Introduction to San Marino, California

San Marino, California, in Los Angeles county, is 2 miles NE of Alhambra, California (center to center) and 9 miles NE of Los Angeles, California. The city is conveniently located inside the Los Angeles-Long Beach metropolitan area. 

San Marino History

The area that is presently known as San Marino, was originally inhabited by the Gabrielino Indians. It went on to become a part of the San Gabriel Mission. Major portions of the area were included in a land grant that was given to an Indian lady, Victoria Reid. The present name of San Marino was based upon the Republic of San Marino in Italy and was given by J. De Barth Shorb.

San Marino and Nearby Attractions

  • The Huntington Library.
  • San Marino City Hall.
  • El Molino Viejo.
  • Botanical Gardens.
  • Lacy Park.
  • Archives of American Art.

Things To Do In San Marino

San Marino is a wealthy city. Apart from the regular attraction like parks and playgrounds, the most popular tourist attraction is The Huntington Library which with its Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, is a world class cultural and educational center, which has been built on 150 acres of exquisite gardens. Its has rare books and manuscripts and one of the best collections of art from the 18th century.

San Marino Transportation

The local airport is Burbank/ Glendale/ Pasadena Airport.

San Marino Higher Education

The area is served by the Pasadena City College.


Total Population 13,294
Male Share of the Population 47.8%
Female Share of the Population 52.2%
Senior Citizens 18.6%
Employed Population 16+ 5,220
Age of the Population 46


% of people married 65.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 69.9%
Median Earnings25+ $80,642
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $46,875
Median Earnings With High School Degree $60,417


Median Family Income $154,050
% Above Poverty Level 92.2%
% Below Poverty Level 7.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 11.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.8%
% Using Public Transportation 1%


People Living Alone 14%
Median Gross Rent $2
Median House Value $1


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 66.2%
US/American 1.3%
English 6.7%
Irish 6.7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2014, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

San Marino Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles NE of Alhambra, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 9 miles NE of Los Angeles, California
County Los Angeles
Standard Zip Codes 91108
P.O. Box Zip Codes 91118
Phone Area Codes 626
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.121
Longitude -118.105

San Marino Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 1.5 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 3.2 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 8.1 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 84,400 $57,056
Pasadena 139,065 $88,600
San Gabriel 40,173 $62,144
Sierra Madre 11,060 $111,389
South Pasadena 25,914 $107,015
Temple City 36,006 $73,210

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2014, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

San Marino Public Libraries

San Marino Public Library
San Marino, California
(626) 300-0777
Library Web Site

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