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City of Rancho Palos Verdes
—  City  —
Nickname(s): "PV" , Palos Verdes
Location of Rancho Palos Verdes in Los Angeles County, California
Coordinates: 33°45′30″N 118°21′51″W / 33.75833°N 118.36417°W / 33.75833; -118.36417Coordinates: 33°45′30″N 118°21′51″W / 33.75833°N 118.36417°W / 33.75833; -118.36417
Country United States
State California
County Los Angeles
Incorporated (city) 1973-09-07[1]
 - Mayor Stephan Wolowicz[2]
 - Total 13.66 sq mi (35.39 km2)
 - Land 13.66 sq mi (35.39 km2)
 - Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)  0.00%
Elevation 220 ft (67 m)
Population (2000)[3]
 - Total 41,145
 Density 3,011.2/sq mi (1,162.6/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP Code 90275[4]
Area code(s) 310/424[5]
FIPS code 06-59514
GNIS feature ID 0255967

Rancho Palos Verdes (RPV) is a city in Los Angeles County, California that was incorporated on September 7, 1973. The population was 41,145 at the 2000 census.

Rancho Palos Verdes is an affluent suburb of Los Angeles. Sitting atop the bluffs of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, it is known for expansive views of the Pacific Ocean. The history of Rancho Palos Verdes dates back to the Spanish explorers and the establishment of the first Spanish rancho land grant in California. Its most notable geographic features are the Palos Verdes Hills and cliffs with grand vistas of the Pacific Ocean, with views of Santa Catalina Island. Its most notorious geographic feature is the continuous landslide at Portuguese Bend, which may have been caused in part by septic runoff from homes in Rancho Palos Verdes and its neighboring communities.



Wayfarers Chapel designed by Lloyd Wright and built between 1949-1951 is on the National Register of Historic Places. Point Vicente Lighthouse was built in 1926 and is also on the National Register of Historic Places. Marineland, once the world's largest oceanarium, operated from 1954 through 1987. The former Marineland site has been converted into a large resort, Terranea. The city also contains the Trump National Golf Course Los Angeles where a golf hole fell into the ocean in a landslide which has since been repaired. The city is the site of the Portuguese Bend landslide, one of the largest continuously moving landslides in North America. Together with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, the city in 2009 completed the acquisition of a total of two square miles of open space land, the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve, the largest such preserve of coastal open space north of San Diego and south of Santa Barbara.


Rancho Palos Verdes is located at 33°45′30″N 118°21′51″W / 33.75833°N 118.36417°W / 33.75833; -118.36417 (33.758216, -118.364256).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 35.4 km² (13.7 mi²), all land.


As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 41,145 people, 15,256 households, and 12,220 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,163.0/km² (3,011.2/mi²). There were 15,709 housing units at an average density of 444.0/km² (1,149.7/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 67.23% White, 1.98% African American, 0.15% Native American, 25.95% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 1.21% from other races, and 3.39% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.68% of the population.

There were 15,256 households out of which 32.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.8% were married couples living together, 6.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.9% were non-families. 16.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.0% under the age of 18, 4.7% from 18 to 24, 23.0% from 25 to 44, 30.7% from 45 to 64, and 18.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 93.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.1 males.

According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household in the city was $111,421, and the median income for a family was $129,514.[8] Males had a median income of $100,000+ versus $62,633 for females. The per capita income for the city was $61,840. About 2.0% of families and 2.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.0% of those under age 18 and 2.6% of those age 65 or over.

As of 2008, the median price of Rancho Palos Verdes homes was $1,426,426. [9]


The city is served by Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District. PVPUSD schools have constantly ranked among the best in California and the nation. The Washington Post once ranked the district's largest high school, Palos Verdes Peninsula High School (PVPHS) in neighboring Rolling Hills Estates as the 8th best public or private high school in the nation. Also, Chadwick School is a well known K-12 private school that serves the area. Another private school is Christ Lutheran Church and School. It ranges from preschool to 8th grade. Rolling Hills Country Day School[2], adjacent to the South Coast Botanic Garden, offers a private K-8 education. Rancho Palos Verdes also includes Marymount College.

The latest survey conducted by U.S. News in 2007 reports that PVPHS still ranks among the top 100, at 89th place, and the reopened Palos Verdes High School (PVHS) in Palos Verdes Estates trails closely behind, at 93rd place.

Schools served by the PVPUSD:

  • Cornerstone at Pedregal Elementary
  • Dapplegray Elementary
  • Lunada Bay Elementary
  • Mira Catalina Elementary
  • Miraleste Elementary
  • Miraleste Intermediate
  • Montemalaga Elementary
  • Palos Verdes High
  • Palos Verdes Intermediate
  • Palos Verdes Peninsula High
  • Point Vicente Elementary
  • Rancho Del Mar High School
  • Rancho Vista Elementary
  • Ridgecrest Intermediate
  • Silver Spur Elementary
  • Soleado Elementary
  • Vista Grande Elementary


Rancho Palos Verdes is a general law city (it has no charter). Its five city councilmembers are elected at large to four year terms in staggered non-partisan elections on the first Tuesday in November of every odd numbered year. The city council chooses the Mayor (currently Stephan Wolowicz) and Mayor Pro Tem (currently Tom Long) at the first council meeting on the first Tuesday of each December for a one year term. Doug Stern, Anthony Misetich and Brian Campbell are the other three current Councilmembers. Mayor Stephan Wolowicz is a CPA, Mayor Pro Tem Tom Long is an attorney, Doug Stern is an attorney, Anthoney Misetich is an executive for a petroleum company and Brian Campbell is a commercial real estate executive. The November 2009 election of Misetich and Campbell resulted in more school-age children of new city councilmembers; 5 total, than in any other election in city history. Day to day management of the city is in the hands of a professional city manager (currently Carolyn Lehr) and staff. In the County of Los Angeles Rancho Palos Verdes is located in the 4th Supervisorial District, represented by Don Knabe. In the state legislature Rancho Palos Verdes is located in the 25th Senate District, represented by Democrat Roderick Wright, and in the 54th Assembly District, represented by Democrat Bonnie Lowenthal. Federally, Rancho Palos Verdes is located in California's 46th congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of R +6[10] and is represented by Republican Dana Rohrabacher.

Emergency services

Fire protection in Rancho Palos Verdes is provided by the Los Angeles County Fire Department with ambulance transport by McCormick Ambulance Service.[11]

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) operates the Lomita Station in Lomita, serving Rancho Palos Verdes.[12]

The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services operates the Torrance Health Center in Harbor Gateway, Los Angeles, near Torrance and serving Rancho Palos Verdes.[13]


  1. ^ "Incorporation Dates of California Cities". Retrieved 2007-01-18. 
  2. ^ "Rancho Palos Verdes - City Council". Retrieved 2007-01-18. 
  3. ^ "Rancho Palos Verdes city, California - Fact Sheet - American FactFinder". Retrieved 2007-01-18. 
  4. ^ "USPS - ZIP Code Lookup - Find a ZIP+ 4 Code By City Results". Retrieved 2007-01-18. 
  5. ^ "Number Administration System - NPA and City/Town Search Results". Retrieved 2007-01-18. 
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  8. ^ U.S. Census Bureau
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ "Will Gerrymandered Districts Stem the Wave of Voter Unrest?". Campaign Legal Center Blog. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  11. ^ "McCormick Ambulance Service areas
  12. ^ "Lomita Station." Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Retrieved on January 21, 2010.
  13. ^ "Torrance Health Center." Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. Retrieved on March 18, 2010.

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