Ontario : California


What It Is Like to Retire in Ontario

Ontario is a city in southwestern California, with a diverse population of 175,841 (2017), located within the Inland Empire, and is 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. It was founded as a Model Colony in the late 1800's, and would offer the perfect balance between agriculture and church, schools and commerce, and takes its name from the Ontario Model Colony development established by a Canadian engineer George Chaffey and his brothers. Today Ontario is home to museums, and many schools of higher education including nine trade schools, and is a fast growing town which provides many parks and all types of recreation, artistic venues, an active senior center, and the Toyota Arena, a multipurpose 11,000 seat arena. There are several 55+ communities in the area as it is becoming a popular spot for retirees. Photo of Downtown Ontario, in the public domain, courtesy of Wikipedia and U.S. Department of Agriculture; picture of Ontario City Library in 2006 courtesy of Wikipedia and Rockero; photo of Metrolink train at the East Ontario Station courtesy of Wikipedia and Lvi56, Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0/

Where to Retire in Ontario and Home Prices

There are several new housing developments springing up in and around the town, offering single family homes and manufactured home communities. Zillow reports the median home value in Ontario is $490,387.

What Is Special about Ontario

Ontario is in a nice location, not far from the ocean, mountains, and desert. There is an arena for sporting events and performances, a large shopping mall, many events hosted by the town.

What Is Not Special about Ontario

The town is rapidly growing and traffic to LA makes for a long commute, summer has some hot and humid days with temperatures in the 90's.

Who Will Like Retirement in Ontario

Retirees who want to live outside of LA but with transportation into the area, may like living here. There are cultural events hosted by the Toyota Arena along with the city of Ontario which promotes the arts and cultural venues. The town also has many parks a library, a hospital, and sporting events. The Senior Center offers classes, programs, activities and events.

Local Economy Is Driven by

The economy is driven by healthcare, manufacturing and retail.

Climate and Physical Environment

January's average temperature is 56 degrees, with July's average at 77 degrees.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

There are many choices of restaurants in Ontario from cheap eats to more expensive menus, and many with take out choices and outside dining. The cultural scene is provided by the town which is dedicated to enriching the artistic and cultural heritage of the community. It is home to the Inland Conservatory for the Perfoming Arts, and the Ontario Museum of History and Art; The Graber Olive House provides for tours that tells the history of the production of olives, which is the oldest existing business in Ontario; the Toyota Arena host over 125 events annually including sporting events, concerts and family productions.


Violent crimes are lower than the national average, but property crimes, mainly theft are higher than the national average.

Medical Facilities

Kindred Hospital and Kaiser Permanente are located here.


Ontario has a Metrolink station which connects to the Greater Los Angeles area and Orange County, there is also an Amtrak station and public bus transportation; the Ontario International Airport provides domestic and international travel; Ontario is not considered to be a walkable community.

Valuable Links

City of Ontario

What people are saying about Ontario

No Comments

Leave a Comment

To comment you must be a registered member of Topretirements.com

Login Here


Create Your Free Membership Account

Suggest a community we want to know about your top retirement spots
Please note that all contributions to Topretirements may be edited, altered, or removed by other contributors. If you don't want your writing to be edited mercilessly, then don't submit it here. By submitting content and/or photographs here you agree to give Topretirements.com the rights to use them in any manner without cost or attribution.You are also promising us that you wrote this yourself, or copied it from a public domain or similar free resource (see Project:Copyrights for details). DO NOT SUBMIT COPYRIGHTED WORK WITHOUT PERMISSION!

Copyright © 2006-2021 Topretirements.com. All Rights Reserved.