Located east of Los Angeles in the San Gabriel Valley, West Covina, California, is a larger mid-sized city known for its multitude of dining and shopping opportunities, as well as for its tremendous social diversity. Homebuyers in the area can choose from a wide range of options, including newer single-family houses and townhouses built in the last few years, established houses built in the latter part of the 20th century and well-maintained older houses built in the 40s, 50s and 60s.
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The roots of incorporated West Covina extend back to the early 1920s. Its population now stands at roughly 108,000, and the city ranks as the 66th largest in California. West Covina is home to three extensive shopping complexes, which together house hundreds of stores, as well as dozens of restaurants. The city is also dotted with more than a dozen other shopping centers that offer an array of additional dining and shopping options. West Covina residents have a median household income somewhat above-average for the state of California. Industries in the heavily mixed local economy include manufacturing, healthcare, education and public service. The city's 29 neighborhoods include popular home-buying destinations such as West Puente Valley, City Center and S. Citrus Street/E. Cortez Street.
West Covina sits astride Interstate 10, which extends from Southern California all the way to Florida. As part of Los Angeles County and the Greater Los Angeles area, the city provides access to a wealth of cultural and entertainment opportunities for families and singles alike. Among the many options conveniently located nearby are the Hurst Ranch Historical Center, the Huntington Library, the Fullerton Arboretum, the Columbia Memorial Space Center, Knott's Soak City, Adventure City and Disneyland. The city's public schools have a solid reputation, and post-secondary schools in the area include Whittier College, Azusa Pacific University, ITT Technical Institute and the University of the West. Like the rest of the Los Angeles area, West Covina has a Mediterranean climate featuring hot, dry summers and mild winters. Parks are abundant in the city and in the surrounding communities. Options for recreation at area facilities include swimming, baseball, softball and gymnastics. Hikers and mountain bikers can visit nearby 42-acre Galster Wilderness Park (especially friendly for families and new adult hikers), as well as trails located in Azusa Canyon, Puente Hills and Marshall Canyon. All in all, West Covina provides an excellent mix of convenience, good neighborhoods and outdoor fun.