Introduction to Sierra Madre, California

Sierra Madre, California is 1 mile NW of Arcadia, California and 13 miles NE of Los Angeles, California. It is in Los Angeles county. The city is part of the Los Angeles-Long Beach metro area. 

Sierra Madre History

Historical links connect the city of Sierra Madre with the old mountain resorts of the San Gabriel Mountains and Valley. The original inhabitants of the area were the Tongva Indians, and it was only in 1769 that the first Spanish settlers arrived in the region. The 1,103 acres that originally comprised the Sierra Madre area were purchased by Nathaniel Carter in February 1881. The following years saw a rapid growth of the city and on February 2, 1907, the city of Sierra Madre was officially incorporated by the first citywide election.

Sierra Madre and Nearby Attractions

  • Sierra Madre City Hall.
  • Sierra Madre Public Library.
  • Mount Oliva Passionist Fathers Home.
  • American Acrylic Aquariums.
  • Bailey Canyon Park.
  • Sierra Madre Cemetery.

Things To Do In Sierra Madre

One of the major attractions of Sierra Madre is the American Acrylic Aquariums. It is popular tourist destination and finds favor with both adults and children. The city's rich historical and cultural heritage is reflected in the city halls, public libraries and other memorial buildings. There are quite a few churches and cemeteries that one can visit to spend some quiet time. Parks like the Bailey Canyon Park, Wilderness Park, and the Mount Wilson Trail Park offer excellent amusement opportunities for kids and adults alike.

Sierra Madre Transportation

Los Angeles International Airport provides near-direct access to Sierra Madre.

Sierra Madre Higher Education

The city is served by Pasadena City College.


Total Population 11,084
Male Share of the Population 49%
Female Share of the Population 51%
Senior Citizens 17.5%
Employed Population 16+ 5,421
Age of the Population 46


% of people married 59.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 63.7%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $116,000
% Above Poverty Level 94.3%
% Below Poverty Level 5.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 5.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.6%
% Using Public Transportation 3.1%


People Living Alone 26.8%
Median Gross Rent $1,478
Median House Value $835,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 45.3%
US/American 1.5%
English 12.2%
Irish 9.7%

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

Sierra Madre Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 1 miles NW of Arcadia, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 13 miles NE of Los Angeles, California
County Los Angeles
Standard Zip Codes 91024
P.O. Box Zip Codes 91025
Phone Area Codes 626
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.161
Longitude -118.051

Sierra Madre Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station MT WILSON NO 2
Distance 5 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
Distance 5.7 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
Distance 23.5 miles
Jan Temp 45 to 69 F
Apr Temp 51 to 73 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 56 to 80 F
Annual Precip 11.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Arcadia 57,564 $96,118
Bradbury 839 $110,625
Duarte 21,769 $72,053
Monrovia 37,164 $81,650
San Marino 13,353 $157,357
Temple City 36,079 $74,721

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

Sierra Madre Public Libraries

Sierra Madre Public Library
Sierra Madre, California
(626) 355-7186

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