It was in the second half of the 19th century when Teodore Verdugo erected the Verdugo Abode and later on his descendants sold off the land for the purpose of development. Glendale came into existence in the year 1884, when the residents came together with an intention to form a township. Currently, it is the 9th safest city in the USA with a population greater than 100,000.
A part of the Verdugos area, Glendale shares its borders with various neighborhoods of the LA County.
- Griffith Park and Burbank on the western side
- Pasadena and Eagle Rock on the eastern side
- Atwater village on the southern side
- Tujunga and Sun Valley lie on the northwestern side
- La Crescenta and La Cañada Flintridge are towards the northeastern side
- Glassell Park is on the southeastern side
Glendale CA has an area of 30.63 sq. miles and according to the latest estimates the population of 200,167. The population density is commensurate with the average density for the County of Los Angeles. But Glendale is one of the densely populated cities in the Verdugos. The population is highly eclectic from the viewpoint of both the LA County and the Verdugos.
Glendale experiences Mediterranean climate with extreme temperature swings throughout the year. It is common during summers for the temperature to soar over 100 degrees. The winters are usually moderately cold. But during some years the temperature can drop below zero and it snows in Glendale. Thunderstorms are a common phenomenon during winters. Nevertheless, the spring and fall seasons are very pleasant.
Glendale CA is served by the Glendale Unified School District, which manages the public schools in the cities. There are 20 elementary schools, 4 middle schools, and 5 high schools. Besides, it also runs a school for students who have special needs; and the Verdugo academy for the homeschooled children. There is a Glendale Community College as well. Moreover, there are some private schools as well. Some of them are Armenian schools that were started taking into account the presence of a large Armenian community in the city.
The city is known to have 50 public parks; The Bonsall Park, Paseo Racquet Center and Park, Hidden Meadows Park, Orangewood Park to name a few. Most of them are very lavish parks that have children’s play area, picnic benches, barbecue pits, playgrounds, trail ways, lighted basketball courts, racquetball courts, volleyball courts and tennis courts. There are recreation centers with special facilities. Some of them have golf courses, dog parks, gyms, restaurants and special support programs for the adults.
Glendale CA enjoys a robust economy with well-flourished industrial development in the region. Nestlé has based its US headquarter in Glendale. International House of Pancakes is the US-based chain of specialized restaurants that has its headquarter in Glendale and so does Avery Dennison, a bigwig from the packaging industry. The subsidiary of German software development company Nero AG operates in Glendale as well. Not to mention the presence of Dreamworks Animation, Marvel Animation, Disney Interactive and DisneyToon Studios in the region. Glendale Adventist Medical Center, Glendale Unified School District, Glendale Memorial Medical Center and Glendale Community College also employ the major part of city’s working populace.
The Glendale Galleria is the third largest shopping precinct in the County of Los Angeles. It has large retail outlets like Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, JCPenney, and Target. Zara will soon be added to the list too.
Glendale CA has been mentioned a couple of times in the popular TV sitcom The Big Bang Theory. Sheldon Cooper once refers to his girlfriend Amy Farrah Fowler as a ‘hotsy-totsy from Glendale’. Also when once Sheldon was learning to drive on the simulator, Leonard asked him how he managed to get on the second floor of the Glendale Galleria.
Glendale has been a home to many a prominent personalities in the world of arts and entertainment. Shia LaBeouf, Paul Walker, Eva Mendes, Edward Furlong, Robert Englund are few of the many celebs who have had or still have their names associated with the city of Glendale.