Whittier, California, City and Higher Education Info

Information about Whittier

Whittier, California, is home to 87,318 residents, according to 2014 U.S. Census Bureau estimates. Whittier's close proximity to Los Angeles provides abundant opportunities for professional, recreational and educational pursuits, and its location in southern California means that residents are close to dozens of beaches, mountains, ski resorts and other centers for outdoor activity.

Whittier itself is a mere 14.8 square miles, most of which is dedicated to residences and commercial space. The greater Los Angeles area is home to professional sporting teams, such as the Los Angeles Lakers and L.A. Clippers of the National Basketball League and the L.A. Dodgers of Major League Baseball. Art and cultural institutions are prevalent in Los Angeles County and include the Getty Center and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Weather in Whittier, and in the Los Angeles basin as a whole, is mild year-round, rarely reaching above 80 degrees in summer or falling below 50 degrees in winter.


Whittier is home to Whittier College, a private liberal arts college known for its diverse student body and for being the alma mater of Richard Milhous Nixon, the 37th president of the United States. Also located in Whittier are Rio Hondo College, a public 2-year school with roughly 16,260 students as of Fall 2014, and Southern California University of Health Sciences, a small private school that offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees, as well as undergraduate certificates.

Economy and Employment

Major industries in Whittier include manufacturing, wholesale trade, retail trade, finance, insurance and professional services. PIH Health Hospital and Interhealth Corporation were the top employers in Whittier in 2014, followed by Rio Hondo Community College, Los Angeles County Sanitation and Sanitation Districts of LA. Other major employers included the Whittier Hospital Medical Center, Rose Hills Memorial Park and Fedex Freight. The median household income in Whittier was $65,583 per year for 2010-2014, according to U.S. Census Bureau; this was higher than the statewide median income of $61,489.

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