Rancho Cucamonga, CA, City and Higher Education Info

An anchor city of the Inland Empire region of California, Rancho Cucamonga is home to a public community college and a technical institute. Keep reading to find out more about this city and the schools nearby.

Information about Rancho Cucamonga

Rancho Cucamonga, California, lies beneath the San Gabriel Mountains in San Bernardino County's Inland Empire. This community of about 174,300 residents (based on 2014 U.S. census estimates) boasts a median household income of just over $77,000 per year, according to census data from 2010-2014. The population is nearly 43% Caucasian, about 35% Hispanic, 10.4% Asian and 9.2% African-American, as reported in the 2010 U.S. census. The name 'Cucamonga' comes from the Shoshone language and is thought to mean 'red rock.' The city of Los Angeles is about 50 miles to the west.

Rancho Cucamonga is just minutes away from a major NASCAR speedway. Visitors can participate in wine tastings at local vineyards or watch live theater at the Lewis Family Playhouse. The mountains that separate San Bernardino County from the Los Angeles Basin are rife with opportunities for hiking, horseback riding and other outdoor pursuits, while the nearby city of Pomona is home to the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum. To the west, Los Angeles offers a plethora of attractions within a short day's drive, from Anaheim's Disneyland Resorts to the ethnic neighborhoods of Los Angeles and Santa Monica's and Venice's beachfront districts.

Higher Education

About 18 schools are found within 15 miles of the city, including Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, and Pomona College. Rancho Cucamonga has one college in its city limits. Chaffey College, a two-year community and technical school, is Rancho Cucamonga's only public college. It serves nearly 20,000 students and offers certificates and associate's degrees. California State Polytechnic University-Pomona is located nearby, with a Fall 2014 enrollment of nearly 24,000 people.

Economy and Employment

Top employers in are Rancho Cucamonga Amphastar Pharmaceutical, Southern California Edison, Mercury Casualty, Big Lots, Frito-Lay, CMC Steel Fabricators and Bass Pro Shops. Other prime employers in the city include Target, Albertsons, Macy's, and Wal-Mart.


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