Wealthiest American Cities - Rolling Hills, California

Golden Cove, Palos Verdes Peninsula

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Hills and Horses On An Estate

On maps, this location is called the City of Rolling Hills Estates and is a gated residential community with private roads.

The city lies near numerous shopping malls and stand-alone shops south of Los Angeles on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, a popular vacation spot and fewer than 30 miles from Los Angeles.

A part of this area has been residential land since the first Spanish Land Grant in the state of California was provided. This history gives the place a colorful multicultural legacy extending from the early 1500s in the New World.

Palos Verdes Peninsula, West of Long Beach

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Ranchos Palos Verdes on the Peninsula

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Rolling Hills was first settled long before the English came to Jamestown (1609). In fact, Spanish claims extended up the Pacific Coast all the way into parts of Canada - hence the Spanish names of some islands between Washington State and Vancouver Island.

Prior to the Spanish exploration, the Tongva Nation lived on this peninsula undisturbed. At one point in the early 1930s, approximately two dozen Japanese tenant farming families rented acreage to produce crops for a few years in this area (Rolling Hills, The Early Years 1930 - 1941 by A.E. Hanson, Page 8).

Spanish Named Islands Near Washington State

High Quality Community Development

Incorporated as a city in the late 1950s when the nation's highway systems quickly expanded in post-WWII development, the community seems in the 2010s to be a system of planned communities with nearly three dozen separate neighborhoods and Neighborhood Associations recognized by the city council.

Sustainability and the environment are primary concerns of the city as a whole, with a planned donation organization called Pepper Tree Foundation available to accept conservation related donations from individuals, school classes, churches, and others.

Special protection for all wild birds is enforced within the city limits and horses are welcomed, within certain limits per household. Parks, green spaces, sports fields, bridle trails, and a number of special yearly camps are maintained throughout the year. The city also owns a nature center in George F. Canyon.

South Of Highway One

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National Record of Historic Places - Harold Lloyd House

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Harold Lloyd Estate, Greenacres.Harold Lloyd (1893-1971) in "Safety Last!", 1923
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Harold Lloyd (1893-1971) in "Safety Last!", 1923
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Harold Lloyd House Location

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Gardening with A.E. Hanson

Landscape architect A.E. Hanson (1893 - 1986) was a well-known professional in the Rolling Hills area that accomplished gardens that brought him notoriety in the 1920s. This was especially noteworthy, since he trained himself in his profession.

Aside from the above work, he wrote a history of Rolling Hills through the year 1941.

Hanson's work is noted in the landscaping book shown above, discussing nine of the most famous California gardens of the early 20th Century, all landscaped by Hanson. Those included are the gardens of the silent film star Harold Lloyd's estate in Beverly Hills before The Great Depression, an Andalusian garden on the property of Archibald Young in Pasadena, and an Italian garden in Montecito.

The architect was asked by a landowner on the Palos Verdes Peninsula to landscape his gardens, and Hanson's work soon proliferated the community.

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Attractions in and Around Rolling Hills

  • City of Torrance - Torrance Airport: Louis Zamperini Field - Named after the Olympian and WWII Louis Zamparini, as shown in the 2014 film "Unbroken." Address: 3301 Airport Drive, Torrance, CA 90505; Phone:(310) 784-7900

Beach in nearby Torrance, California, to the northwest of Rolling Hills Estates.
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Education and Training - Colleges and Universities

Local Economy, Business and Jobs

Wealth and Housing Costs For Rolling Hills Estates

According to Bloomberg BusinessWeek:

  • Average Net Income: $324,190
  • Average Net Worth: $1,647,622

Of 29 homes for sale on Zillow:

  • Price range is: $12,800.000 down to $488,000.
  • Median price: $2,650,000
  • Median Household Income: $200,001
  • Homes have increased in cost over by 2.0% in the last year, and most of the homes were built from 1940 - 1959.

ZILLOW also reports that many of the residents of Rolling Hills are immigrants that earn high annual incomes and are in ages 30 - 65. Most speak at least 1 foreign language and all of these immigrants graduated form high school, while many have college and graduate degrees.

US Presidents and Economic Ups and Downs

Reading the graph below for 5.5 years of job listings on Indeed, which aggregates across the Internet, we see sharp fluctuations during the second aministration of President George W. Bush. Job loss in the state of California was always in the news during this term.

March 2011 saw job listings climb to over 94,000 positions open within 25 miles of this suburb, the Number Three Wealthiest Town in the US, according to Bloomberg publications..

Top 10 Jobs

  1. Physical Therapists
  2. Occupational Therapists - Including home visits.
  3. Shift Supervisors
  4. Salespeople
  5. Baristas - Starbucks and other coffee houses
  6. Pizza Hut Crew
  7. IT Project Managers
  8. Account Executives
  9. Administrative Assistants
  10. Staff RNs for Hospitals

Largest Companies in the Area (per ACINET.com)

  1. UCLA Health System
  2. Cedars Sinai Medical Center
  3. Los Angeles Police Department
  4. LAC & USC Medical Center
  5. Intel
  6. Gold Coast Tires
  7. US Department of the Interior
  8. Sony Pictures - Culver City
  9. Kaiser Foundation Hospital
  10. Long Beach Memorial Medical Center
  11. Kaiser Permanente

Most Frequently Hiring Companies

  1. Engineering Companies
  2. Kaiser Permanente
  3. UCLA Health System
  4. Deloitte
  5. Pizza Hut
  6. Ajilon Professional Staffing
  7. McDonald's
  8. AT&T
  9. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  10. Providence Health & Services
  11. Bank of America
  12. AppleOne

© 2011 Patty Inglish

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Darlene Sabella 5 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

Thanks Patty, I forward this to my son, we come from Orange Country and he has been out of work for a few years. Heartbreaking because he so loves his work. I hope he see all that you do in your hubs and maybe he can find something. You are a gem, and this hub is great, yes just like Toni the tiger, GREAT...rate up love & peace darski


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speedbird 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

Patty your hubs are rally great and I enjoy reading them very much. I like the way you present analytical data using graphs and maps. I am sure you must have done some research to come up with this great piece of work. Keep up the good work you are doing.


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Harvey Stelman 5 years ago from Illinois

Patty, The is well written as usual. Looks like a nice place to live. H


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

Patty, somehow it doesn't surprize me that Rolling Hills Ca is wealthy. It looks like is one of the faster growing areas around. I certainly wouldn't turn down the chance to make the Net Income Average.


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

A beautiful place and people who live and work there are really to be envied. Thank you Patty.


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cameciob 5 years ago

Patty, ready your hub I felt like packing my stuff and get going ...(I always wanted to live in a warmer state instead a frozen one like MN).Since I cannot leave, at least I can read about it.


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crystolite 5 years ago from Houston TX

Good hub.Thanks for writing this very article that sounds like a documentary.


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AllSuretyBonds 5 years ago

Great Hub. It doesn't surprise me that Rolling Hills is selected as one of the wealthiest cities. I used to live in Laguna Niguel area a few years back and even then Rolling Hills was booming and fast growing.


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shafmasta 5 years ago

I soo want to get out of the UK. The recession here doesn't seem to end! :(

Again. great hub! Your an excellent writer!

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