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Overview

Introduction to Whittier, California

Located about 12 miles southeast of Los Angeles and about 20 miles northwest of Anaheim, the city of Whittier, California is home to Whittier College and also to the Southern California University of Health Sciences. The city was incorporated in 1898, and like many other southern California communities, underwent a population increase following World War II. Whittier experienced an even more rapid population spike starting in the 1990's. Many of the early settlers of Whittier were followers of the Quaker religion, and its citizens eventually named the city after John Greenleaf Whittier, a respected Quaker poet. Whittier wrote a dedication poem, and to this day is honored with an exhibit at the Whittier museum, a statue located in the park, and another statue representing his poem "The Barefoot Boy" near the City Hall. Although Whittier never set foot there, the city still bears his name and is still rooted in the Quaker tradition.

Whittier has a variety of freeways, including the San Gabriel River Freeway (Interstate-605) which transverses the city's northern end. Other nearby freeways include the Golden State Freeway (Interstate-5), Santa Monica Freeway (Interstate-10), Century Freeway (Interstate-105), Pomona Freeway (California State Highway 60) and the Orange Freeway (California State Highway 57).

Whittier Landmarks and Attractions:

Whittier is home to several landmarks. Some of the more notable of these are: The Casa de Governor Pio Pico (home of the last Mexican Governor of California and a designated California Historical Landmark); Pio Pico Historical State Park; El Camino Real; Mt Olive and Broadway Cemeteries; the Jonathan Bailey House (home of one of Whittier's first settlers); The Historic Whittier Transit Depot; President Richard M. Nixon's First Law Office; and the Whittier Historical Society Museum.

Although located in Los Angeles County, Whittier is less than a 30-minute drive to Anaheim. Consequently, a large array of very popular attractions in both the Los Angeles and Orange County regions are easily accessible from Whittier. Some of these include the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Knott's Berry Farm & Knott's Soak City in Buena Park, Universal Studios in Hollywood, and the Los Angeles Zoo.

Likewise, sports fans can enjoy the same level of access to home games for the following professional teams:

  • Major League Baseball: Dodgers (Los Angeles); L.A. Angels of Anaheim.
  • Professional lacrosse: Los Angeles Riptide (MLL).
  • Pro basketball (Los Angeles): Lakers, Clippers (NBA); Sparks (WNBA).
  • Pro hockey (NHL): Kings (Los Angeles); Mighty Ducks (Anaheim).
  • Pro football: Los Angeles Avengers (AFL).
  • Pro soccer: Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS).

People

Total Population 86,688
Male Share of the Population 48.7%
Female Share of the Population 51.3%
Senior Citizens 12.4%
Employed Population 16+ 39,585
Age of the Population 36

Families

% of people married 44.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 24.2%
Median Earnings25+ $40,699
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,667
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,085

Wealth

Median Family Income $75,831
% Above Poverty Level 87.5%
% Below Poverty Level 12.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 3.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.2%
% Using Public Transportation 3.1%

Housing

People Living Alone 21.8%
Median Gross Rent $1,232
Median House Value $437,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 74.8%
US/American 0.9%
English 4%
Irish 3.9%

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

Whittier Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 12 miles NW of Anaheim, California
County Los Angeles
Standard Zip Codes 90601, 90602, 90603, 90604, 90605, 90606
P.O. Box Zip Codes 90607, 90608, 90609, 90610
Company Zip Codes 90612
Phone Area Codes 562
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.979
Longitude -118.031

Whittier Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station MONTEBELLO
Distance 4.7 miles
Jan Temp 48 to 70 F
Apr Temp 53 to 77 F
Jul Temp 64 to 89 F
Oct Temp 58 to 82 F
Annual Precip 14.4 inches
Station SAN GABRIEL FIRE DEPT
Distance 9.2 miles
Jan Temp 43 to 70 F
Apr Temp 50 to 77 F
Jul Temp 62 to 89 F
Oct Temp 55 to 83 F
Annual Precip 18.5 inches
Station ANAHEIM
Distance 13 miles
Jan Temp 45 to 69 F
Apr Temp 51 to 73 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 56 to 80 F
Annual Precip 11.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

City of Industry (90601)

Los Nietos (90606, 90610)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Hacienda Heights 55,158 $83,364
La Mirada 49,182 $90,142
Montebello 63,530 $54,134
Pico Rivera 63,839 $62,179
Santa Fe Springs 17,162 $64,958
South El Monte 20,483 $42,624

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

Whittier Public Libraries

Library
Whittier Public Library
7344 S. WASHINGTON AVE.
Whittier, California
(562) 464-3452

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Whittier Hospitals

PRESBYTERIAN INTERCOMMUNITY HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
12401 E WASHINGTON BLVD
(526) 698-0811
Emergency Service: Yes

WHITTIER HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
9080 COLIMA RD
(562) 945-3561
Emergency Service: No

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Whittier High Schools

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CALIFORNIA HIGH
9800 S. MILLS AVE.
562-698-8121
Serves 2,618 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.4

WHITTIER HIGH
12417 E. PHILADELPHIA ST.
562-698-8121
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 2,211 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.4

LA SERNA HIGH
15301 E. YOUNGWOOD DR.
562-698-8121
Serves 2,150 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.5

PIONEER HIGH
10800 BEN AVON
562-698-8121
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,702 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.6

FRONTIER HIGH (CONT.)
9401 S. PAINTER
562-698-8121
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 727 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 45.4

SIERRA VISTA HIGH (ALTER.)
9401 SOUTH PAINTER AVE.
562-698-8121
A Non-traditional School
Serves 488 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 40.7

NELLES (FRED C.) HIGH
11850 E. WHITTIER BLVD.
562-698-6781
Serves 367 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.1

EL CAMINO HIGH (CONT.)
14625 KEESE DR.
562-944-0033
A Non-traditional School
Serves 358 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.9

EASTERN COMMUNITY DAY
5777 S. LOCKHEED
562-692-1497
A Non-traditional School
Serves 249 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.6

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