Founded in 1887 and incorporated in 1906, La Verne is nestled in the foothills of the San Gabriel - Pomona Valleys. La Verne is situated approximately 35 miles east of Los Angeles and has a population of over 33,000. Although La Verne is located in metropolitan Los Angeles County, it is a "close-knit" community which has been able to retain its "small town" traditions and virtues. With eight mobilehome parks and three large retirement communities, La Verne has a significant senior citizen population. In addition, due to an influx of new upscale housing during the past two decades, La Verne also enjoys a large clientele of school-age youth. The City provides a full range of services including police, fire, water, streets, planning, parks and community services. La Verne is a well balanced residential community which includes a good mix of commercial and industrial uses as well as the University of La Verne, an airport and fine public and private schools.