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La Canada Flintridge

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La Cañada Flintridge is a city in Los Angeles County, California, with a population of 20,246 in 2010. It is the 17th most affluent city in the United States. According to Forbes in 2010 La Cañada Flintridge ranked as the 143rd most expensive U.S. city to live in, with a median home price of $1,321,367.HistoryDuring the Spanish and Mexican eras, the area was known as Rancho La Cañada. Prior to the city's incorporation in 1976, it consisted of two distinct communities, La Cañada and Flintridge. La Cañada comes from the Spanish word cañada (pronounced "canyada"), meaning canyon, gorge, or ravine; Flintridge was named after its developer, United States Senator Frank P. Flint).Flintridge comprises the southern part of the city, covering the northern flank of the San Rafael Hills, but more generally including most areas south of Foothill Blvd. The eastern part, even north of Foothill Blvd., was also originally considered Flintridge and is still home to the Flintridge Riding Club and Flintridge Preparatory School.Reference to the entire city is often shortened to just 'La Cañada' or seldomly to just 'Flintridge'. The full city name specifically does not have a hyphen in it, to illustrate unity between the two communities that became one.GeographyLa Cañada Flintridge is located at.According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.6sqmi, over 99% of it land.The city is situated in the Crescenta Valley and far western end of the San Gabriel Valley. It is nestled between the San Gabriel Mountains and Angeles National Forest on the north, and in the San Rafael Hills on the south. Most of the city drains southeastward toward Pasadena to Arroyo Seco, but the western part of the city (generally west of Alta Canyada Road) drains southward toward Glendale via Verdugo Canyon. Both drainages join the Los Angeles River north of downtown Los Angeles.
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