Nicknamed “The City of Gracious Living,” Upland today is a diversified city which still retains its original small town charm.
The city of Upland is sandwiched at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains in San Bernardino County.
The city is situated 40 miles east of Los Angeles along Interstate I-10. Upland is bordered by Rancho Cucamonga (to the east), Ontario (to the south), and Claremont (to the west). The other main highways nearby include Interstates I-15 and I-215; and California State Highways 60 and 91.
Upland was originally named North Ontario. It was already a big citrus production area at the time of its incorporation in 1906. Upland took shape as a small rural town grounded in an agricultural base.
At the turn of the 20th century, the city developed into a residential and retail community. It kept its country and urban flavor while absorbing the cultural influence of its large neighbor to the west, Los Angeles.
Points of Interest in Upland
Historic Downtown Upland is a quiet, leisurely place replete with antique stores, custom shops, and fine restaurants.
The district is also home to many annual events and festivals. These include The Annual Upland Lemon Festival (April), a multi-faceted event which features a carnival, an arts and crafts fair, a children’s fair, and three stages with live entertainment.
Every Thursday evening from April to October, the Town Center is host to the “Second Avenue Market,” a farmers market and street fair with live music, food, kiddie rides, and more.
“A Taste of Upland” is a May event which celebrates a century of fine dining and, as the city motto states, gracious living.
In December, Upland hosts the Children’s Christmas Parade, an annual holiday event. The surrounding area of Southern California is the venue of many notable attractions too.
A short drive will bring visitors to these sites and also to a wide variety of recreational areas, including a multitude of area beaches and the mountain resorts of Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear.
Upland, CA climate is warm during summer when temperatures tend to be in the 70’s and cool during winter when temperatures tend to be in the 50’s.
The warmest month of the year is August with an average maximum temperature of 89.20 degrees Fahrenheit. The coldest month of the year is December. It has an average minimum temperature of 41.00 degrees Fahrenheit.
Temperature variations between night and day tend to be relatively big during summer with a difference that can reach 30 degrees Fahrenheit. However, they are moderate during winter with an average difference of 26 degrees Fahrenheit.
The annual average precipitation at Upland is 16.96 Inches. Winter months tend to be wetter than summer months. The wettest month of the year is February with an average rainfall of 4.05 Inches
The racial composition of Upland was 48,364 (65.6%) White (44.2% Non-Hispanic White), 5,400 (7.3%) African American, 522 (0.7%) Native American, 6,217 (8.4%) Asian, 159 (0.2%) Pacific Islander, 9,509 (12.9%) from other races, and 3,561 (4.8%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 28,035 persons (38.0%).
Upland is home to Cable Airport. It is the world’s largest family-owned, public-use, general aviation airport.