Introduction to Signal Hill, California

Signal Hill, California, in Los Angeles county, is 2 miles NE of Long Beach, California. The city has a population of 9,333.

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 11,245
Male Share of the Population 48.2%
Female Share of the Population 51.8%
Senior Citizens 7%
Employed Population 16+ 5,588
Age of the Population 35


% of people married 40.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 34.9%
Median Earnings25+ $42,487
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,386
Median Earnings With High School Degree $33,852


Median Family Income $65,851
% Above Poverty Level 84.3%
% Below Poverty Level 15.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 6.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.7%
% Using Public Transportation 2.2%


People Living Alone 25.6%
Median Gross Rent $1,175
Median House Value $377,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 70.7%
US/American 0.2%
English 4.9%
Irish 5.6%

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 14,432 $38,246
Lakewood 80,926 $88,660
Long Beach 468,594 $59,710
Los Alamitos 11,598 $89,271
Paramount 54,813 $43,997
Seal Beach 24,477 $92,352

Signal Hill Public Libraries

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

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