Why Fontana is called Fontucky

In years past Fontana was often called Fontucky. The nickname Fontucky was given (and is still used today) because of the number of poor white people and rednecks living there (much like the back woods of Kentucky).

The nickname Fontucky has stuck and is still used partially because of the people living in some of the "nicer" surrounding areas such as Etiwanda and Alta Loma. People living in those areas try their best to differentiate themselves from the lower-income, lower classes and higher crime rates often associated with Fontana. By referring to Fontana as Fontucky, it perpetuates the stereotype which many claim is no longer true.

Today, the average income of Fontucky is actually slightly higher than the rest of California however the average home value is far lower than the rest of California. The lower home values of Fontana may be partially due to the number of mobile homes in the area which also makes the name Fontucky stick.

More people now refer to Fontucky as "little Mexico" or Fontalajara because the majority of people living in Fontana today are of Hispanic or Mexican descent. There are over 400% more "Mexicans" in Fontana today than there are Rednecks (aka, poor white trash).

No matter if you call it Fontana, Fontucky or Little Mexico, Fontana is still considered a shithole by most people!


I lived in fontucky a long time ago. The area is nice but the people living there are what makes it so trashy. When i lived there it was the rednecks with overgrown lawns and broken down cars in the yard. these days its the gang members and poor people in general (black, white and mexican) that don't take care of their homes, their yards or their kids. Kids running amock and parents too stupid or too busy playing on their video games and not caring. Until that changes Fontucky will always be a shit-hole. I am glad I moved up in the world and now live in Moreno Valley!

When I lived there we called it felony flats, as there are purportedly more felons there than anywhere else in California, according to the California Almanac

A friend of mine that lives in Fontucky once told me that the reason they called it Felony Flats was because Fontana was the "perfect" distance from Los Angeles with easy (I-10) Freeway access so that a lot of parolees could live there. Something about if you are on parole (from L.A. County) you had to live within a certain distance of the county line and you had to have easy/fast access to visit with your parole officer. and, of course, the higher the number of parolee's living in Fontucky, the higher number of crimes to be potentially committed = Felony Flats (??)

I have no idea where she got this story from or if it's even true but it sorta seemed to make sense.. I guess..

yeah - kinda makes sense. Could also be the low rent and high crime rate, or visa versa, for that matter

Whenever I go through Fontucky, it's almost like night and day coming from Rancho Cuccamonga. Once you are out of Rancho, there's absolutely nothing. No disrespect to Fontucky, but there's not a whole lot out there to be honest with you. And the further east, it gets more into the "twilight zone." I would not take a house east of the 15 even if one was given to me. ):

This makes sense to me.

My late father was a retired LA Cop, in the late 40's he moved to Fontana (it was not as bad by any means then) to get out of LA, so looking at it from the distance standpoint makes sense... Fifty miles was a lot farther in those days than it is on the 10 now...

I don't think things were so bad when kaiser was still running strong in the 40s, 50s and 60s any maybe even in the 70s.

I recall going to Christmas Parties for the Kids at Steel Worker's Hall and things were pretty good, cheap new housing and everyone who wanted to work could get a job related to Kaiser if not at Kaiser. But obviously that did not last...

It's true. My father was a cop in Fontana and has a shirt that declares himself a gunslinger in the felony flats. It's a pretty awesome tshirt actually. One of my favorites. Most cities in the area had a high crime element but the cops have cleaned a lot of that up.

I grew up in Fontana / Bloomington and recall primarily during the 60's thru 80's also knowing it by the nickname: Felony Flats.

yea, like MoVal is any better. lol. nerd!

I think just about anyplace is better than Fontucky.. EVEN Moreno Valley.

LMAO! Moreno Valley is worse than Fontana!

I lived in Moval...nothing in comparison. It's like comparing Santa Ana and Newport Beach.

You drive past a shack or trailer in Fontana and you can tell where its owner came from by the make and model of the junk cars parked in the yard and the brand of dead refrigerator on the porch. If the junker is a Ford, and the fridge is a Kelvinator, you can bet they're from Michigan. But if the dead car's a Chevy and the fridge is G.E. then they're surely from Tennessee or Kentucky. If the dude's sitting on his porch, drinking Coors, you know for sure he's from Oklahoma, but if that's a Pabst can or a Lucky Lager in his mitt, he could be from Peoria, or Iowa City.

My aunt Rene and Uncle Vernon sold their chicken ranch in Fontana and bought a furniture store in Banning. Uncle Vernon worked as a switchman at Kaiser Steel during the war and Aunt Rene ran the ranch, where she raised 10,000 Leghorns, 9 German Shepherd dogs, two milk cows and countless cats, all feral except at milking time.

When they sold the furniture store in Banning they opened a Mexican restaurant in San Berdoo; their Okie-style Mexican food, tamales, chilli, and you-nam-it, was so good that rich Mexicans drove all the way out from Compton to dine there.

During the war, a day before Christmas, the woman across the road was being carted off to Patton asylum. Before leaving she was allowed to carry her newest baby across and leave it on Aunt Rene's doorstep with a Bow on the basket and a Christmas card. Aunt Rene raised the baby girl--who died young, but not before having a baby of her own, which she left for Aunt Rene Mosslander to raise. When Uncle Vernon died, Aunt Rene was devastated and took to drink; she died in Patton, like the woman who left her a baby for Christmas. MERRY CHRISTMAS! from Ron McKinney.

Ron I loved your story, talk about ol time Fontana before Fontucky....

After reading it I can't help but recall by late parents often seeing the views you mention and cussing the Oakies to describe all of them...

My dad retired from the LAPD in the mid 1940s and relocated East to be out of LA, in those days LA was a lot further west than the regular commutes we have today, at least it seemed a lot more than 50 miles away. I grew up in Fontana/Bloomington before Fontana was even incorporated as a city.

I think my dad was amongst the LA cops sent by the LA district Attorney to the California border to turn back the Oakies. The local Sheriff at the state line was outnumbered by them, I think they sent several platoons of them. They had no legal authority to do so, but did so anyway because they did not want the Oakies heading to LA. Life was a lot different in those days...

But that was why dad called them Oakies...

You "moved up" by moving to Moreno Valley? That was a lateral move... at best.

another shit hole


I always thought they called Fontana Fontucky because it was full of dumb uneducated people. You know, the kind of people that don't even know how to turn off the CAPS LOCK key on their computer. But, I live in Redlands, so what do I know.

Whoa that is sadly true.

I grew up in the area way before it was called Fontucky, but it seems to fit. Lucky for me we moved away when I was in Jr. High, or I'd be a thug...

I returned to the Inland Empire many years later to go to Graduate School at UCR (I did not want to go to UCR but USC screwed me on financial aid so it was the only place I could afford).


In one of our classes at UCR someone from Fontana did a survey on why people lived in Fontana. On the survey a number of them said they liked the area and the whole class burst into laughter...

Even before Fontucky I can recall classmates at Mary B. Lewis slugging our teacher and the Principal who came to help. In the end one of these messed up kids wound up murdering his wife over a Bible and I believe is still in jail in for life for the murder.

Fontucky runs deep...

I think it has less to do with the houses and how new or old they are, and has more to do with the majority of people that live there.


This is in reply to the soon to be toothless ignorant meth addict with NO CLASS...You Give Fontana a BAD NAME.

You must have been from the North-Rialto border. And its not bitch...Its Ms. Bitch & if you were my Ol'Man & talked to me like that You'd be missing the rest of Your Teeth. You see Im from the side of Fontana where Your Daddy raised you NOT to take shit from an ignorant ass like you & taught me how to throw a mean ass right jab and a killer knee to your worthless crotch. Told me don't EVER rely on a man to take care of you learn just a little of as many things as you can..ie:.plumbing, drywall, roofing, wrenching on cars, repairing appliances, etc...and Guess what...I have more values than most, I had a better education, better job (aircraft sheet metal mechanic), & made more money than most men I knew! Ty My Family Oriented, Felony Flats - (Fontana) Italian Pop!

I know this was from a LONG time ago but nope. Fontana is beautiful. I lived here my whole life and I'm still living here. I love it. Its not "trashy" and I never heard of fontucky. Until today. If you never personality lived here don't say anything. I'm VERY educated . And all thanks to here and the teachers and because it's soo quiet here you can actually focus. But don't get me wrong, Fontana can be VERY loud sometimes but not crazy. Also fontana also has it's bad side like any other city. You guys must be talking about the old times. Now Fontana just SO beautiful. You have a VERY beautiful sight of the moutons. It also has the whole NAASCAR thing. Which I never go to but still. If you never been here don't say anything wrong about it because I could tell most of you never been here or haven't been here in a long time. And if you day a friend told you about it, then maybe to should come out here and see it. Oh and at night it's soo beautiful, you can hear the birds chirping really early like at 12 am . Fontana might not be beautiful for you guys because it has slot of open fields and wind, but I live by Sierra Lakes so it's pretty nice here.

I lived in Fontana but i do not remember any Moutons, is it something new? maybe you meant mutants!

Haha funny..... Not really. No I meant Mountains.

Come and listen to a story about a man named Fred
A poor mountaineer, barely kept his family fed,
Then one day he was shootin at some food,
And up through the ground came a bubblin crude.

bath Salt that is, White gold, Texas teabaggers.

Well the first thing you know ol Fred's a millionaire,
Kinfolk said "Fred move away from there"
Said "Californy is the place you ought to be"
So they loaded up the truck and moved to Fontana.

Fontucky, that is. Crystal Meth, bath Salts.

Fontana or Fontucky is a "love it or hate it" type of place. Like most cities it's size, there are a lot of good elements and a lot of bad elements there. And by elements I guess I mean people. There's really nice big beautiful homes in a northern desert mountain oasis, overlooking a nice golf course. And less than 5 minutes away there is a couple of mini "ghettos". Fontana has grown and just 15 years ago had just one high school, Fontana High School, a division I powerhouse in the 80s and 90s and less than 75000 residents. There is now four high schools in the city, Kaiser, Summit, Fohi and A.B. Miller and over a 250,000 residents, tripling in size. They was once no one living out here but all the cities in the Inland Empire blew up from the early 90s to mide 2000's. People wanting to play and work in LA and the surrounding cities found affordable housing in San Bernardino County. There was once lots of trailer parks and bad neighborhoods and still are today, however, overall Fontana is a pretty modern city. There is a great hospital there owned by Kaiser Permanente. It is on the Nascar circuit so there is obviously some truth to the white trash thing, but today the majority of it's residents are Mexican, about 62%. There is a lot of great residents but like most cities there are criminal and low class areas . Gang rates ebb and flow. There is a KKK planation type of house in the older part of the city. There is also a nice house, once believed to have been owned by Al Capone. It even had a tunnel that led to a safe exit in the next small town of Litle Creek. There's a lot of good and bad history here but that what gives this great city character.

Those "nice big beautiful homes overlooking a golf course" are mostly smaller than 2000sq ft, two story homes that are 'ok' - they are jammed right next to each other on their 7,000ft lots, and the streets are jammed with shitty rice-burner wanna-be hot rods parked on the sidewalks. Even the "nice" part of Fontucky, while not a 'ghetto', is still a shithole compared to a nicer area.

Why would you consider Nascar white trash? Do you know how much it cost to attend a race, or how much it cost to run a race? I don't think "white trash" people can afford that. I am not sure if you were raised there, but if you were you have not given Fontana good representation. Your grammar, spelling, and punctuation is horrible. It is very obvious that you did not receive an adequate education. On the other hand, maybe you just did not pay attention. I have never been there but just from reading about it and reading your post I would almost bet you were raised there by white trash!

I know I am not perfect by any means, but if I could not use better grammar than that I would not EVER post!! Thank you and I hope y'all have a wonderful day :)


North Carolina Girl :)
Go Tarheels!!
Hendrick Motorsports all the way!!

I live in Fontucky. In Hunter's Ridge which is the northern tip of Fontana. My kids went to DW Long Elementary. Which is, by the way, part of the Etiwanda School District. We live in a quiet, clean neighborhood. Besides living in a wind tunnel, I enjoy living here. And Yes, I have been a target of crime.(home robbery, cars broken into several times. But as the police officer pointed out, the criminals target nice neighborhoods. And yes, there are alot of Mexicans in Fontana. But I don't mind them.

"but I don't mind them" WTF??? Making people sound like they're annoying insects or something...

Because they are insects, they're parasites. All of these people with good things to say about Fontucky are talking about North Fontana. Come down to South Fontucky and you see what dirty Mexicans do to where they live. It's a shit hole.

I never heard it called "Fontucky." But then the year I lived in Fontana was 1943. In 1976 I drove through and around Fontana, searching for something, anything familiar. But the area had changed so much I may as well have been visiting Harlan County Kentucky, or Peoria, Illinois, or Joplin, Missouri. All of those towns from which my classmates hailed now look alike, seedy strip malls, big box stores and franchise burger joints. Low riders cruise the main drags in all of the towns named, except for Kentucky, where one sees more jacked-up pickup trucks than cars.

It's just a nick name like any other. Such as "MoVal" or Moreno Valley. People need to stop being so ignorant. I have lived in Fontana for most of my life and I absolutely love it. No I am not a "low-life" just because of where I have lived. I hate being viewed as trash just because people have a set stereotypical view of Fontana. I went to Kaiser Highschool and am a part of the large percentage of the Mexican population there. So stop hating, not all of us from Fontana are "uneducated."

Shut the ef up. You are the ignorant one no one cares you went to Kaiser yor a crybaby shutup sissy


Just because people go to high school doesn't mean they are educated. Especially in public education, where many people are just "pushed" along even if they fail. I consider "educated" people to be those that have successfully graduated with a Bachelors, Masters or PhD. A high school education, even if you graduate with a 4.0, is not enough to get you a even a decent paying job - you'll be looking at minimum wage paying jobs, such as McDonalds.


well i never heard it called that, but in the 60's i dated a man who i discovered had been in prison for murder when he got in a bar fight in fontana and hit someone who died from the blow. he claimed that the only reason he went to jail was that it had been a while since fontana had a murder and they wanted to play it up for the notoriety.
when my mother met him she said 'i would rather eat cornflakes' (than go out on a date with that guy).
i only went out with him one time,and he acted fine. then i met someone from el monte who my mother liked even less.

At one time, Fontana had a large Italian population with a very tight knit community. Once Kaiser steel closed down, the city became a haven for low-rent apartment complexes for LA refugees. With that came more and more crime. More poverty and high unemployment rates didnt help the situation. Compared to the 80's and early 90's, the city is much larger and more affluent since the housing boom of the late 90's and 2000's.

I left Fontucky and swore to never come back....Now I'm back.., I love Fontucky its my home...and will never leave!! I don't want to live in Riverside, Rancho Cucamonga or the OC.

I actually moved from Rancho where we owned a large home, to the gorgeous area of North Fontana, called Coyote Canyon. We could not be happier. Our kids are still in the Etiwanda top notch school system. We have a very nice home with a beautiful view (not of a trailer park) and I have to say our neighbors in this community are far more economically well off and educated in comparison to our old neighborhood in Rancho. I feel safe walking at night in our community as others are very active and out doing the same. I find I run into friendly people daily. I have not had any issues with crime yet, but I also am aware crime happens everywhere, even in the classiest of neighborhoods. On my old street in Rancho, there were car and home break ins quite regularly. Our home up here in Coyote Canyon was high in price and maybe that is why the area is so great. (The price compared to the 5 bedroom home we owned in Rancho.) I can't speak for all areas of Fontana. I have driven through South Fontana and the Rialto area and sure as heck would not live there. But I think people have the misconception that all of Fontana is like that. Whatever you call it, Coyote Canyon, North Fontana, Fontana, or Fontucky...I love it where I live! My only complaint is the occasional fierce winds in the fall.

Fontucket!!!!! Fontuckey!!! Mullet city. Fish with your hands like a man!! Representing big bellies and beer bellies!! Muffin tops and do rags... 909 fo life!!!!!

I now live in Fontana I was born in Chicago grew up in Hollywood CA.
I only hear the word fontucky from people that don't get out of the inland empire much or at all seem to be very small minded persons, Today Fontana has people now living here from Los Angeles and other parts of the world, Fontana is becoming just like you would see in the Cites of Los Angeles, Chicago, New York they all have good parts and bad parts.
Get out and Explore It Is Full Of People From Around The World.
Have Fun! ")

Funny! Maybe you all should look up the crime rate in "fontucky"
It is considered one of the top safest places to live. And to the person who claims to have moved up by moving to Moreno Valley, what a joke! Now there's a real shit hole!

yep moreno valley has a worst crime rate. more likely to get robbed in moval

I agree, really Moreno Valley an upgrade. My friend said she wanted to buy a house in MoValley I told her not too. Of course she didn't listen everyone was afraid to go visit her, and she would get mad at everyone. she was constantly calling me about someone got shot at the corner or so an so's house was broken into. She finally packed her bags and moved to San Diego. Fontana where I reside is so quiet at night. I can't count the number of times neighbors have left their garage doors open and nothing happens. My neighbors are all great, everyone I've meet is either a business owner or has a profession. Maybe I haven't driven around enough but as far as I can tell it's nice and quiet here. Some neighbors put all their yard sale stuff out the night before and nothing goes missing, people could easily take the stuff but don't. They wait outside patiently until the yard sale begins.

Fontana is a very bad bad place. Stay in LA or Moreno Valley or the high desert, don't come here.

Fontucky isn't a bad place. Sure it's the armpit of the nation, but don't get me wrong, we have a nice community. Yeah, I've seen the rich part, yeah I've seen the bad part. Yeah, this city has been on COPS many times. Yeah, it isn't exactly Richo-Cucamonga. But I've gotten a good education by the etiwanda school district, and I've heard good things about the Fontana district. Fontana isn't a bad place.

I am from England and planning holidaying in Fontana in August.
Anyone with ideas of a decent, safe hotel like Travelodge in your city?
Thank you.


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