The city of Rancho Cucamonga, California, is an affluent community of 165,000 residents and situated in the foothills of the majestic San Gabriel Mountains, just 37 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.

This beautiful area was first settled by Native American Indians, who named their village Cucamonga, meaning “sandy place.” During the late 1800s and early 1900s, Rancho Cucamonga was an agricultural community of sprawling citrus farms and vineyards. Agriculture eventually gave way to modern businesses, including small manufacturing companies and several mammoth logistics and distribution centers that provide economic vitality to this community.

Rancho Cucamonga has made it on numerous top rankings lists in recent years. In 2006, Rancho Cucamonga was ranked number 42 on Money Magazine’s “Best Places to Live” list. Business Insider Magazine listed Rancho Cucamonga’s Haven View Estates neighborhood number 13 on its list of “27 Richest Neighborhoods in Southern California.” And, all of Rancho Cucamonga’s four public high schools received silver distinction in U.S. News and World Report’s 2015 ranking of the nation’s high schools.

Rancho Cucamonga is a magnet for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. There are countless hiking trails, nature preserves and parks to explore, some offering vistas with stunning waterfalls.

The Quakes minor league baseball team calls Rancho Cucamonga home, and the stadium is one of the finest in the area, set against a beautiful backdrop of the San Gabriel Mountains. With a very loyal fan base, the Quakes draw crowds to every game.

Retail shoppers can shop 'til they drop at Victoria Gardens, which has both indoor and outdoor shopping and lots of restaurant options to satisfy any palate. Every Saturday there is a farmer’s market at the Terra Vista Town Center in Ranch Cucamonga, where residents can purchase fresh, local produce, meats and other fine foods. In the evenings, choose from your nightlife options, which include breweries and wineries as well as live music venues and eateries. The Lewis Family Playhouse is a great place to catch a play, concert or comedy show.

The median home value in Rancho Cucamonga is $510,300. Residents love the Rancho Etiwando neighborhood for its schools, safe environment and well-maintained properties. The Victoria Gardens area is a planned community that is within walking distance of shops, restaurants and other amenities.

If you want to live in a safe, beautiful city with award-winning schools and easy access to mountains, beaches and downtown LA, then Rancho Cucamonga is worth exploring!