With wonderful year-round weather, recreational hiking, biking, camping and horseback riding are popular in the canyons and mountains that surround Hacienda Heights. Residents can visit the Hellman Wilderness Park in nearby Puente Hills and Whittier for beautiful views of the Los Angeles basin or Schabarum Regional Park in neighboring Rowland Heights for hiking and horse trails. Residents may also visit the Hsi Lai Temple and gardens, the largest Buddhist temple in North America. Area events include Concerts in the Park and Moonlight Movie Night in neighboring Whittier, the Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show, Brea's SummerFest or late summer's L.A. County Fair in nearby Pomona.


Area students are served by the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District. Students attend one of nine elementary schools, including Bixby Elementary, Grazide Elementary, Kwis Elementary, Los Altos Elementary, Los Molinos Elementary, Los Robles Academy, Palm Elementary, Shadybend Elementary and Wedgeworth Elementary. Middle schools include Newton and Orange Grove Middle Schools. Private education is provided by Mesa Robles School and Cedarlane Academy. Older students attend Los Altos High School, Wilson High School or Valley Alternative High School.

Higher education is provided by Rio Hondo College in Whittier, Biola University in La Mirada, Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, Fullerton College, Cal Poly in Pomona, and California State University-Fullerton, to name a few.


Major industries in the area include manufacturing, wholesale trade, retail, transportation and construction. Healthcare is also a major contributor to the county's economy, providing many area hospitals and medical centers including Kaiser Permanente, Cedars-Sinai Medical Centers and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. Los Angeles is the largest manufacturing center in the west, one of the world's busiest ports, a major financial and banking center, and the largest retail market in the United States.

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