The city of Glendale is a thriving community located in a spectacular setting at the base of the Verdugo Mountains just north of downtown Los Angeles. It is the third largest city in Los Angeles County, with a population of 200,000. The city covers more than 30 square miles. Its wide, shaded streets and excellent transportation system make getting around safe and convenient.
Glendale is a very cosmopolitan city with a rich cultural mix: More than half of its residents were born in another country, and more than 60 different languages are spoken among the students in the city's schools. It is a safe community with wide shaded streets, excellent transportation and friendly people of varied backgrounds.
Life in Glendale is made more pleasant by a climate characterized by warm, dry summers and mild, sometimes rainy, winter days. During the fall and winter months the unique Santa Ana wind conditions affect the local weather and bring warm, dry air from the northeast, which results in a temperate climate. Snowfall is confined to the region's nearby mountains. The average high temperature in Glendale is 77 degrees, and the average rainfall is 17.82 inches per year.
Glendale and its surrounding communities offer a wide range of job opportunities. Within the past few years, Glendale has become one of the major financial centers in Southern California - and by some estimates, the third-largest financial center in the entire state of California. The city's economy is dominated primarily by retail and service industries. Wholesale and manufacturing also play a minor role.
Education and Childcare
Glendale is committed to providing a safe and supportive school environment for any age student and values high quality teaching and learning.
Other nearby institutions of higher learning include:
- Occidental College
- University of Southern California (USC)
- California Institute of Technology
- University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA)
Shopping and Recreation
From small family-owned businesses to high-end boutiques, Glendale offers a wide range of shopping choices. Well-known shopping spots include:
- The Glendale Galleria, one of Southern California's largest shopping malls
- The Americana at Brand, is large outdoor shopping community that features shops and condominiums
- A lively shopping district throughout Downtown Glendale.
Cultural opportunities abound, including numerous fine-dining establishments of all ranges of cultures and flavors, a symphony orchestra, and live theater houses. In addition, Glendale offers a number of movie theatres, small art galleries, historic sites and community events.
There are more than 30 parks in Glendale for recreation and enjoyment. In addition, there are six libraries throughout the city including the Brand Library, which houses an art gallery and music collection.
Glendale is just minutes away from the Los Angeles Zoo, Griffith Park, and other major Los Angeles attractions, including the recreation areas of the Angeles National Forest. Pasadena is 10 minutes away, Hollywood is 15 minutes, and downtown Los Angeles is about 20 minutes away. Beaches, ski resorts and desert recreational centers are all a short drive away from the city.