Glendale is the third biggest city in Los Angeles County, with a population of 208,000. Within the state of California, the city is the 17th largest, situated by the Verdugo Mountains within the San Fernando Valley.
The median income for individuals in Glendale is $57,112, which is around average for Los Angeles County. Records collected by the City state the top companies (in no particular order) are City of Glendale, Acco engineering System and Diagnostic laboratories, Glendale Adventist Medical Center, Glendale Community College, Glendale Memorial Medical Center, Glendale Unified School District, Nestle, Public Storage, and Walt Disney Imagineering.
The biggest company for numerous years was Grand Central Airport, which was built in 1923. It was the first official terminal for the Los Angeles area and contributed to aviation development in the United States. Charles Lindbergh began the first west to east transcontinental flight from Glendale Central Airport. Built from inspiration of Spanish style architectural elements and Art Deco themes, the main terminal building still stands and is an essential element of Glendale's history. Up until 1959, The Grand Central Business park used to be the Grand Central Air Terminal Building. All through WWII, the building was camouflaged in order to protect it from enemy attacks.
The city has a "Special Collections" section in the Glendale Public Library, that has various original documents and records on Glendale history. In 1950, the Jewel City Cat Fanciers Club donated more than 20,000 volumes to the library, making it the largest collection of books concerning cats in the world. It is a unique collection and will be kept permanently on view for individuals who are part of the club.
A couple of well-known restaurants chains began in Glendale. Bob's Big Boy hamburger restaurants originated on East Colorado during 1936 and Baskin-Robbins ice cream parlors started in Adams Square during 1945.