Introduction to Los Alamitos, California

Los Alamitos, California, in Orange county, is 3 miles S of Cerritos, California and 7 miles E of Long Beach, California. Los Alamitos is part of the surrounding Orange County metro area.

Los Alamitos History

Los Alamitos was originally an Indian village inhabited by the Puvu Indians. The land was explored by Gaspar De Portola and his team in 1769. John Bixby of the Rancho Los Alamitos purchased the land that is today Los Alamitos, and the deal was financed by his cousins and banker I.W. Hellman. John died in 1888 and the ranch was divided between the three owning families. During the mid 1890s, the Bixbys contracted with Montana silver baron William A. Clark and provided the land to build a new sugar beet factory. Subsequently, the town of Los Alamitos was incorporated in 1960.

Los Alamitos and Nearby Attractions

  • El Dorado Nature Center.
  • Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch and Gardens.
  • Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site.

Things To Do In Los Alamitos

The city of Los Alamitos features a number of recreational activities. Apart from its shopping centers and restaurants, it also offers race course, golf courses, swimming facilities, children's playgrounds and baseball fields.

Los Alamitos Transportation

Long Beach Airport is in close proximity to Los Alamitos.

Los Alamitos Higher Education

Cypress College serves the city.


Total Population 11,658
Male Share of the Population 48.6%
Female Share of the Population 51.4%
Senior Citizens 14.3%
Employed Population 16+ 5,337
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 47.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 39.5%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $90,054
% Above Poverty Level 88.8%
% Below Poverty Level 11.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 5.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3%
% Using Public Transportation 1.1%


People Living Alone 21.9%
Median Gross Rent $1,570
Median House Value $647,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 48.1%
US/American 0.6%
English 8.8%
Irish 10.9%

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

Los Alamitos Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles S of Cerritos, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 7 miles E of Long Beach, California
County Orange
Standard Zip Codes 90720
P.O. Box Zip Codes 90721
Phone Area Codes 562
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.803
Longitude -118.071

Los Alamitos Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 4.6 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
Distance 12.3 miles
Jan Temp 47 to 69 F
Apr Temp 52 to 74 F
Jul Temp 63 to 83 F
Oct Temp 58 to 80 F
Annual Precip 13.8 inches
Distance 13.5 miles
Jan Temp 45 to 69 F
Apr Temp 51 to 73 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 56 to 80 F
Annual Precip 11.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Artesia 16,785 $62,517
Cerritos 49,701 $99,915
Cypress 49,008 $89,347
Hawaiian Gardens 14,475 $37,485
La Palma 15,842 $87,381
Seal Beach 24,551 $94,516

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

Los Alamitos Hospitals

(562) 799-3220
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 26.1

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Student/teacher ratio: 22.3

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