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city, Los Angeles county, southern California, U.S. It lies at the eastern end of the San Gabriel Valley and is about 20 miles (30 km) east of the city centre of Los Angeles. Settled in 1905, it began as an agricultural community surrounded by citrus and walnut groves. After World War II it experienced rapid growth with the urbanization of the Los Angeles metropolitan area. West Covina consists almost entirely of moderate-size single-family homes, and its labour force mainly commutes to Los Angeles, Pomona, and other nearby manufacturing and commercial centres. Its population is predominantly Hispanic and Asian. Angeles National Forest is north of the city. Inc. city, 1923. Pop. (1990) 96,086; (2000) 105,080.