The City of Fontana
The City of Fontana was incorporated on June 25, 1952. The City and its Sphere of Influence (SOI) encompass an area of approximately 52.4 square miles and contain a population of approximately 188,498 people. It is located in San Bernardino County, approximately 50 miles east of Los Angeles. Due to its geographic location, the City is identified as “…the crossroads of the Inland Empire” (Fontana Chamber of Commerce, 2008).
How Fontana Began
Fontana began as an agricultural community in 1913 and became a thriving industrial town by 1942 due to the opening of the Kaiser Steel Mill on the outskirts of town. Kaiser Steel remained a primary source of employment and revenue until 1984 when it ceased operation.
Since then, the City has continued to grow rapidly due to several factors, including:
- Development of Kaiser Permanente Hospital (one of the largest medical facilities in the region)
- Unparalleled population growth stimulating major residential, commercial, and industrial development
Since the year 2000, Fontana has been one of the fastest growing cities in Southern California (Los Angeles Times, 2003). In 2008, after reviewing data from the United States Census Bureau, the National Center for Education Statistics, the National Center for Health Statistics, and the American Bar Association, Best Life magazine deemed Fontana the 24th best place to raise a family in the United States.
Of the first 100 cities chosen by Best Life as outstanding family-oriented communities, Fontana was the fifth best place to raise a family in the State of California.