Pomona, which was named after the Roman goddess of fruit, is the seventh largest city in Los Angeles County and lies about 27 miles east of L.A. Boasting a year-round Mediterranean climate, apartment renters living here will enjoy year-round sunshine and mild temperatures, plenty of recreational amenities, an arts district, and convenient proximity to prestigious higher education institutions.
Pomona was incorporated in 1888 and became a charter city by 1911. Once a bedroom community for L.A., the city now has an estimated 149,056 people, making it the 35th most populous in California and 161st in the country.
For year-round festivities, visit the Arts Colony, which collects galleries, murals, artists' lofts, sculpture and historic architecture in a neighborhood near downtown. Your best introduction to this creative community is the Art Walk, held every second Saturday of the month. Street performances and restaurant discounts are often part of the evening. If you prefer more visceral thrills, head to the Auto Club Raceway, nationally renowned for its regular drag races.
A car is your best bet for getting around the neighborhood, so ample parking for several cars is typically included with the rent. However, public transportation is also available via the buses of Foothill Transit. For quicker commutes to big population centers, Metrolink has one rail station.
You won't have to leave the neighborhood to get your degree because of all the educational options available near the apartment you rent. Cal Poly is only one of seven polytechnic universities in the USA. Pomona College is known for its liberal arts curriculum, and Western University serves the medical field with graduate level training.
The city's original agricultural employment base has expanded to include medicine, motion picture and video production, and education, so you won't lack for job opportunities. Top employers include the city's Unified School District, Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, Cal Poly and the Lanterman Developmental Center.