You know you're from California when you know there's more than one Ontario
The Best Thing About Ontario?
Gigabit for WFH’ers!
Ontario has a lot of new developments, particularly in the North Eastern area of the city, and many of these new developments feature gigabit municipal broadband. If you’re a WFH’er (work from home), then new homes/condos/apts with stunningly fast, available gigabit speed connections are going to make things nice. There’s probably bigger things to know about the suburban culture of inland empire cities like Ontario but let’s just start here since so many people are now looking for less expensive options in Cali than LA/SF/SD and want great amenities for working from home.
Here's a note from a local about Ontario:
If you are considering Ontario either move to the North Eastern most portion or the newer home developments in the South. There are several http://ontarioranch.com/ The new developments are going to feature gigabit municipal broadband if that interests you. Unfortunately, being new development your looking at 200-500K and when they say from the 200's they mean 299K. Rancho, Upland, and Claremont will all be upwards of 350K and into the millions with commiserate rents.
For more reviews of Ontario from locals check out: The Buzz
The Worst Thing About Ontario?
Suburbs Surrounding Uninspiring Downtown
If you’re coming from a happening city, or a suburb with a great downtown, then you’re going to be disappointed with Ontario. Many of the Inland Empire cities are similarly structured SoCal suburbia with mountains to the east and freeways to hell to the west. Recommendation: stick to the east sides of Ontario or most of the Inland Empire cities if enjoying the mountains/parks to the east is important to you.
Here's a note from a local about Ontario vs. other neighboring suburbs:
It’ll be similar commute for Ontario/Rancho to LA then. About a 60-90 min drive with low traffic. It’s just a general suburb, chain stores, malls, restaurants. Rancho Cucamonga on Foothill Blvd. exit (west of the 15 freeway) by Victoria Gardens mall is pretty central so you can be by the 60,10,210, and 15 freeways
Lifestyle of Ontario
Ontario is primarily a suburban city with families looking for affordable housing options in the most expensive state in the country. Expect to find lots of suburban blocks, parks and family-focused lifestyle if you stick to the confines of the city. On the other hand, Ontario is just a few miles through Rancho Cucamonga to the Cucamonga Wilderness, Mt Baldy Mountain and Resort and countless other amazing outdoor recreation opportunities. Many locals grind through their work weeks in Ontario and enjoy the great outdoors on weekends. For socializing Rancho Cucamonga has a much more active social scene so expect to head the couple miles into that bordering city for nights out.
Why Move Here Now?
Access The Mountains
Inland Empire cities have always drawn Californians looking to escape coastal city prices and havoc. Much of the country would find cities like Ontario expensive so we’ll assume you’re looking to move from LA/SF or SD and definitely do it if you want cheaper housing, are ok with your immediate city not having a particularly inviting downtown but you also want easy access to the mountains of the east.