Once known as a "bedroom" suburb, the city is now a leading financial, commercial, retail and motion picture animation center with a highly diverse population. National studies report it is one of the safest cities of its size in America.
The downtown area features a growing skyline, one of California’s premiere shopping malls (Glendale Galleria) and a host of theaters and restaurants. The classical theater company "A Noise Within" and the restored 1920s Art Deco-style Alex Theatre are especially popular.
The city is home to corporate headquarters such as Nestlé USA, Walt Disney Imagineering, Walt Disney Stores, DreamWorks SKG, International House of Pancakes, Cigna Healthcare, KABC-TV and Warner Bros. Animation.
The area features neighborhoods of contrasting character, including the foothill communities of La Crescenta and Montrose with their smaller town environments.
A variety of housing options is available, from multi-units to single-family homes. Excellent municipal services, public and private education, three major medical centers, active churches, plenty of leisure activities, and a strong community tax base all contribute to the high quality of life for local residents.
Freeways crisscross the area and offer convenient access to a multitude of attractions that make Southern California famous. They include beaches and mountains; sporting venues such as the Rose Bowl, Dodger Stadium, L.A. Coliseum and downtown sports arenas; fine art, natural history and science museums; Hollywood Bowl and the Music Center; USC, UCLA, Occidental, Caltech and other major colleges and universities.
The Bob Hope (Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena) Airport offers travelers an alternative to the busier L.A. International. Nearby, Whiteman Airport supports the General Aviation community. Glendale’s own Amtrak/Metrolink station is a regional ground transportation center.