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Rancho Cucamonga, CA (Population: 161,000)

Located approximately 37 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, Rancho Cucamonga is a city in San Bernadino County with a population of over 161,000 people. The name “Cucamonga” is believed to have been derived from a Shoshone word meaning “sandy place.” The city is the historical location where California's most famous trails (the Mojave Trail, the Old Spanish Trail, the Santa Fe Trail, U.S. Route 66, the Butterfield Stagecoach Route, and El Camino Real converge. Considered one of the most affluent cities in the Inland Empire, Rancho Cucamonga is rapidly becoming a major real estate destination for middle class Hispanics, African Americans, and Asian Americans. The influx of this cultural mix makes Rancho Cucamonga an increasingly diverse community.

Backdropped by the spectacular San Gabriel mountains, Rancho Cucamonga boasts well-planned communities and stunning architecture in addition to a family-inspired quality of life. With weather typical to Southern California, the city retains a rich heritage of orchards, ranchos, vineyards and wineries. These qualities are reflected in many of the historic buildings that mesh with the modern, suburban developments.

Points of interest within Rancho Cucamonga include the historical Casa de Rancho Cucamonga, the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center, Central Park, and Victoria Gardens Regional Mall. The city is also home to a number of wineries, shops, and dining establishments to suit any appetite. According to the California Retail Survey, Rancho Cucamonga was recently ranked the ninth fastest growing retail market in the state. Visitors and residents alike can enjoy railroading in the Cajon Pass or hot air ballooning high in the Rancho Cucamonga skies. Sports fans can catch a Rancho Cucamonga Quakes minor leaque baseball game at the RC Epicenter stadium. Golf lovers, be sure to check out the Arnold Palmer-signature Empire Lakes championship golf course. Whether you live here, or you're visiting for business or pleasure, or just passing through, there is something for everyone in Rancho Cucamonga.