Introduction to Alhambra, California

Located eight miles east of Los Angeles, the city of Alhambra sits in the western San Gabriel Valley region of Los Angeles County, California. Incorporated in 1903, the city was named after "The Tales of the Alhambra" by Washington Irving. Although its early history reflects a heavy Spanish influence, today's Alhambra is comprised of a wide range of ethnic groups and its businesses have strong ties to international commerce. Since the 1970s and 1980s, the city's proximity to the heavily Asian-American Monterey Park has attracted many East Asian immigrants, and present-day Alhambra includes a very active Chinese business district.

Bordering the city of Alhambra is San Gabriel on the east, San Marino and South Pasadena on the north, and Monterey Park on the south. Major freeways include interstate highways 10 and 710. Several quality educational institutions are located nearby, including the California Institute of Technology, California State University at Los Angeles, Pasadena City College, Pasadena College, East Los Angeles College, and slightly further away, UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) and USC (University of Southern California).

Things to do in and around Alhambra:

Alhambra's location affords easy access to numerous beach and mountain resorts, as well as major Southern California attractions including the following:

  • Aquarium of the Pacific
  • Arboretum of Los Angeles County
  • California Science Center/Exposition Park
  • Catalina Island
  • Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts
  • Disneyland
  • Griffith Observatory
  • Griffith Park
  • Hollywood Bowl
  • Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • Hollywood Wax Museum
  • Huntington Library
  • Ice House (Comedy Club)
  • Knott's Berry Farm
  • Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
  • Los Angeles Convention Center
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  • Los Angeles Zoo
  • Magic Mountain
  • NBC Studio Tour
  • Norton Simon Museum
  • Pacific-Asia Museum
  • Paramount Film and TV Studio
  • Pasadena Civic Auditorium
  • Pasadena Playhouse
  • Queen Mary
  • San Gabriel Mission
  • Santa Anita Race Track
  • Universal Studios
  • Warner Bros. Studios

Some of the local attractions within the city limits of Alhambra include: the Burke Heritage Park, Alhambra Historical Museum, and Shorb Garden. Alhambra is also host (jointly with the city of San Gabriel) to the annual San Gabriel Valley Lunar New Year Parade & Festival, which celebrates the Chinese New Year.

A sports landmark located in the adjacent city of Pasadena (about 4 miles away) is the Rose Bowl Stadium, best-known for its hosting of the annual Rose Bowl, the oldest and most famous of all the post-season college football bowl games. The stadium has also hosted the NFL Super Bowl five times, as well as the FIFA (soccer) World Cup finals for both men and women. Other notable sports stadiums located within easy driving distance to Alhambra are: Dodger Stadium, the Los Angeles Coliseum, the Los Angeles Forum, and the Los Angeles Sports Arena.

Teams that play nearby include Major League Baseball's LA Dodgers, the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers, and hockey's LA Kings (NHL). Lacrosse fans can enjoy games played by the Los Angeles Riptide, and soccer fans can see LA Galaxy games. Fans of collegiate football can take in games played by the nearby USC Trojans and UCLA Bruins.


Total Population 84,782
Male Share of the Population 48.9%
Female Share of the Population 51.1%
Senior Citizens 14.5%
Employed Population 16+ 40,618
Age of the Population 41


% of people married 46.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 32.9%
Median Earnings25+ $33,755
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,536
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,050


Median Family Income $58,333
% Above Poverty Level 84.2%
% Below Poverty Level 15.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 3.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.7%
% Using Public Transportation 3.8%


People Living Alone 25%
Median Gross Rent $1,210
Median House Value $494,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 85%
US/American 0.1%
English 1.3%
Irish 2.1%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Alhambra Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 7 miles NE of Los Angeles, California
County Los Angeles
Standard Zip Codes 91801, 91803, 91804
P.O. Box Zip Codes 91802, 91896, 91899
Company Zip Codes 91841
Phone Area Codes 626
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.095
Longitude -118.126

Alhambra Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 1.5 miles
Jan Temp 43 to 70 F
Apr Temp 50 to 77 F
Jul Temp 62 to 89 F
Oct Temp 55 to 83 F
Annual Precip 18.5 inches
Distance 4 miles
Jan Temp 44 to 68 F
Apr Temp 50 to 76 F
Jul Temp 61 to 89 F
Oct Temp 55 to 83 F
Annual Precip 21 inches
Station MT WILSON NO 2
Distance 10.1 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 53 F
Apr Temp 41 to 61 F
Jul Temp 63 to 82 F
Oct Temp 51 to 69 F
Annual Precip 40.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Alhambra, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

City of Industry (91899)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Monterey Park 61,085 $59,671
Pasadena 139,899 $90,405
Rosemead 54,615 $44,578
San Gabriel 40,198 $55,466
San Marino 13,353 $157,357
South Pasadena 25,999 $106,446

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Alhambra Public Libraries

Alhambra Public Library
410 W. MAIN ST.
Alhambra, California
(626) 570-5008
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Alhambra Hospitals

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Emergency Service: Yes

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Alhambra High Schools

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Serves 3,240 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26.2

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Serves 2,260 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26.6

1300 E. MAIN ST. SUITE 110
A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
Serves 659 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 29.4

A Non-traditional School
Serves 262 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 43.7

A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 201 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.3

A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 32 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.4

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