The city of Upland is cushioned at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains in San Bernardino County, California. Upland city is located 40 miles east of Los Angeles along Interstate I-10. It is also bordered by Rancho Cucamonga (to the east), Ontario (to the south), and Claremont (to the west). The city is part and parcel of the Inland Empire, a metropolitan area situated directly east of LA.
The city was initially an irrigation colony that was established by George and William Chaffey. The area was already a big citrus production area at the time of its incorporation in 1906, Upland (originally named North Ontario) took shape as a small rural town grounded in an agricultural base.
With the onset of the 20th century, the city settled into a residential and retail community. It however kept its country and urban flavor while absorbing the cultural influence of its large neighbor to the west, Los Angeles. It is known by its nickname, “The City of Gracious Living”. Upland today is a varied city which still retains its original small town charisma.
Points of Interest in Upland
The historic Downtown Upland is a quiet leisurely place replete with antique stores, custom shops, and fine restaurants.
The city is also home to a number of annual happenings and holidays. These include: The Annual Upland Lemon Festival (April), this is multi-faceted event which features a carnival, an arts and crafts fair, a children’s fair, and three stages with live entertainment.
The evenings on Thursdays from April to October, the Town Center is host to the “Second Avenue Market”. This is a farmers market and street fair. It is unique because it includes live music, food, children rides, and many more fun activities.
“A Taste of Upland” is an event hosted in May that celebrates a century of fine dining and, as the city motto states, gracious living.
At the end of the year in December, Upland hosts the Children’s Christmas Parade. This is an annual holiday event.
The adjacent area of Southern California is the scene of many extraordinary attractions. A short drive will get visitors to these places and also to a wide variety of entertaining areas. This includes a multitude of area beaches and the mountain resorts of Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear.
The racial makeup of Upland was 48,364 (65.6%) White (44.2% Non-Hispanic White), 5,400 (7.3%) African American, 522 (0.7%) Native American, 6,217 (8.4%) Asian, 159 (0.2%) Pacific Islander, 9,509 (12.9%) from other races, and 3,561 (4.8%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 28,035 persons (38.0%).
The city has the Cable Airport, the nearby Ontario International Airport and the more distant L.A international Airport for commercial flights. The area also has the metro link commuter rail system on the San Bernardino Line.
The City’s 2014 Annual Financial Report places the top employers as San Antonio Community Hospital, Upland Unified School District, City of Upland, and Walmart among others.
The city’s airport, The Cable Airport, which is the biggest family owned, public uses and the general aviation airport.