Rolling Hills Estates is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. The population was 7,676 at the 2000 census. On the northern side of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, facing Torrance, Rolling Hills Estates is mostly residential. Incorporated in 1957, Rolling Hills Estates tries to maintain a fairly bucolic character with a large number of horse paths. The history of Rolling Hills Estates actually dates back to the establishment of the first Spanish rancho land grant in California.
Officially a part of Los Angeles County’s 60th municipality on September 18, 1957, The City of Rolling Hills Estates had a population of less than 4,000 united by its will to maintain its rolling hills and signature white fences.

The incorporation of other areas, especially between the years of 1959 and 1982, into the city lines of Rolling Hills Estates began in the city’s early years. At the time, such expansion seemed to threaten the atmosphere its citizens cherished and wanted to preserve. Today, the city has thirty distinct neighborhoods, each with its own style and architecture. As there are individual neighborhood Homeowners’ Associations as well every citizen and social organization is directly represented.

As of the census of 2000, there were 7,676 people, 2,806 households, and 2,334 families residing in the city. The population density was 825.5/km² (2,139.1/mi²). There were 2,880 housing units at an average density of 309.7/km² (802.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 73.91% White, 1.16% African American, 0.33% Native American, 20.28% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 0.99% from other races, and 3.26% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.77% of the population.

There were 2,806 households out of which 33.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 74.6% were married couples living together, 6.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.8% were non-families. 15.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.02. The median income for a household in the city was $109,010, and the median income for a family was $119,974. Males had a median income of $100,000+ versus $52,295 for females. The per capita income for the city was $51,849.

The city is served by Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District. PVPUSD schools have constantly ranked among the best in California and the nation. The Washington Post once ranked Palos Verdes Peninsula High School as the 8th best public or private high school in the nation[citation needed]. Chadwick School is a highly touted K-12 private school that serves the area, and the Rolling Hills Country Day School, adjacent to the South Coast Botanic Garden, offers a private K-8 education. Another private school is Christ Lutheran Church and School. It ranges from preschool to 8th grade.

Schools served by the PVPUSD:
• Cornerstone at Pedregal Elementary
• Dapplegray Elementary
• Lunada Bay Elementary
• Mira Catalina Elementary
• Miraleste Elementary
• Miraleste Intermediate
• Montemalaga Elementary
• Palos Verdes High
• Palos Verdes Intermediate
• Palos Verdes Peninsula High
• Point Vicente Elementary
• Rancho Del Mar High School
• Rancho Vista Elementary
• Ridgecrest Intermediate
• Silver Spur Elementary
• Soleado Elementary
• Vista Grande Elementary

Fire protection is provided by the Los Angeles County Fire Department with ambulance transport by McCormick Ambulance Service. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department provides law enforcement through a regional contract with Rolling Hills Estates and the neighboring cities of Rancho Palos Verdes and Rolling Hills. The Sheriff’s Department provides service operating out of the Lomita Station.

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