🇺🇸 Whittier is a city in Southern California in Los Angeles County, part of the Gateway Cities. Whittier was incorporated in February 1898 and became a charter city in 1955. The city is named for the Quaker poet John Greenleaf Whittier and is home to Whittier College.
Economy Whittier's Redevelopment Agency has numerous projects underway to revitalize the community. This includes a $7 million project near the historic Hoover Hotel. The Whittwood Town Center (formerly the Whittwood Mall) anchored by JC Penney, Target, PetSmart, Sears, Vons, and Kohl's has made way for Red Robin and Chick-fil-A. The city still waits to attract more well known businesses and open new residential town homes with the revival of its Uptown district. In addition, the agency is working on developing a 480-acre (1.9 km²) project area near Whittier Blvd. The master plan was adopted in June 2005 by the City Council. In 2019, Whittier's first food hall, Poet Gardens, opened in Uptown Whittier.
Top employers According to the city's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city include: 1 Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital; 2 Whittier Union High School District; 3 Whittier Hospital Medical Center; 4 Whittier City School District; 5 City of Whittier; 6 United States Postal Service; 7 Bright Health Physicians; 8 Ralph's; 9 Los Angeles County.