Ontario is a city located in southwestern San Bernardino County, California, roughly 35 miles away from downtown Los Angeles. Despite its proximity to the largest city in California, it is a part of the Inland Empire region and sits within the Riverside, California metropolitan area. The city is currently home to over 158,000 residents, making it the fourth-largest city in the Inland Empire. The land that today makes up Ontario was first settled by Spanish and Mexican homesteaders; it would not be purchased for private development until the early 1880’s, and the city began to grow as a farming community to start. Named after Ontario, Canada, where the founders were born, Ontario was incorporated in 1891 and today Ontario is less an agricultural paradise – though farming is still a part of the city’s economy – and more of a services and warehousing area, with some light manufacturing and high-tech industries as well.
Basic Facts About Ontario
- Current population: 158,000
- Current mayor: Paul S. Leon
- Total area: 50 sq mi
- Official website: http://www.ci.ontario.ca.us/
- Located in: San Bernardino County
- Founded in: 1891
- Zip codes: 91758, 91761, 91762, 91764
- Area codes: 909
Auto Transport Tips to and from Ontario
Ontario sits just west of Pomona and just south of Rancho Cucamonga, and within the city’s borders lies a major interchange between Interstate 10 and Interstate 15, making Ontario rather easily-accessible for many auto transportation companies. Ontario sits at the heart of a rather large urban area, which makes it much easier for auto shippers to not only get in and out of Ontario, but also to find new loads in the area, keeping their empty spaces minimum.
Empty space on an auto shipping truck is the last thing a shipper wants, so they tend to run routes to and from popular cities and areas along major interstates. I-10 is the main east-west interstate that services the entire southern United States, so having it run through Ontario does make it a bit cheaper – and pickup times a bit lower – for shipping in and out of Ontario. However, its location in the Inland Empire makes it less attractive than Los Angeles or the Bay Area, so keep that in mind.
The state of California has many major metropolitan areas, so getting to and from many places in the state is generally easier and cheaper than to other parts of the country. Like anything, though, it depends on where you are and where you’re shipping from and to; this can affect prices and carrier availability, so it’s generally recommend that you talk to your auto transport representative for more information about current shipping conditions in and out of Ontario.
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