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Ontario, California, City and Higher Education Information

Ontario, California, is an emerging city in a fast-growing portion of the state. Part of the Inland Empire, Ontario has a few colleges and career or specialty schools in its city limits with plenty of postsecondary options in nearby cities. Keep reading to learn more about the population, economy and schools in Ontario.

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Information about Ontario

Located in San Bernardino County, Ontario is situated on the east side of the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area and is within commuting distance of downtown L.A. Riverside, a core city of the Inland Empire region of the state, is also within easy reach. Ontario's population of approximately 169,089, based on 2014 U.S. census estimates, is culturally very mixed and features a significant Hispanic community, with 69% of the population reported as being of Hispanic or Latino descent, according to 2010 census data.

Parks near to Ontario include Cucamonga Guasti Regional Park and San Bernardino National Forest. Scandia Amusement Park is a popular destination for family outings and offers rides, race cars, bumper cars, mini golf, a batting cage and restaurants. The area also features the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum in nearby Pomona and the future home of the eastern L.A. region's largest indoor arena, the Citizens Business Bank Arena.

Higher Education

Although there aren't any public and private non-profit schools in the city, there are 20 schools within 15 miles of the town. These schools include Chaffey College, Keck Graduate Institute, and Scripps College. Other schools found in the area are California State Polytechnic University in Pomona (Cal Poly), Harvey Mudd College in Claremont and the University of La Verne in the town of La Verne. Cal Poly Pomona was ranked the 31st best university in the West by U.S. News & World Report in 2016.

Mt. San Antonio College is a large 2-year public school located in nearby Walnut, CA. It offers certificates and associate's degrees and had a Fall 2014 enrollment of about 29,000 students. Claremont McKenna College, ranked the 9th best liberal arts college in the country by U.S. News & World Report as of 2016, is about 7.6 miles away from Ontario.

Economy and Employment

One of the largest employers in the city is Ontario International Airport. Other top employers in San Bernardino county include BNSF Railway Co., Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, and Colton Joint Unified School District. For the city, 2012 census data reported that administrative and support and waste management and remediation services employed about 20,000 people. Transportation and warehousing employed nearly 15,500 people, while retail trade employed nearly 13,700 people.

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