About 50 miles east of Los Angeles lies the city of Fontana, and with a population of 207,460, it is the 19th most populated city in the state.
In the early 1900s, Fontana was an agricultural town of citrus orchards, vineyards and chicken ranches, but during World War II Henry Kaiser built the largest steel mill in the area. Kaiser also constructed the Kaiser Permanente medical facility for his employees, which today is the largest managed care organization in the U.S., employing many Fontana residents. After Fontana's steel industry phased out, the city’s economy became driven by industrial sectors, particularly trucking and related industries. Fontana is home to NASCAR’s new Auto Club Speedway, which infuses significant revenues into Fontana, as thousands of fans flock to the region each year for the auto races.
Besides the excitement of the races, Fontana offers many other things to see and do. The premier destination in Fontana is a hike on Mount Jurupa, located on the outskirts of the city. If you make it to the peak, you will be rewarded by breathtaking views of the city. Spend a relaxing day at Fontana, which offers a skate park, playgrounds and even a dog park. Fontana is situated near three major ski resort destinations, so just take your pick amongst Big Bear, Lake Arrowhead and Mountain High. Fontana’s Sierra Lakes Golf Club is a new 18-hole championship public golf course designed by Ted Robinson, an internationally acclaimed golf course architect.
For entertainment, check out the Center Stage Theater, which was originally constructed in 1932, but recently renovated. This landmark venue has a movie theater and also plays host to numerous live performances.
There are several top-notch wineries in the area to tour, and Fontana offers a plethora of international restaurants, including Asian, Thai, Mexican and some good old Texas BBQ.
The median home value in Fontana is $378,377. A very popular neighborhood in Fontana is Hunter’s Ridge, which is close to the foothills, with good school systems and amenities a short drive away. Coyote Canyon, adjacent to Hunter’s Ridge, is also very popular.
If living in California appeals to you, but not the big ticket prices of Los Angeles, Fontana may be the city for you.