Introduction to Pico Rivera, California

The California city of Pico Rivera is located in southeastern Los Angeles County, on the eastern edge of the Los Angeles basin and on the southern edge of the San Gabriel Valley. Situated only 12 miles southeast of Los Angeles, Pico Rivera is accessible to Interstates I-605 (San Gabriel Freeway), I-5 (Santa Ana Freeway) and I-60 (Pomona Freeway). The city is also within a 30 minute drive from Los Angeles International, Ontario and John Wayne airports.

Pico Rivera History

Pico Rivera traces its roots to the 1870s when the separate communities of Pico (named for Pío Pico, former governor of California) and Rivera resulted from the completion of rail lines by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe and Union Pacific railroads. During the first four decades of the 20th century, these two country towns grew slowly in a rich agricultural atmosphere. Following the end of World War II, the sudden demand for housing attracted subdividers, who bought and cleared large parcels of land in the 1950s. The onset of new commercial enterprises, subdivisions, and young families filling the area drew the older neighborhoods of Pico and Rivera closer together. Leaders from both communities began to voice strong support for incorporation, and in 1958, the two communities were merged into the new City of Pico Rivera.

Pico Rivera Places of Interest

Pico Rivera has seven major neighborhood parks totaling more than 100 acres, as well as the Pico Rivera Municipal Golf Course, a lighted nine-hole executive course built in 1965. The Pico Rivera Sports Arena, built in 1979, is reputed to be the largest Mexican rodeo ring in the country. Approximately 25 shows are held at the facility every year. The Pico Rivera Centre for the Arts, which opened its doors in 1989, features a 1,000 square-foot space for gallery exhibits and classroom areas for fine art instruction. Its programs allow individuals to investigate all aspects of the arts including production, history, criticism and aesthetics. The Pico Rivera Historical Museum, housed in a circa-1887 train depot, chronicles the city's colorful past through its collection of photographs, documents and artifacts. The Pico Rivera Library, constructed in 1961, is the only circular library in the country. Its unique circular construction provides separate reading areas for children and adults.


Total Population 63,839
Male Share of the Population 48.7%
Female Share of the Population 51.3%
Senior Citizens 13.2%
Employed Population 16+ 27,241
Age of the Population 35


% of people married 43.6%
Average household size 4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 11.2%
Median Earnings25+ $30,864
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,959
Median Earnings With High School Degree $28,810


Median Family Income $62,179
% Above Poverty Level 86.3%
% Below Poverty Level 13.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.3%
% Using Public Transportation 4.1%


People Living Alone 17.2%
Median Gross Rent $1,210
Median House Value $336,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 88.3%
US/American 0.3%
English 0.6%
Irish 0.9%

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

Pico Rivera Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 9 miles SE of Los Angeles, California
County Los Angeles
Standard Zip Codes 90660
P.O. Box Zip Codes 90661, 90662
Company Zip Codes 90665
Phone Area Codes 562
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.983
Longitude -118.095

Pico Rivera Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 2.3 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
Distance 8.1 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 12 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bell Gardens 42,842 $37,152
Commerce 13,017 $50,044
Downey 113,407 $66,373
Montebello 63,530 $54,134
Santa Fe Springs 17,162 $64,958
Whittier 86,688 $75,831

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

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Student/teacher ratio: 23.2

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Serves 206 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 27.5

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