Glendale, the third largest city in Los Angeles County, lies at the eastern end of the San Fernando Valley, bisected by the Verdugo Mountains.  The city is bordered to the northwest by the Sun Valley and Tujunga neighborhoods of Los Angeles, to the northeast by La Cañada Flintridge, to the west by Burbank and Griffith Park, to the east by Eagle Rock and Pasadena, to the south by Atwater Village and to the southeast by Glassell Park.  The Golden State, Ventura, Glendale, and Foothill freeways run through the city.


The area now known as Glendale was long inhabited by the Tongva people (or "People of the Earth"), who were later renamed the Gabrieleños by the Spanish missionaries, after the nearby Mission San Gabriel Arcángel.  In 1884, residents gathered to form a town and chose the name "Glendale" and Glendale incorporated in 1906.  Grand Central Airport was developed from 1923 and became the largest employer in Glendale for many years and contributed to the development of aviation in the United States in many important ways.  The main terminal building still stands and includes both art deco and Spanish style architectural elements and was the first official terminal for the Los Angeles area as well as the departure point for the first commercial west to east transcontinental flight flown by Charles Lindbergh.  The Bob's Big Boy chain of hamburger restaurants started in Glendale on East Colorado in August 1936, and the Baskin-Robbins, "31 Flavors" chain of ice cream parlors started in Adams Square in 1945.  The city saw significant development in the 1970s with the completion of the Glendale Freeway (Highway 2) and the Ventura Freeway (Highway 134), the renovation of the 1925 Alex Theater, and the construction of the Glendale Galleria shopping mall (which was the location for the first Panda Express restaurant, the first 3-story Target store in the U.S. and the first of Steve Job's Apple Stores).

Several large companies have offices in Glendale including Nero AG, Panda Security, Viacom, Dreamworks SKG, The Muppets Studio and Marvel Studios.  The Walt Disney Company also has a large campus located in the Grand Central Business Park that includes the headquarters for its Imagineering and Consumer Products divisions, and the Disney-owned KABC-TV is headquartered on the property.   The U.S. headquarters of the Swiss foods multinational Nestlé and International House of Pancakes are located in Glendale.  The Los Angeles regional office of California's State Compensation Insurance Fund is here, and Americas United Bank was formed here in 2006 and their headquarters are located in Glendale.

In addition to the Galleria, Glendale has a wide selection of shopping opportunities.  The Americana at Brand is an upscale outdoor mall (similar to The Grove at Farmers Market in L.A.) and includes stores such as H&M, Armani Exchange, True Religion, Forever 21 and Urban Outfitters.  There is also the Glendale Fashion Center, located next to the Glendale University College of Law, and Montrose Shopping Park in North Glendale which runs down Honolulu Avenue and is filled with many great stores and restaurants.  Glendale also offers a diverse range of highly-rated Zagat restaurants such as Raffi's Place, Bashan and Gauchos Village.  The community's large Armenian population and the many authentic Armenian grocers, bakers and markets make Glendale a culinary destination for "foodies" throughout the Los Angeles area.  Some of the best Indian, French, Mexican, and Italian restaurants in Los Angeles can also be found in Glendale as well as many outstanding sushi places.


The Glendale Unified School District operates the public schools in Glendale and a number of private schools also operate in the community, including Chamlian Armenian School, Holy Family High School, Salem Lutheran School and Glendale Adventist Academy. Glendale is also home to Glendale College.  Glendale maintains its own police department. and the California Highway Patrol has its Southern Division Headquarters in Downtown Glendale. Glendale also maintains its own class one fire department and ambulance service.  Glendale offers many transportation options including LADOT, Metro Local, Metro Rapid and Glendale Beeline which all have buses that run in the city.  The Glendale Transportation Center provides connections to Greyhound buses and three train lines.