In a city with more than 177,000 residents, Rancho Cucamonga, California, you can expect a couple of them to be famous. Lots of people have made the name Cucamonga a household name in the country, including radio and TV personalities, actors, and sports personalities. Here are some names you might recognize that hail from this little sandy haven in California.

Darren Collison

The quick point guard plays for the Dallas Mavericks after being traded from the Indiana Pacers in the 2012 off-season. He was born in 1987 in Rancho Cucamonga, and he had one of the best statistical seasons in 2011. Back then he averaged 13 points and 5 assists every game for the Indiana Pacers, probably the reason why the Dallas Mavericks poached him.
Collison’s father and mother, Dennis Collison and June Griffith, are both top-ranked international sprinters. The NBA star married Keyosha Sanders back in 2011.

Young Noble

Member of Tupac Shakur’s Outlawz hip-hop group and featured in 2008 All Eyez on Us album together with Lil’ Flip, Young Noble deserves a spot in the hip hop hall of fame. The rapper started his career by featuring in several Tupac Songs in The 7 Day Theory album. He also appeared in the 2002 documentary Outlawz: Worldwide. Young Noble’s real name is Rufus Ciiper II, and he was born on March 21, 1978, in Rancho Cucamonga.

Apart from collaborating with famous starts, the California-based rapper released several solo albums including Son of God and Noble Justice.

Nichkhun

Ranch Cucamonga has no shortage of rappers and Nichkhunis the latest rising star from the ‘sandy place.’ The American-born Thai vocalist was born on June 24, 1988, to Thai and Chinese parents in Rancho Cucamonga.

Before his music career, Nichkhun coached badminton at a Rosemead high school in California. His career took off when he signed with South Korea’s JYP Entertainment Talent Agency. He made his debut with 2PM in 2008, and since then, he has gone on to make waves in the music and film industries. He starred in a Chinese TV movie One and a Half Summer as well as guest-starring on a Korean TV series, We Got Married.
Nichkhun has more than 3,000,000 followers on Twitter, and he has two sisters. Although he is not married, the rapper dated Tiffany from the Generation music group in 2014 and 2015. His mates in 2PM including Lee Junho and Jang Wooyoung went to become international superstars too.