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Founded Since 1850
La Cañada Flintridge, meaning “glen between the hills,” was incorporated as a general law city in November 1976. A quiet, family-oriented lifestyle centered on children and community is central to the city’s 20,576 residents. The La Cañada Unified School District consistently ranks in the top five percent of California School Districts. In addition to a top-ranking Unified School District, La Cañada Flintridge is also home to ten top-ranked private schools which play an important role in the community. Service organizations are an integral part of the community with volunteers contributing more than 250,000 hours to civic causes each year.
La Cañada Flintridge has always been known for its strong sense of community. Public safety is provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Los Angeles County Fire Department. La Cañada Flintridge is home to the world-renowned Jet Propulsion Laboratory, an L.A. County Public Library, Descanso Gardens (botanical collections and seasonal horticultural displays), The Lanterman House (a historical museum and veritable time capsule of early 20th century Southern California), a community center with an extensive curriculum and activities for all ages, an active Chamber of Commerce for residents as well as business, city hall and a beautiful town center with shops and restaurants.
There are approximately 24 miles of city and county trails that wind through the town and surrounding foothills. The riding and hiking trails contribute greatly to the town’s semi-rural atmosphere and quality of life. The multi-use recreational trails attract hikers, equestrians, bicyclists, dog walkers, runners and everyone wishing to enjoy the beauty of nature so close to home. In 2010, the 40-year effort to close the gap in the city-core circular trail was realized with the completion of the 12-mile “loop trail.” With many conveniently marked trail access points, trail users can circumnavigate the entire system from neighborhoods both north and south of Foothill Boulevard.