Chino Hills was ranked 68th in Money Magazine's "Best places to live 2005". It is also the 6th highest income place in the United States (with population 65,000 to 250,000) and was ranked as the 13th safest city in the United States by the FBI. Chino Hills is generally considered a part of the Chino Valley. The city had a total population of 80,897 as of 2005.
The city of Chino Hills is bounded by Los Angeles County cities of Pomona and Diamond Bar to the north and to the northwest, the San Bernardino County city of Chino to the east, unincorporated Riverside County near Corona to the south and southeast, and the Orange County cities of Brea and Yorba Linda to the west and southwest, respectively.
Amtrak and Metrolink Stations near Chino Hills:
- 7 miles: Pomona (156 W. COMMERCIAL ST.). Services: partially wheelchair accessible, public payphones, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service, public transit connection.
- 8 miles: Ontario (228 S. PLUM ST.). Services: fully wheelchair accessible, public payphones, vending machines, free short-term parking, call for taxi service.
- 9 miles: Claremont (200 W. 1ST ST.) - Bus Station. Services: fully wheelchair accessible, public payphones, full-service food facilities, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for car rental service, call for taxi service, public transit connection.
From Orange County take the SR-57 North freeway or take SR-142 (Carbon Canyon Road) which is the only road connecting Chino Hills and Orange County.
From Los Angeles County take the SR-60 towards Pomona.
As in most suburban cities, it is very difficult to get around Chino Hills without a car.
Public transportation is almost non existent, however, the city does have an OmniLink dial a ride public service open to the public. For $2.50 one way, one can travel throughout the city and transfer for free to the Omnitrans public bus at the Chino Hills Marketplace and at the site of the former Chino Hills Government Center. The dial a ride service operates five days a week, mostly during daytime hours.
- 1 Chino Hills State Park, ☏ . With over 30 miles of sprawling oaks, sycamores and rolling grassy hills, Chino Hills State Park offers a variety of recreational choices including horseback riding, hiking, biking, and more. The Chino Hills State Park offers a place where people can camp for a few days. Parking is located directly next to each individual campsite making it easy to park RVs and cars right next to the site thereby making them easily accessible. Apart from camping, the park offers hiking, horseback riding, and biking over trails that meander through valleys and along ridge tops through woodlands, sage scrub and grasslands. Sixty miles (100 km) of trails and fire roads also offer excellent opportunities for viewing wildlife and native plants. Facilities consist of a picnic area, equestrian staging area, pipe corrals, a historic barn, water spigots and restrooms. Most of the trails accept multiple use. However, a few trails are designated for hiking only, because of safety issues or the potential for damage to habitat. The park is located 10 miles (16 km) northwest of Corona in the city of Chino Hills. Take the 91 Freeway to Highway 71-North, or the 10 Freeway or 60 Freeway to Highway 71-South. Exit on Soquel Canyon and turn west. Proceed to Elinvar and turn left. Elinvar and Sapphire (right) is the park entrance. Overnight tent and RV camping is available for $12 per night (RV access is with no hookups). Vehicle entrance is $4 per day. Otherwise, entrance is free to all walking traffic.
- Big League Dreams Chino Hills Sports Park. Big League Dreams Chino Hills Sports Park is a 34-acre City-owned facility that is operated and managed by Big League Dreams, USA. The park has attracted sports enthusiasts from all over the United States, other countries, and even the likes of big name Movie Directors. Big League Dreams Chino Hills Sports Park was the location of the final game scenes in the 2006 movie "The Benchwarmers". The park's facilities include: batting cages, tot lots, sand volleyball courts, and two stadium restaurants (that overlook playing fields).
- Harkins 18 Theater. A movie theater with various restaurants.
- McCoy Equestrian & Recreation Center. A beautiful 20-acre facility which features two lighted arenas, covered bleachers, and a gazebo as well as horseback riding activities.
- Crossroads Park. This park is home to the Annual "Concerts in the Park" Series during the summer months.
- Los Serranos Golf and Country Club. One of two public golf courses in Chino Hills.
- Green River Golf Course. The second of two public golf courses in Chino Hills.
There is only one mall in Chino Hills, as it is a suburban city. It has many shopping centers that are anchored by supermarkets. However, there are several shopping centers that have big name stores:
- Pine Center
- Country Club Marketplace
- Soquel Canyon Crossings
- The Golden Triangle at Chino Hills
- Fairfield Ranch Business Centre
- Woodview Plaza
- Chino Hills Marketplace
- The Commons at Chino Hills
- The Courts
- Payne Ranch Marketplace
- Gateway Village
- LeBand Village
- Gordon Ranch Marketplace
- Crossroads Entertainment Centre
- The Crossroads in Chino Hills
- Rolling Ridge Shopping Centre
- The Shoppes at Chino Hills (corner of Grand and Peyton Avenue). A high-end shopping mall located at the heart of Chino Hills. It features shops such as H&M, XXI Forever, Victoria's Secret, Ann Taylor, Lance Bryant, P.F. Chang's China Bistro, Barnes & Noble, and more.
The Shoppes at Chino Hills and The Commons at Chino Hills offer several upscale chain options such as PF Changs and the Yardhouse. Chino Hills Marketplace & Woodview Plaza, Payne Ranch Marketplace, Country Club Marketplace & Soquel Canyon Crossings and The Crossroads Shopping Centers have several fast food restaurants like KFC and Panda Express. Chino Hills Promenade & The Courts offers burger and pizza options. Gateway Village and Fairfield Ranch Business Center are home to chains like Denny's and Chili's.
Alcoholic Beverages are sold at many of the dining places in Chino Hills. The only major bars in Chino Hills are:
- Roscoe's (located at The Courts). Restaurant by day/bar by night
- Yardhouse (located at The Shoppes at Chino Hills).
- Shamrocks (Located on the northwest corner of the Chino Hills Parkway/Pipeline intersection).
- Ayres Suites Hotel, 4785 Chino Hills Parkway.
- Hampton Inn & Suites Chino Hills, 3150 Chino Ave, ☏ . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 12PM.
- Holiday Inn Express, 15433 Fairfield Ranch Rd.
In 2007, Chino Hills was named 13th Safest City in The United States by FBI Crime Statistics. The Chino Hills curfew is at 10 o'clock for all minors unless accompanied by an adult.
- Raging Waters - Located only about 10 minutes from Chino Hills in San Dimas is California's largest water park, featuring more than 50 rides and slides.
- Disneyland - The original happiest place on earth, located twenty miles to the southwest in Anaheim.
- Yorba Linda - Located 13 miles to the south, Yorba Linda is the birthplace of President Richard Nixon and is home to his Presidential library and museum.