to 84 F
Annual Precip 17.7 inches
Station U C L A
Distance 14.9 miles
Jan Temp 49 to 66 F
Apr Temp 53 to 69 F
Jul Temp 62 to 77 F
Oct Temp 59 to 75 F
Annual Precip 18.6 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, San Fernando, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Granada Hills (91344)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Beverly Hills 34,663 $136,726
Burbank 104,725 $81,902
Calabasas 24,075 $124,806
Glendale 196,984 $62,543
Santa Clarita 179,950 $92,110
West Hollywood 35,332 $80,325

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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San Fernando High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

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A Title I School.
Serves 4,602 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.8

A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 95 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.8

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