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City Summary - Ontario, California
Named after the Ontario Model Colony, a development established by a native of Ontario, Canada in 1882, Ontario is located in San Bernardino County. Once traversed by the Tongva Serrano Indians who were both hunters and foragers, the city later attracted farmers and former east coast residents seeking a more arid climate. Today, Ontario boasts a population of more than 163,000 people and is home to the Ontario International Airport, the 15th busiest cargo airport in the nation.

Soon after its founding, Ontario’s economy was based in resort tourism and agriculture, the latter because its rocky soil facilitated citrus and olive growing. Its modern-day economy reflects service industries and warehousing. In addition to the airport, major employers are United Parcel Service, The Icee Company and city government. Ontario’s public school system is comprised of 25 elementary, six middle and five high schools that four school districts operate. Nine trade schools offer higher learning opportunities as do Providence Christian College and the University of La Verne College of Law.

Ontario is well-known for many traditions, including three-dimensional nativity scenes on the life of Jesus that have been displayed each holiday season since 1959. The All-States Picnic, held July 4th since 1939, recognizes the diverse origins of the city’s residents. End-to-end picnic tables line Euclid Avenue, prompting Ripley’s Believe It or Not! to list Ontario’s picnic table as the world’s longest in 1941!
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