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Pomona, California, City and Higher Education Info

Pomona, California, is a suburb of Los Angeles on the eastern border of Los Angeles County. Several colleges and universities that offer undergraduate and graduate degrees and career certificates can be found in Pomona. Read about the population, attractions and school options in Pomona below.

Information about Pomona

Sometimes considered the first city of the state's Inland Empire region, Pomona, California, is located in Los Angeles County and is part of the Los Angeles-Long Beach metropolitan area. The nearest large cities are Anaheim and L.A. itself, which are about 20 and 30 miles away, respectively.

The population of Pomona was 153,350 in 2014 U.S. census estimates. The residents of Pomona are primarily Hispanic; 70.5% reported this ethnicity in the 2010 U.S. census. An additional 12.5% of residents were white, 8.5% were Asian, and 7.3% were African American.

Attractions in Pomona include the Los Angeles County Fair in September through October, the NHRA Motorsports Museum and the Edison historic district. Angeles National Forest is north of the city in the mountains that cut off the sprawl of greater L.A., from the less-populated valleys beyond. The wider Los Angeles metropolitan area is home to such sights as the Hollywood district, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Watts Towers and the Hollywood Bowl performance venue.

Higher Education

The city of Pomona has 3 public and private non-profit postsecondary learning institutions. California State Polytechnic University, part of the California State University system, has its campus here. As of Fall 2014, the school enrolled nearly 24,000 students.

Also in the city, Pomona Unified School District's Adult and Career Education has programs for about 400 students, while Western University of Health Sciences offers graduate degrees to about 3,800 students.

Colleges and universities in nearby cities include the University of La Verne, about 5 miles away in the town of La Verne, and Claremont Graduate University, Claremont McKenna College and Claremont School of Theology, also all about 5 miles away. Harvey Mudd College, Keck Graduate Institute, Pitzer College and Scripps College can all be found in nearby Claremont.

Economy and Employment

According to 2012 census data, health care and social assistance employed about 9,000 people. Manufacturing employed about 4,500 people, while retail trade employed about 3,300 people. Top employers include the Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, California Acrylic Industries, Verizon, Hayward Industries, Wal-Mart and Pioneer Electronics.


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