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Statistics & Facts

The California state capital is Sacramento.
The population of Whittier is approximately 85331 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 28,758 (1990), 28273 (2010).
The amount of land area in Whittier is 32.451 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Whittier to Washington DC is 2416 miles.
The distance to the California state capital is 371 miles. (as the crow flies)
Whittier is positioned 33.96 degrees north of the equator and 118.02 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Whittier elevation is 365 feet above sea level.


at the foot of the La Puente hills near Los Angeles, South of the 60 Freeway and east of the 605
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History & History Related Items

The community was founded by members of the Society of Friends (Quakers) in 1887 and named for the poet John Greenleaf Whittier. President Richard M. Nixon attended college and practiced law in Whittier. In its earlier years, Whittier was known for its citrus industry.
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The founding of Whittier



Richard Milhous Nixon
While Richard Nixon was born in Yorba Linda, his family moved to Whittier when he was very young to be closer to his maternal grandparents (Milhous), who were early Quaker Pioneers in Whittier. He attend junior and high school in town as well as attended Whittier College, where during his years there, he met a young school teacher from Whittier High School, Patricia Ryan, whom he later married.

Lou Henry - wife of US President Herbert Hoover
The wife of President Hoover (another Quaker President aside from Nixon) Lou Henry, was from Whittier.

Other notables from Whittier include renowned American authors, Jassamyn West, whose "Friendly Persuasion" wrote about the life of the Quakers in (Whittier) California and MFK Fisher who became internationally known for her colorful culinary tales.
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Rose Hills Cemetery in Whittier California is the largest cemetery in the United States at over 1,000 acres. Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati is second with 733 acres and Crown Hill in Indianapolis is third with 555 acres

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