West Covina, like many other cities throughout the United States, has experienced a history of change. Once home to livestock, agriculture and farmers, it is now a rapidly expanding city that attracts auto dealers, large shopping centers and chain restaurants. In 1950, West Covina boasted a population of 4,499. According to the 2000 census, the city’s diverse population reached 105,080 and is now over 111,000. In 1955—post World War II—West Covina was the fastest growing city in the U.S. Today, this fine city is the 50th largest city in Southern California.