Located just 30 miles east of Los Angeles is the city of Pomona, named after the Roman goddess of fruit. This Southern California city has a diverse population of 152,476. In its early years, vineyards, citrus orchards and olive groves played a huge role in the economy of this California city. Today, the major business sectors in Pomona are agriculture, retail and hospitality.

Despite its close proximity to LA, Pomona is also only 16 miles from Mt. Baldy, a great destination for skiing and hiking.

Pomona hosts many popular festivals and events throughout the year. The Downtown Collectors Street Faire, located on the famous Antique Row, combines a festival with a marketplace, and all the antiques stores participate in this well-attended event. The Art Walk is a monthly event where galleries all over the city open late to showcase recent exhibits of art, jewelry and pottery. The Chalk Art Festival, hosted every fall, is a colorful event where the sidewalks come alive with illustrations by budding artists, professionals and local residents.

If music and theater are more your thing, head over to the Glass House Pomona for a theatrical performance or a concert, or check out the Fox Theater, where you can see musical performances by local and regional bands.

Pomona boasts a fine selection of restaurants and bars, and whether it’s Mexican, Cuban, Irish or American, there is something for everyone. If you love to cook, there is a weekly farmer’s market that offers locally grown produce, breads and more.

Pomona is home to California State Polytechnic University, which offers bachelor’s, masters and doctorate degrees. The university, with over 20,000 students, is a part of a small group of polytechnic universities in the U.S. that focus on technology and applied sciences.

If you are a classic car enthusiast, a great place to buy or sell or simply look is the Pomona Swap Meet and Classic Car Show. Seven times a year, huge crowds of car-lovers gather to scope out cars and parts.

The median home value in Pomona is $419,600. Neighborhoods along Rio Rancho Road and Pomona Boulevard are very popular and safe.

If the idea of living in a diverse Southern California city appeals to you, Pomona may be a good fit for you.