Incorporated as part of Los Angeles County in 1898, Whittier is home historic Whittier College. The college is located at the edge of the downtown area known to residents as “Uptown Whittier”. This area is the historic center of town and contains many Craftsman and Colonial Spanish homes. These homes and many others in the area that surround Whittier College are part of the Whittier Historic Neighborhood Association.

Although the land originally belonged to a Spanish soldier, the Quakers moved into the area and quickly flourished creating the city in the 1800s. The city is named for John Greenleaf Whittier who was a well-respected Quaker poet that settled in the area in the late 1890s. They later created an academy for studies that became Whittier College in 1896.

The area is also home to the Pio Pico State Historic Park, which is located on Pioneer Road. Pico was one of the original settlers in the area and he was the last governor of Alta California prior to the Mexican-American war.

While steeped in history the Whittier Redevelopment Agency is looking toward the future. They have several revitalization projects planned aimed at bringing in new businesses to the area. Also recently renovated is the newly renamed shopping district known as Whitwood Town Center. The center features many dining and shopping establisments. It is located off of Whittier Blvd. The city is currently home to an estimated population of over 85,000 residents.

Getting into and out of Whittier is fairly easy as the city is located near the 605 Freeway. They also boast many other options of commute including State Route 72, which in part overlays Whttier Blvd as well as a robust bus system with routes hosted by Metro, Foothill Transit, Montebello Bus Lines and Norwalk Transit.