Pomona Hope




Our City

The largest city in eastern Los Angeles County, Pomona is home to a diverse population that struggles with poverty. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Pomona’s per capita income in 2016 was $17,936, well below state ($33,389) and national ($31,128) averages. 21.5% of Pomona’s population lives below the poverty level, and 22% of the City’s children live in poverty.  Pomona’s population is also highly diverse.  Approximately 70 percent of the City’s population is Hispanic; 12 percent non-Hispanic White; 9 percent Asian; 7 percent African American.  Over 1/3rd are foreign born.  This diversity is a great strength, but it also creates challenges.  For example, nearly half of students in Pomona’s schools are classified as having limited English proficiency.

Pomona is a young city with nearly 1/3rd of its population under the age of 18.  Many of its young people struggle in school, and many drop out.  38% of Pomona’s adults have less than a high school degree, and only 17% have college degrees.  Meanwhile, the City has also long suffered from high crime rates.  Violent crime is 30% higher than the national average.

Our Neighborhood

Neighborhoodscout.com characterizes the surrounding neighborhood of Pomona Hope as the City Center/Western U of Health Sciences neighborhood. Within our neighborhood, 88.3% of the real estate is occupied by renters. This is nearly the highest rate of renter occupancy of any neighborhood in America. Additionally, our neighborhood has a higher rate of childhood poverty than 94% of U.S. neighborhoods, with 55% of the children here below the federal poverty line.

These figures describe a City where many are trapped in a cycle poverty and hopelessness.  However, we choose to see Pomona as a place of opportunity, where the City’s diverse children, families, and neighborhoods can build a more hopeful future.

Pomona By The Numbers

Total Population 2019:  151,691

[United States Census Bureau]

Economic Stress

  • City of Pomona Unemployment Rate(2016): 11%
  • Per capita income (2016): $17,936
  • Residents below poverty Line (2016):  21.5%
  • Children under 5 below poverty line (2016):   22%
  • Children under 5 living with single parent, below poverty line (2016):  37%
  • Residents with no health insurance coverage (2016):  21%

Educational Hurdles

  • Residents age 25+ with less than high school education (2016):  32%
  • Residents who speak a language other than English at home (2016):  65%
  • Residents who speak English “less than well” (2009):  24.8%
  • Students with limited English proficiency (2009):  46.6%


United States Census

Southern California Association of Governments

Neighborhood Scout