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!

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Actually west of Cherry Ave. is the best part of Fontana. I think the community in that area is trying to change it to the City of Etiwanda.

Fontana's history back when it was called Felony Flats is incredible. That's when there was nuthin but steel mills and biker gangs. One gang in particular has its roots in Fontana. A little gang called the Hells Angels.

A brief history about Fontana's origins. Fontana was nothing but farm land and orchard groves in the early 1900's. My great grandfather moved from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Fontana in 1935. They lived on Fontana Avenue. He was a pioneer as he was an early settler. He raised Chickens and maintained a Chicken Coop. He died in Fontana in 1962 at age 85. Henry J Kaiser built Kaiser Steel which was located at San Bernardino Avenue and Cherry Avenue. It supplied thousands of jobs during World War II. At the close of the war, the Hells Angels was formed in Fontana by the Bishop Family. By the mid 1950's, Kaiser Foundation Hospital was built and is now the city's largest employer. Many of the area's residents were born at Kaiser Foundation Hospital. When I was growing up in Fontana, the population by 1970 was about 20,000 people. Mainly White working class folk who mainly worked at Kaiser Steel, Kaiser Hospital, the public schools or city government. I remember the Fontana Day Parade every June in the 1970's. It was a huge affair with parade participants from all over the country coming to Fontana. By the early 1980's, Fontana had started to grow in population almost doubling in size to 40,000 residents. My grand parents and great grand parents on my dad's side of the family had since passed away. My mother's grandmother was still living in the same home at Merrill Avenue and Alder Avenue. My maternal grandmother died in 2010 at age 98 in Fontana. My great grand parents and grand parents had been long time residents of Fontana for more than 25 years. My parents still live there. We lived in the center of the city below the railroad tracks. I remember that anything north of Foothill Boulevard (Old Route 66) was a desolate place and referred to as no man's land. It had been undeveloped for nearly 50 years. By the mid 1980's Kaiser Steel closed and the city lost a lot of jobs. People had either died or moved away. By the mid 1980's, I moved to Colorado. I have lived in Colorado ever since. I still have fond memories of my childhood in Fontana and I graduated from Fontana High School, which at the time was the only High School in town unless you were a trouble maker and were sent to Birch High. I had lived in Fontana for nearly 20 years. I have lived in Colorado now for more than 30 years.

I live in Coyote Canyon area of Fontana and the area has the highest population of college graduates and highest home prices. Add the fact that it is in Etiwanda School District, tout have a hidden gem.

Yah, that's a great area.. Beautiful homes. It's gated to keep out the riff-raff, right?
The problem is every week or so you still have to drive down to the grocery store where all of the thugs, gangbangers and common lowlifes hang out.
You're fine while you're in your own gated world.. But you have to venture out once in a while.

Are you effing kidding me? The highest home prices, and the most educated people? Pah-lease! College educated people dont live in Fontarded. The folks that live in those high priced homes are just drug dealer families who make tax free money off of the other low-lifes. If you're so rich and educated, then why didn't you move to SD or LA, or to Rancho Cucamonga which is 1000 times nicer and more developed than Fontarded! Or to NorCal, even? Why did you choose to stay in Fontarded? Oh thats right, because you are a low-income, uneducated wannbe-rich delusional Fontard, or a drug slinging fontard, that's why. The Etiwanda school system is crummy, and it's a far reach from a private school system. Oh, and speaking of which, why don't you live in Etiwanda, again? Because you don't make enough? Because you are low rent trash just like your fontarded ilk? Lets face it, even if you live in a gated community, you STILL live in a crap hole. Only difference is that you live in a nice cage in the middle of a craphole; don't make you much better than the other thugs, mexican low lifes and fontards, does it? You're still one of them.

Lol..... bunch of lames. F Fontana, Felony Flats whatever u wanna call it! Im from a real city the capital of the county of orange, Santa Ana ......

A real city? The Santa Ana suburb is the Orange County equivalent to Fontana. Difference is Santa Ana is filled with people who think they are better than what they actually are, case and point yourself...

I lived in a real city, I come from Hunts Point, New York City. That place sucked and I'm glad I left to come here and live out with some family in the "IE".

Life in a city can be fun but it has major drawbacks also. Living in the Inland Empire is mellow, not as crowded and offers alot to do if you look deep enough

Btw why are you in an Inland Empire blog if your some hater from Orange County? Must be a boring "city" if all you have to do is talk down on the internet about other counties

But fontana hit the top twenty safest city's

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