Introduction to Signal Hill, California

Signal Hill, California, in Los Angeles county, is 2 miles NE of Long Beach, California

Signal Hill History

Signal Hill was named after the hill where oil was discovered on June 23, 1921. The Tongva Indians originally used the area for signal fires. Signal Hill was incorporated as a city on April 22, 1924. Jessie Nelson became the first mayor of the city and eventually became the first female mayor of California.

Signal Hill and Nearby Attractions

  • Sunset County Beach.
  • Queen Mary Museum.
  • Aquarium of the Pacific.
  • Cerritos Regional County Park.
  • Cabrillo Marine Aquarium.
  • Long Beach Museum of Art.

Things To Do In Signal Hill

The Aquarium of the Pacific, the RMS Queen Mary and the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium are all accessible from Signal Hill. Those interested in the area's history can visit the Museum of Latin American Art, the Banning Residence Museum or the Long Beach Museum of Art. The Sunset County Beach and the Cerritos Regional County Park are nearby as well.

Signal Hill Transportation

Los Angeles International is nearby.

Signal Hill Higher Education

Long Beach City College and California State University-Long Beach are some of the local colleges and universities.


Total Population 11,332
Male Share of the Population 49.7%
Female Share of the Population 50.3%
Senior Citizens 7.5%
Employed Population 16+ 5,395
Age of the Population 34


% of people married 42.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 35.6%
Median Earnings25+ $42,259
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,139
Median Earnings With High School Degree $34,640


Median Family Income $59,028
% Above Poverty Level 81.9%
% Below Poverty Level 18.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 5.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.3%
% Using Public Transportation 3%


People Living Alone 23.6%
Median Gross Rent $1,209
Median House Value $380,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 69.2%
US/American 0.2%
English 4.2%
Irish 5.8%

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

Signal Hill Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 2 miles NE of Long Beach, California
County Los Angeles
Standard Zip Codes 90755, 90804, 90806, 90807
Phone Area Codes 562
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.804
Longitude -118.166

Signal Hill Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 1.3 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 15.2 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 17.6 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Signal Hill, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Bixby Knolls (90807)

East Long Beach (90804)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Hawaiian Gardens 14,475 $37,485
Lakewood 81,173 $87,157
Long Beach 470,237 $59,530
Los Alamitos 11,658 $90,054
Paramount 55,023 $47,146
Seal Beach 24,551 $94,516

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

Signal Hill Public Libraries

Signal Hill Public Library
1770 E. HILL ST.
Signal Hill, California
(562) 989-7323

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