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Overview

Introduction to Downey California

Incorporated in 1956, Downey is a city in Los Angeles County, in Southern California. Downey is approximately twenty minutes southeast of Los Angeles and twenty minutes northeast of Long Beach.

Downey was founded by, and is named after former California governor John Gately Downey. He founded Downey in the 1870s. Downey was home to the First Taco Bell restaurant, and is the home to the oldest surviving McDonald's restaurant in the world, the fourth McDonald's which was built in 1953. Karen and Richard Carpenter, of the singing group the Carpenters, attended Downey High School after their parents moved to Downey in 1963.

Downey received a "League of California Cities Helen Putnam Awards of Excellence" in 2001 for "Economic & Community Development". Downey has three schools recognized as "Distinguished Elementary Schools" by the "California School Recognition Program". The schools are the C.C. Carpenter Elementary school, the Edith Unsworth Elementary school, and the Rio Hondo Elementary school. In addition, three others received awards as "Honorable Mention Schools", including the Alameda Elementary school, the Ed C. Lewis Elementary school, and the Maude Price School. Downey's West Middle school also received an award in the "Distinguished Middle and High Schools" category.

Downey Arts, Culture, and Entertainment

Downey residents can take advantage of all of the arts and entertainment attractions of Los Angeles and surrounding Los Angeles County. Some of the attractions of note in and around Downey include:

  • The Carpenters Collection at the Downey City Library
  • The Civic Light Opera
  • The Downey Civic Theatre
  • The Downey History Center
  • The Downey Museum of Art
  • The Downey Symphony
  • The Krikorian Theatre
  • The Rio Hondo Golf Club
  • The World's Oldest McDonald's

Downey is conveniently located near many professional teams, including:

  • The Los Angeles Avengers of the Arena Football League (AFL).
  • The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB).
  • Club Deportivo Chivas USA and the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer (MLS).
  • The Lancaster JetHawks, and Inland Empire 66ers of Minor League Baseball (MiLB). The JetHawks are a Class A Advanced affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and the 66ers are a Class A Advanced affiliate of the Seattle Mariners.
  • The Los Angeles Clippers and the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
  • The Anaheim Mighty Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL).
  • The Los Angeles Storm, and Southern California Seahorses who play in the United Soccer League's (USL) Premier Development League.
  • The Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA.

Downey is also only thirty minutes south of Pasadena, home to the Tournament of Roses Parade and the NCAA's Rose Bowl every January first.

People

Total Population 113,082
Male Share of the Population 49.6%
Female Share of the Population 50.4%
Senior Citizens 10.5%
Employed Population 16+ 52,283
Age of the Population 34

Families

% of people married 44.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 21.3%
Median Earnings25+ $35,891
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $23,401
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,886

Wealth

Median Family Income $64,187
% Above Poverty Level 88%
% Below Poverty Level 12%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 2.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2%
% Using Public Transportation 2.8%

Housing

People Living Alone 17%
Median Gross Rent $1,225
Median House Value $413,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 79.9%
US/American 0.1%
English 2.1%
Irish 2.3%

Downey Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 10 miles SE of Los Angeles, California
County Los Angeles
Standard Zip Codes 90240, 90241, 90242
P.O. Box Zip Codes 90239
Phone Area Codes 562
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.94
Longitude -118.131

Downey Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station MONTEBELLO
Distance 5.6 miles
Jan Temp 48 to 70 F
Apr Temp 53 to 77 F
Jul Temp 64 to 89 F
Oct Temp 58 to 82 F
Annual Precip 14.4 inches
Station LONG BEACH AP
Distance 8.6 miles
Jan Temp 46 to 68 F
Apr Temp 53 to 73 F
Jul Temp 65 to 83 F
Oct Temp 58 to 79 F
Annual Precip 12.9 inches
Station SAN GABRIEL FIRE DEPT
Distance 11.2 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bell Gardens 42,712 $36,739
Cudahy 24,073 $36,289
Norwalk 106,455 $63,688
Paramount 54,813 $43,997
Pico Rivera 63,698 $62,987
Santa Fe Springs 16,859 $63,333

Downey Public Libraries

Library
Downey City Library
11121 BROOKSHIRE AVE.
Downey, California
(562) 904-7360
County Of Los Angeles Public Library
7400 E. IMPERIAL HIGHWAY
Downey, California
(562) 940-8462
Library Web Site

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Downey Hospitals

DOWNEY REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
11500 BROOKSHIRE AVENUE
(526) 904-5000
Emergency Service: Yes

LAC/RANCHO LOS AMIGOS NATIONAL MED CTR
(Government - Local)
7601 EAST IMPERIAL HIGHWAY
(562) 401-7022
Emergency Service: No

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Downey High Schools

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JUVENILE HALL/COMMUNITY
9300 E. IMPERIAL HWY.
562-803-8204
A Non-traditional School
Serves 3,684 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.7

DOWNEY HIGH
11040 BROOKSHIRE AVE.
562-869-7301
Serves 3,610 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.4

WARREN HIGH
8141 DE PALMA ST.
562-869-7306
Serves 3,275 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.7

SPECIAL EDUCATION
9300 E. IMPERIAL HWY.
562-803-8306
A Special Education School
Serves 2,975 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.3

ALTERNATIVE/OPPORTUNITY
9300 E. IMPERIAL HWY.
562-803-8467
A Non-traditional School
Serves 817 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24

COLUMBUS CONTINUATION
12330 S. WOODRUFF AVE.
562-904-3552
A Non-traditional School
Serves 306 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.5

RANCHO LOS AMIGOS HOSPITAL
7601 E. IMPERIAL HWY.
562-904-3579
A Special Education School
Serves 19 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 3.2

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