Whittier is a city in Los Angeles County, California about 12 miles (19 km) southeast of Los Angeles. The city had a population of 85,331 at the 2010 census, up from 83,680 as of the 2000 census, and encompasses 14.7 square miles (38.0 km2). Like nearby Montebello, the city constitutes part of the Gateway Cities. Whittier was incorporated in February 1898 and became a charter city in 1955.  The city is named for the poet John Greenleaf Whittier and is home to Whittier College.

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Population:

Total Population: 86,965
Growth Rate 2010-2014: 1.91%
Growth Rate 2014-2019: 2.51%

Average Household Size: 2.98
Median Age: 36.1
Average Household Income: $83,053

Major Business Categories:

General Commerical Goods: 1,505 businesses
Business and Industry: 518 businesses
Building & Construction: 88 businesses
Restaurants & Hotels: 275 businesses
Fuel & Service Stations: 23 businesses
Food & Drugs: 98 businesses
Auto & Transportation: 251 businesses

Business:

Total Employed: 68,328
Not in Labor Force: 24,025

Largest Employers:

  • PIH Health Hospital 3500
  • Interhealth Corp 2600
  • Community College Rio Hondo 1800
  • Los Angeles County Sanitation 1000
  • Sanitation Districts Of LA 950
  • Whittier Hospital Medical Ctr 850
  • Rose Hills Memorial Park 600
  • Fedex Freight 525
  • Los Angeles Freightliner Inc 400
  • Humana Inc 373
  • Whittier College 325
  • US Post Office 315
  • Bright Health Physicians 300
  • Orchard Post Acute Care 250
  • AC Products Inc 35
  • Epmar Corp 35

Housing:

Number of Dwelling Units: 30,018
Owner occupied: 16,589
Renter occupied: 12,079
Median Home Price: $413,861
Median Rental Rate: $1,124

Education:

Some College: 27.01%
Associate: 8.13%
Bachelor’s Degree: 15.09%
Master’s Degree: 6.15%
Doctorate Degree: 0.88%