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Overview

Introduction to Monterey Park, California

The California city of Monterey Park is located in Los Angeles County. Situated in the San Gabriel Valley just 9 miles east of Los Angeles, the city is adjacent to three major thoroughfares: Interstates I-10 and I-710 and California State Highway 60. Monterey Park is bounded by Alhambra (to the north), Rosemead (to the east) and Montebello (to the south).

Incorporated in 1916, Monterey Park got its name from an old government map which associated the name Monterey Hills with the area's oak-covered hills. A period of expansion developed in the 1920s when the real estate industry attracted many investors and developers to the city. Although the Depression Era put a halt to the development boom, things perked up again after World War II. Monterey Park today boasts a very diverse demographic makeup, which includes a large and varied concentration of Asian American residents and a steady but significant multigenerational American-born Latino population. The city's major industries are auto sales, banking, medicine and education.

Things to do in Monterey Park

Monterey Park's diversity is reflected in its wide varieties of dining, shopping, and special events. The Chinese New Year Lantern Festival celebrates the arrival of the Chinese New Year and heralds the beginning of spring with elaborate floral arrangements, lively entertainment and delicious food. April's Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates Japanese and Japanese American culture with traditional Japanese dancing and music, martial arts demonstrations, hand-made crafts, Asian food and cultural displays. The Cinco de Mayo Celebration is a Mexican festival with Folklorico Dancers, Mariachis and samplings of Mexican cuisine. Harmony Festival, an October celebration of Monterey Park's cultural diversity, features several events including a Car Show, a City Hall Open House, tours of the Police Station, a petting zoo, theatrical performances, food, music and much more. Cultural sites to visit in the city include the Monterey Park Historical Museum, which offers free weekend tours. In addition, Monterey Park's central location within the San Gabriel Valley puts it in close proximity to Los Angeles, home to its own abundance of places to visit and sights to see.

People

Total Population 61,085
Male Share of the Population 48.2%
Female Share of the Population 51.8%
Senior Citizens 19.5%
Employed Population 16+ 26,326
Age of the Population 44

Families

% of people married 50%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 30.4%
Median Earnings25+ $32,005
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,479
Median Earnings With High School Degree $21,181

Wealth

Median Family Income $59,671
% Above Poverty Level 82.7%
% Below Poverty Level 17.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 5.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.6%
% Using Public Transportation 4.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 17%
Median Gross Rent $1,234
Median House Value $501,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 89.7%
US/American 0.3%
English 0.4%
Irish 0.9%

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

Monterey Park Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 7 miles E of Los Angeles, California
County Los Angeles
Standard Zip Codes 91754, 91755
Company Zip Codes 91756
Phone Area Codes 626
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.062
Longitude -118.121

Monterey Park 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 SAN GABRIEL FIRE DEPT
Distance 2.9 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
Station PASADENA
Distance 6.3 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 12.2 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Alhambra 84,782 $58,333
East Los Angeles 125,415 $41,639
Montebello 63,530 $54,134
Rosemead 54,615 $44,578
San Gabriel 40,198 $55,466
South Pasadena 25,999 $106,446

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

Monterey Park Public Libraries

Library
Bruggemeyer Memorial Library
318 S. RAMONA AVE.
Monterey Park, California
(626) 307-1418
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Monterey Park Hospitals

MONTEREY PARK HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
900 S ATLANTIC BLVD
(626) 570-9000
Emergency Service: Yes

GARFIELD MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
525 N GARFIELD AVE
(626) 573-2222
Emergency Service: Yes

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EAST LOS ANGELES COMMUNITY DAY
1260 S. MONTEREY PASS ROAD
323-262-2263
A Non-traditional School
Serves 171 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.2

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