Glendale has a population of 200,065, as estimated by the California state government in 2005. Based on this estimate, Glendale is the third largest city in Los Angeles County and the 17th largest city in California. Glendale is bordered by Burbank on the west and by Pasadena on the east, and to the southeast, southwest and northwest by neighborhoods of Los Angeles.
The city is home to several large company offices, including Nestle, the International House of Pancakes, DreamWorks SKG-southern campus, the Walt Disney Company, the regional office of California's State Compensation Insurance Fund, and the software company Nero AG. The Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, a pioneer in cemetery styles, is also located in Glendale. Many celebrities, including Humphrey Bogart, George Burns, Nat King Cole, and Walt Disney have been buried there. Glendale was also home to L. Ron Hubbard's Church of Scientology, and is still home to many Scientology churches and organizations today.
Glendale has the largest Armenian population of any city in the United States, with an estimated 85,000 Armenian American residents, comprising approximately 40% of the city's population. Armenian families have populated Glendale since the 1920s, but the 1970s saw a surge in immigration. Glendale is thick with Armenian influence, reflected by ethnic restaurants, schools, cultural organizations, and the language posted on American businesses and storefront signs.
Attractions in Glendale mostly encompass the downtown area, which plays host to over 200 shops, boutiques, art galleries, antique stores, movie theaters, spas, the Glendale Galleria, the renowned Alex Theatre Performing Arts & Entertainment Center, and the soon to be Americana at Brand. Between the Alex Theatre, A Noise Within, and the Glendale Center Theatre, there are performing arts events just about every night. Downtown Glendale is a popular Southern California destination, marked by a friendly atmosphere, fabulous dining, and terrific shopping.