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Overview

Incorporated in 1923, South Gate is the 59th largest city in California, and the 16th largest city in Los Angeles County. South Gate is located in the southern part of the state, and borders the southeastern part of the City of Los Angeles.

South Gate straddles both the Los Angeles River and Interstate 710. It fits, with room to spare, in the triangle bounded by Interstate 110, on the west, Interstate 105 on the south, and Interstate 5 along the northeast. The Pacific Ocean is about 10 miles away whether you are traveling due west or due south. The southeast portion of the city is an area known as Hollydale, a community which was annexed by South Gate.

South Gate is served by four airports, which are all between 6 and 12 miles away. The Metropolitan Transit Authority provides bus service.

Much of South Gate was included in the grant of land from the King of Spain to Don Antonio Maria Lugo in 1810 as a result of his father's service in the Spanish Army. It was originally used for agricultural crops and for grazing cattle, horses, and sheep. The land, known as Rancho San Antonio, was divided into smaller units as it was passed down. By the 1870's much of it was 40 acre tracts.

Between 1910 and 1940 homes, factories, and a commercial district grew at the south gate of the rancho, providing the city with its name. An early housing development named "Southgate Gardens-Gateway to the Sea" began selling in 1917. It comprised 268 parcels of land, each roughly a half acre. By 1918 a total of 125 homes held an estimated 500 residents. The railroad, homes, and industry reinforced each other's growth. In the 1920's and 1930's several large companies constructed factories in South Gate including Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, A. R. Maas Chemical Company, the fore runner of U.S. Gypsum named Star Roofing Company, and General Motors. Since then, major changes have been the boon to industry which World War II brought, and the immigration of Latino and other groups which began in the 1970's.

The city maintains nine parks. South Gate Park, the largest, with 96 acres, offers:

  • 10 baseball diamonds
  • 6 tennis courts
  • Horseshoe pits
  • A shuffle board court
  • Basketball
  • Handball
  • A 9-hole Frisbee golf
  • An Olympic size swimming pool
  • 20 acres of picnic grounds with tables and barbeques
  • A par 3 golf course
  • A Municipal Auditorium
  • A Girls Clubhouse

One annual attraction is the South Gate Children's Christmas Lane Parade. Others are the Southern Avenue Bike Pedestrian Way and the Rio Hondo Bicycle Trail

In 1990 South Gate, along with nine other cities, received the "All-America City Award" given by the National Civic League. In 2006, Southgate Elementary School was given an "Honorable Mention Award" by the California School Recognition Program.

The famous aviator, Amelia Earhart, was taught to fly at an unpaved air strip in South Gate named Kinner Field. It was located on Century Boulevard at the intersection with Long Beach Boulevard. Glenn Seaborg, the 1951 co-winner of the "Nobel Prize", who also worked on the Manhattan Project lived in a neighborhood which later became part of South Gate.

People

Total Population 95,515
Male Share of the Population 49.3%
Female Share of the Population 50.7%
Senior Citizens 8.1%
Employed Population 16+ 39,403
Age of the Population 31

Families

% of people married 41.7%
Average household size 4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 6.9%
Median Earnings25+ $25,205
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,628
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,701

Wealth

Median Family Income $44,947
% Above Poverty Level 79%
% Below Poverty Level 21%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 2.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.6%
% Using Public Transportation 7.8%

Housing

People Living Alone 11.7%
Median Gross Rent $993
Median House Value $297,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 92.5%
US/American 0%
English 0.4%
Irish 0.4%

South Gate Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 7 miles S of Los Angeles, California
County Los Angeles
Standard Zip Codes 90280
Phone Area Codes 323
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.954
Longitude -118.211

South Gate Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station LOS ANGELES DOWNTOWN USC
Distance 7.5 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
Station LONG BEACH AP
Distance 10.2 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
Station SAN GABRIEL FIRE DEPT
Distance 11.9 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bell 35,896 $36,390
Bell Gardens 42,712 $36,739
Cudahy 24,073 $36,289
Huntington Park 58,787 $35,367
Lynwood 70,789 $41,332
Maywood 27,703 $37,342
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South Gate High Schools

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SOUTH GATE SENIOR HIGH
3351 FIRESTONE BLVD.
323-567-2333
A Title I School.
Serves 5,020 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26.8

ODYSSEY CONTINUATION
8693 DEARBORN AVE.
323-567-5536
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 162 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 27

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