La Cañada Flintridge is a small city with a population at the 2010 census of 20,246, down from 20,318 at the 2000 census. According to Forbes, as of 2010, La Cañada Flintridge ranks as the 143rd most expensive U.S. city to live in, with a median home price of $1,321,367. La Cañada Flintridge varies in elevation from about 970 feet (295 m) just below Devil’s Gate Dam in the Arroyo Seco to about 2400 feet (730 m) at the highest neighborhood, along the mountain front east of Pickens Canyon, at the upper end of Ocean View Blvd. The city limits extend into the San Gabriel Mountains and reach 3440 feet (1050 m) along Mount Lukens Road, which follows the crest line well above the developed city. According to an estimate, the median income for a household in the city was $140,474, and the median income for a family was $157,511. This makes La Cañada Flintridge the 17th most affluent city in the United States, according to CNN Money.
La Cañada Flintridge has been home to many celebrities over the years, including Vince Vaughn; Angela Bassett; Mark Geragos; Ron Howard; Chris D’Elia; Diane Farr; Haley Joel Osment and Emily Osment; Kevin Costner; Bill Plaschke, Miley Cyrus, Billy Ray Cyrus and Steve Priest. Three of Walt Disney’s top animators, Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston and Eric Larson settled here as well as Academy Award winner Chris Buck. Currently several prominent animators and TV news personalities make La Cañada Flintridge their home. It is also a popular filming location, where parts of movies such as “American Pie”, “Date Movie”, “Old School” and the 1946 Frank Capra / James Stewart holiday classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” have been shot. La Cañada Flintridge is also the home of many current professional baseball players, notably MLBinfielder Rafael Furcal and outfielder Manny Ramirez, as well as former MLB players Mike Marshall (outfielder) ( Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets) and pitcher Jae Seo, and golfer David Lipsky.