“First City of the Valley”
As you enter the City of San Fernando along picturesque,
palm-lined Brand Boulevard, you discover a community rich in
California history dating back almost two centuries. Named
in honor of a Spanish Saint/King, San Fernando was selected for
settlement long before the rest of Los Angeles. The City grew
out of the ranching activities surrounding Mission de San Fernando
Rey, whose graceful porticoes still stand today. By the early
1800’s the settlement had blossomed into a small trading
center where farm crop, olives, wine, and thousands of livestock
raised by the resident Indians were bought and sold.
San Fernando enjoyed a brief gold rush in the 1840s when nuggets
were discovered in a nearby canyon. In 1874 , San Fernando
became the valley’s first organized community, thus earning
the title “First City of the Valley”. With the
arrival of the railroad two years later, town lots soared from
$10 apiece to $150.
The City of San Fernando is a community of attractive contrasts.
What was once a land of farms and ranches adjoining the Mission
de San Fernando Rey is now a vibrant center of manufacturing
and commerce. San Fernando enjoys a sweeping view of the panoramic
San Gabriel foothills and a sense of privacy; yet it is only
minutes from downtown Los Angeles and only minutes away from
other centers of commercial activity, thanks to a network of
freeways and nearby airports. The City combines modern metropolitan
conveniences with a close-knit community of friendly, civic-minded
Moreover, San Fernando proudly offers responsive city services,
good access to city government, a large labor pool, a lower
business tax than Los Angeles, and no utility tax. A warm sunny
climate and plenty of recreational activities add to the City’s
drawing power. The weather is downright Mediterranean, with
average rainfall of 12” – 17" and 44% humidity.
Average temperatures range from highs of 85 degrees in summer
to lows of 47 degrees in winter. It’s no wonder, then,
that many people are finding San Fernando an ideal place to
live and work! San Fernando has a rich history and flavor with
a population of 24,564.