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Whittier is a city in Los Angeles County, in the Los Angeles-Long Beach metro area.

The community was named after John Greenleaf Whittier, poet and abolitionist

The latitude of Whittier is 33.979N. The longitude is -118.031W.

It is in the Pacific Standard time zone. Elevation is 367 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 85,368.


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Median household income
Local
$49,256
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Whittier demographic reports
Whittier is at the foot of the Puente Hills
Founded by Quakers
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 290. The number of murders and homicides was 1. The violent crime rate was 3.4 per 1,000 people.
Filming location for:
· 2006 movie, "The OH in Ohio"
· 2007 movie, "Disturbia"
Well-known residents have included:
· President Richard M. Nixon
· Eric Stoltz, actor
· Jim Purol, Guinness World Record holder for "Most Straws Stuffed in Mouth," for fitting 151 drinking straws between his lips
· Lorna Patterson, actress
· Nomar Garciaparra, baseball player
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Historic sites and museums: P?o Pico State Historic Park, Whittier Historical Society Museum
Colleges and universities: Whittier College, Rio Hondo College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 114
Quotes:
As I see it now, our non-Quaker family started out in Whittier with several strikes against us. When I was a child there, though, I was unaware of almost everything except being sturdy and happy.
-- California Childhood
M.F.K. Fisher

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8% of Whittier residents report German ancestry, and 6% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Whittier ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Whittier was $21,409, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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22% of Whittier residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Median rent in Whittier, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $667.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,506.


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Libraries in Whittier include Los Nietos Library, Sorensen Library, South Whittier Library, Whittier Public Library, Whittwood Branch Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Whittier include Whittier Daily News

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Los Angeles County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Whittier political report.

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The average commute time for Whittier workers is 30 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 7 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Whittier between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of .8 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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“ As I see it now, our non-Quaker family started out in Whittier with several strikes against us. When I was a child there, though, I was unaware of almost everything except being sturdy and happy. ”
~ California Childhood
M.F.K. Fisher

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