Monterey Park, California

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Monterey Park, California

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.

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Monterey Park strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in California):

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Racial Diversity
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Top 3% trophy Monterey Park Racial Diversity

Comparative Profile of Monterey Park, California

Comparing Monterey Park to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in California (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Racial Diversity 10 10
Senior Citizens 10 9
Age of the Population 9 8
Female Share of the Population 7 9
Male Share of the Population 4 3
Children Under 5 Years Old 2 3
Well-Paid Single Men 1 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 9 7
Portion of People Married 7 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 6 6
Median Family Income 4 4
People Above Poverty 3 4
People in Middle Class or Better 3 4

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 8 8
Working at Home 6 4
Walking and Biking to Work 5 3
Short Commute Times 4 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 9 8
Affordability of Property Taxes 7 6
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 5 5
Affordability of Rents 4 6
Housing Recently Built 3 2
People Living Alone 2 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 8 8
Low Violent Crime 7 7

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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

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
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
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
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Monterey Park Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 60,051 100%
Male 28,845 48%
Female 31,206 52%
Under 18 12,768 21.3%
18+ 47,283 78.7%
65+ 10,747 17.9%
Median Age 38.4
Average Family Size 3.43
White 12,786 21.3%
African-American 226 0.4%
Asian 37,125 61.8%
American Indian & Alaskan 391 0.7%
Other 7,474 12.4%
Mixed Race 2,012 3.4%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 17,359 28.9%

Estimated Monterey Park Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 62,065
Growth 2,014
Growth % 3.4%

Monterey Park Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 91.4%
German 1.2%
Italian 1.2%
US/American 0.9%
English 0.9%
Irish 0.7%
French (except Basque) 0.4%
Arab/Arabic 0.2%
Armenian 0.2%
Swedish 0.2%
Polish 0.2%
Egyptian 0.2%
Russian 0.2%
Lebanese 0.2%
Scottish 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Monterey Park 60,051 $43,507
Alhambra 85,804 $43,245
East Los Angeles 124,283 $29,755
Montebello 62,150 $41,257
Rosemead 53,505 $36,552
San Gabriel 39,804 $45,287
South Pasadena 24,292 $72,039

Monterey Park Public Libraries

Bruggemeyer Memorial Library
Monterey Park, California
(626) 307-1418
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Monterey Park Hospitals

(626) 570-9000
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(626) 573-2222
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Starbucks in Monterey Park

(As of 2005)
Atlantic & Garvey Blvd
141 North Atlantic Blvd.
Atlantic Square
2100 South Atlantic Blvd.
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