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Diamond Bar, California
Beautiful Diamond Bar is Nestled Amid Hills Outside of Los Angeles in Southern California and Boasts a Rich Quality of Life
Diamond Bar is a beautiful, well-to-do city nestled amid hills about 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. Scenic San Gabriel Valley and mountain views are standard.
The city began as one of the West's largest cattle ranches and was then developed into a master-planned community in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Today it is primarily residential, safe, quiet and has one of the best public school systems in the state. Beaches, deserts and mountains are all less than an hour away. A strong parks and recreation department, a farmers' market, concerts in the park, five clubs specifically for older adults, numerous annual events, including the Fun Fall Festival and the Winter Snow Fest, create a strong sense of community and ensure a rich quality of life. Shopping centers and excellent restaurants are easy to find. Lush neighborhoods boast some extraordinary hillside homes.
Population: 55,000 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 43%
Cost of Living: 105% above the national average
Median Home Price: $1 million
Climate: This area has a subtropical Mediterranean climate. Summer temperatures are in the 70s and 80s, and winter temperatures are in 40s, 50s and 60s. On average, the area receives 16 inches of rain per year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but Pomona Valley Medical Center is just seven miles away and accepts Medicare patients.
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but Pomona Valley Medical Center is just seven miles away and is accredited.
Public Transit: Yes, and the parks and recreation department has a dial-a-ride program for people age 60+.
Crime Rate: Below the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Very liberal
College Educated: 52%
Is California Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? No
Cons: Diamond Bar sits between the ends of two fault lines, making the earthquake risk 715% higher than the national average. Wildfires have come close in the past.
Notes: The city has maintained its population within the last decade. Some professional athletes and minor celebrities live here. Home prices have increased 16% since a year ago.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
Thanks to the treaty that ended the Mexican-American War, the Golden State became a U.S. territory in 1847. Soon after, gold was found at Sutter's Mill. The land crowded with fortune seekers, and, shortly thereafter, California entered the Union as its 31st state in 1850.
California has 900 miles of coastline and claims the highest and lowest point in the continental U.S. Its terrain varies dramatically - from sandy beaches to rugged mountains, deserts to fertile farmland. Landmarks like Hollywood, Disneyland, and the Golden Gate Bridge play a large part in the nation's history and imagination.
Although Texas and New York have tried to close the gap, California's economy continues to be nation's largest. Agriculture, manufacturing, biotechnology, and tourism are some of its leading industries.
Cities of the Golden State have put some odd laws on the books. It's illegal to molest a monarch in Pacific Grove. Want to throw a frisbee on an L.A. County beach? Better ask a lifeguard first. What about bowling on the sidewalks of Chico? Strictly forbidden!
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