It was colonized by the Spanish who built the San Fernando Mission, Charles Maclay purchased 56,000 acres of land equivalent to 227 square kilometers which he subdivided into agricultural parcels where they grow: critus, nuts, beans, wheat and vegetables. In 1950 the urbanization of the San Fernando Valley arrived in Pacoima and changed from farming area to a industrial and residential area.
You don't see homeless people in Pacoima streets, some major companies hold their headquarters like: Natural Balance Pet Foos, Juicy Couture. Pacoima landscape have changed over the years, in 1994 one third of Pacoima's residents lived in public housing complexes. According to the 1990 Census most of the residents were under 18 years of age. In 2009 Los Angeles Times provided the following statistics for Pacoima: Population of 75,014 with median household income of $ 49,066. The population is predominantly Hispanic.
Local Govenment , County as well as Federal have representation like: Los Angeles Police Depatment, Fire Department, Health Services, United States Postal Service and is served by Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and have a local airport named: Whiteman Airport.
Parks: Gonzalez Park, Ritchie Valens was Pacoima's Resident so a park and recreation center was named Ritchie Valens Park and Recreation Center and there is an annual festival named Ritchie Valens Fest, by the way his remains are at San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Mission Hills.
The Following schools serve Pacoima residents: 6 Elementary Schools, 2 Middle Schools and 3 High Schools, plus Vaughn International Studies Academi, Discovery Charter Preparatory School and Berth Corona Charter School and it have a Public Library.