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The Wealthy City of Rolling Hills, California

Updated on February 1, 2018
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Ms. Inglish has 30 years of successful experience in medicine, psychology, STEM courses, and aerospace education (CAP).

Peacocks are found throughout this community.
Peacocks are found throughout this community. | Source

Hills and Horses on a Grand Estate

On maps, this location is called the "City of Rolling Hills Estates." It is a gated residential community with private roads near numerous shopping malls and stand-alone shops south of Los Angeles. The city sits on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, a popular vacation spot 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.

Rolling Hills was first settled long before the English came to Jamestown (1609). In fact, Spanish claims extended from Southern California up the Pacific Coast 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).

Ranchos Palos Verdes on the Peninsula
Ranchos Palos Verdes on the Peninsula | Source
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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.

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 landscaping and cultural history of Rolling Hills through the year 1941, which I find very interesting. In his book, he discusses nine of the most famous California gardens of the early 20th century, all landscaped by Hanson himself.

These estates included the gardens of the silent film star Harold Lloyd's property 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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National Record of Historic Places: Harold Lloyd House, Greenacres.Harold Lloyd (1893-1971) in "Safety Last!", 1923
National Record of Historic Places: Harold Lloyd House, Greenacres.
National Record of Historic Places: Harold Lloyd House, Greenacres. | Source
Harold Lloyd (1893-1971) in "Safety Last!", 1923
Harold Lloyd (1893-1971) in "Safety Last!", 1923 | Source
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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

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Beach in nearby Torrance, California, to the northwest of Rolling Hills Estates.
Beach in nearby Torrance, California, to the northwest of Rolling Hills Estates. | Source

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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 22 homes for sale on Zillow; January 2018:

  • 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 one foreign language and all of these immigrants graduated from 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 administration 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 Local High Demand Jobs

During first quarter 2018, over 75,000 job listings were available for this area. The most-needed workers are:

  1. Aerospace and other Engineers and Technicians (at least 8,000 in January 2018)
  2. Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists, including those who do home visits.
  3. Staff RNs for Hospitals
  4. Salespeople
  5. IT Project Managers and Related
  6. Baristas: Starbucks and other coffee houses
  7. Pizza Hut Crew and Management
  8. Shift Supervisors
  9. Account Executives
  10. Administrative Assistants

Most Frequently Hiring Companies

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

Largest Companies 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 and Kaiser Permanente
  10. Long Beach Memorial Medical Center

© 2011 Patty Inglish

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    • shafmasta profile image

      shafmasta 7 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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      AllSuretyBonds 7 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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      Emma 7 years ago from Houston TX

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

    • cameciob profile image

      cameciob 7 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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      Hello, hello, 7 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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      Susan Hazelton 7 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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      Harvey Stelman 7 years ago from Illinois

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

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      speedbird 7 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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      Darlene Sabella 7 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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