Introduction to Paramount, California

Paramount is a city in California's Los Angeles County, located about 17 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles. Surrounded by four major freeways (Interstates I-105, I-605, I-710 and California State Highway 91), the city is within easy driving distance from Los Angeles International Airport and the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Nearby communities include Lynwood (to the north), Compton (to the west), Lakewood (to the south) and Bellflower (to the east).

Presumably named after the Paramount Pictures movie studio, Paramount began as an area formed by two small dairy communities named Clearwater and Hynes. During the 1930s, Hynes became the world leader in the marketing of hay and the place where a daily price for the world market would be established and announced. In 1940, Frank Zamboni opened an ice skating rink which would later become a world class training ground for professional skaters. The owner's name also became world famous when he invented the Zamboni Ice-Resurfacing machine, a device used in ice rinks around the world. The machines are today still manufactured exclusively in Paramount. In 1948, Hynes and Clearwater merged to form the town of Paramount, which became incorporated as a city in 1957.

Paramount Places of Interest

Interesting works of art can be found at major intersections, in parks, in front of businesses, and throughout town as part of Paramount's "Outdoor Art Museum." Recreational sites abound in the city, which contains nine parks, two public swimming pools, and a number of other recreational venues. A noted city landmark is Paramount Iceland, a full-service indoor ice skating facility offering recreational skating as well as hockey and figure skating programs. Iceland has served since 1940 as a premiere practice facility for many well-known skaters including Sonja Henie, Richard Dwyer and Peggy Fleming. The facility also has what may be the only pipe organ currently playing regularly in any ice skating arena in the nation. The Wurlitzer organ, first installed in 1941, is believed to date back to the 1920s. Paramount is also very close to some of Southern California's top tourist and recreational attractions, owing to its prime location adjacent to Los Angeles and Orange County.


Total Population 55,023
Male Share of the Population 49.2%
Female Share of the Population 50.8%
Senior Citizens 6.8%
Employed Population 16+ 22,404
Age of the Population 30


% of people married 43%
Average household size 4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 8.2%
Median Earnings25+ $26,888
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,319
Median Earnings With High School Degree $28,717


Median Family Income $47,146
% Above Poverty Level 76.9%
% Below Poverty Level 23.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 3.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4%
% Using Public Transportation 4.9%


People Living Alone 14.8%
Median Gross Rent $1,192
Median House Value $262,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 81.7%
US/American 0.2%
English 0.9%
Irish 0.7%

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

Paramount Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 8 miles N of Long Beach, California
County Los Angeles
Standard Zip Codes 90723
Phone Area Codes 562
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.889
Longitude -118.158

Paramount Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 5.1 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 12.8 miles
Jan Temp 49 to 68 F
Apr Temp 54 to 73 F
Jul Temp 65 to 84 F
Oct Temp 60 to 79 F
Annual Precip 15.1 inches
Distance 15 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
Bellflower 77,756 $53,081
Compton 97,955 $45,484
Downey 113,407 $66,373
Lakewood 81,173 $87,157
Lynwood 71,191 $42,638
Norwalk 106,659 $62,881

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

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Serves 3,937 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.2

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Student/teacher ratio: 22.3

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Student/teacher ratio: 16

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