Introduction to La Verne, California

La Verne is situated in Los Angeles County. The city was established in 1887 and was incorporated in 1906. The city is located in the foothills of the San Gabriel-Pomona Valleys. Los Angeles is 35 miles away from La Verne. It's home to the University of La Verne.


In the 1830s Governor Juan Bautista Alvarado gave Don Palomares a 15,000 acre land grant. The land he acquired is now comprised of the cities of Glendora, Claremont, San Dimas, Pomona and La Verne. During the mid-1880s an enterprenuer named Issac W. Lord bought a portion of the land that Jose Palomares owned and was able to persuade the Santa Fe Railroad to place its railroad line heading to Los Angeles through his property.

In 1887 he divided the land into numerous lots which he sold and named the new town Lordsburg. While the land boom was occurring, he constructed the Lordsburg Hotel. By the time the hotel construction was finished the demand for property in the city had significantly diminished and the hotel was vacant for several years. A small group of members of the German Baptist Brethren Church purchased the hotel and convinced others of the denomination that the land was an excellent location for higher education.

They established Lordsburg College in 1891. During this era the region became covered with a variety of field crops and citrus trees. In 1917 after the death of Issac W. Lord the community decided to change the name of the town to La Verne which was the name of a unincorporated village in the area. La Verne was recognized as a thriving citrus growing area. However, after World War II ended the vast majority of the orange groves were removed in order to build homes.

Attractions in the Area

  • Pomona Raceway.
  • Fairplex Exposition Complex.
  • Mountain Meadows Golf Course.
  • Claremont Heritage.
  • Raymond W. Alf Museum of Paleontology.
  • Pacific Railroad Museum.

Higher Education

La Verne is home to the private non-profit University of La Verne. The university was originally named Lordsburg College. The University of La Verne is comprised of the following:

  • College of Arts & Sciences.
  • College of Education and Organizational Leadership.
  • School of Continuing Education.
  • College of Law.
  • College of Business & Public Management.


Total Population 31,920
Male Share of the Population 49.2%
Female Share of the Population 50.8%
Senior Citizens 18.4%
Employed Population 16+ 13,845
Age of the Population 43


% of people married 50.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 36.7%
Median Earnings25+ $48,183
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,705
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,302


Median Family Income $96,424
% Above Poverty Level 91.8%
% Below Poverty Level 8.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 5.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.3%
% Using Public Transportation 2.8%


People Living Alone 23.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,384
Median House Value $461,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 48.9%
US/American 0.7%
English 7.5%
Irish 10.2%

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

La Verne Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles N of Pomona, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 20 miles NE of Anaheim, California
County Los Angeles
Standard Zip Codes 91750
Phone Area Codes 909
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.1
Longitude -117.766

La Verne Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 1.2 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 68 F
Apr Temp 47 to 74 F
Jul Temp 59 to 89 F
Oct Temp 53 to 80 F
Annual Precip 16.9 inches
Distance 14.4 miles
Jan Temp 45 to 68 F
Apr Temp 49 to 76 F
Jul Temp 62 to 95 F
Oct Temp 56 to 83 F
Annual Precip 14.7 inches
Distance 16.9 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Claremont 35,762 $110,369
Diamond Bar 56,471 $95,487
Montclair 38,025 $53,493
Pomona 151,753 $51,457
San Dimas 34,073 $92,928
Upland 75,542 $69,358

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

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Serves 1,825 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.8

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