The city of Covina, California, CA

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About The City of Covina, California, CA

About Covina, CA

The city of Covina seated with most of the SGV as part of a Rancho. Covina was purchased from the Puente Rancho by John Edward Hollenbeck in 1842. 

The city got its name when an engineer was hired to survey the future city. He was impressed by the way the mountains created a natural cove around the contras in the middle. It came from the combination of “cove” and “vine.” 

Covina was incorporated in 1901 and became the third most prominent producer of citrus Frits like oranges and grapefruits until the 50s when the farmland was replaced by housing. 

The city of Covina is the sister city to Xalapa, Mexico, and has a giant Olmec head replica in front of the police station that honors that connection. 

Covina, CA FAQ

Is Covina, CA, a good place to live?

Covina is a safe neighborhood with plenty of restaurants and schools. Every second block has street sellers, which I find to be a plus. It’s a peaceful neighborhood that is ideal for families. There are other surrounding schools and smaller neighborhood family activities.

Is Covina considered Los Angeles?

It is a component of Greater Los Angeles and is situated in the eastern San Gabriel Valley, 19 miles (31 km) east of Downtown Los Angeles.

What is Covina, CA, famous for?

Covina, which was founded in 1882, is a peaceful, family-friendly suburb with excellent nearby shopping and a ton of bars and restaurants. You’ll quickly feel at home thanks to the many amenities in the area and the stunning San Gabriel Mountains.

What is the difference between Covina and West Covina?

It is important to distinguish Covina from West Covina. West Covina, which lies south and west of Covina, has a greater land area and a larger population. Covina has a lengthy past. It was inhabited by the Tongva tribe of Native Americans over a period of time ranging from 5,000 to 8,000 years.

Where did Covina get its name from?

Frederick Eaton, a young engineer recruited by Phillips to survey the area, gave the city of Covina its name. Eaton combined the words “cove” and “vine” and gave the new municipality the name Covina in 1885 after being inspired by how the valleys of the nearby San Gabriel Mountains formed a natural cove around the vineyards that had been planted by the area’s previous settlers.

What is the Covina Massacre?

On December 24, 2008, there was a shooting and an arson. Bruce Jeffrey Pardo entered a Christmas party at his ex-house wife’s while dressed as Santa Claus and started shooting. Pardo used a handmade flamethrower that he had received for Christmas to set the house on fire after the shootings. He exited the house to find nine family members dead, and it was in flames. In Sylmar, which is around 30 miles (48 km) away from the incident, Pardo drove his rental car after the carnage. He was later discovered to have committed suicide by shooting himself.

Is Covina close to San Diego, California?

Yes, the driving distance between Covina to San Diego is 117 miles. It takes approximately 2h 2m to drive from Covina to San Diego.

Covina, California Demographics

Age and Household Statistics in Covina

Male Population: 23,706

Female Population: 24,081

Covina Population: 47,787

Median Age: 37.5

Under 5 years old: approx. 5.3%

Under 18 years old: approx. 21.4%

Residents 65 or older: approx. 13.2%

Total Households: 15,296

Average People Per Household: 3

Marital Status Statistics

Never Married: 15,644

Married: 18,070

Separated: 825

Widowed: 2,036

Divorced: 3,923

Racial Statistics (percentages) in Covina

White: 49.0%

Black or African American: 3.1%

American Indian/Native American: 1.6%

Asian: 13.8%

Two or More Races: 13.5%

Hispanic or Latino: 61.3%

Income Statistics in Covina

Average Household Income: $94,603

Median Household Income: $77,913

People below Poverty Level: 4,180

Blue Collar Positions: 5,057

White Collar Positions: 19,301

Education Level in Covina

No High School: 1,880

Some High School: 12,571

Some College: 11,808

Associate Degree: 2,747

Bachelor’s Degree: 6,511

Graduate Degree: 2,435

  • “One Mile Square and All There” was the slogan when the incorporated area was one square mile.
  • The Tongva people were the original inhabitants of the area where Covina is now.
  • Frederick Eaton, an engineer hired by Phillips to survey the land, named Covina. It was a combination of the words cove and vine.
  • The city was covered by orange and grapefruit groves.
  • It was the setting of the comic strip Harold Teen.
  • There are a number of movies and shows filmed in Covina.
    • Waynes World (1992)
    • Boogie Nights (1997)
    • The Nice Guys (2016)
    • Roswell (1992-2002)
    • Knight Rider (1982-1986)

Climate of Covina, CA

Most of the cities in the SGV share a similar weather pattern and climate. 

The particular city of Covina averages between 45F and 91F, and anything outside of that range is abnormal. 

Overall the weather in the area is Mediterranean in nature. 

During the summer, the average is in the 80s F and is fairly warm and dry.

During the winter months, the average is in the high 60s F to low 70s F. The overall feel is cool, somewhat humid, and has an arid feel. 

Covina, California, CA Points of Interest

Covina Center For The Performing Arts

Located at 104 N Citrus Ave, Covina, CA 91723

Alosta Brewing Co.

Located at 692 Arrow Grand Cir, Covina, CA 91722. This brewery offers a tasting room, trivia nights, and a game room.

H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III Cultural and Art Museum

Located at 170 E School St, Covina, CA 91723, the museum has a significant collection of calligraphic and painted works, including western oil paintings, Chinese paintings, splash-ink paintings, and other works from different artistic movements.