Why Fontana is called Fontucky

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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!

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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.

Fontana was called felony flats . Just like they said the people from L.A. could move the 60 miles away to get out of L.A. because of parole. Also the court house is in Fontana dumping people with problems here from other cities. A lot of people worked at Kaiser steel made good money and were wonderful money . Fontana was and is a good place to live . A great police department with a fast response to calls ,respect for people. Best of all it is called FUNtana .

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!

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