Introduction to Arcadia, California

The city of Arcadia is located at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains in Los Angeles County, California. The city is situated about 21 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles in the San Gabriel Valley, just off of California State Highway 134. Other major thoroughfares surrounding the city include Interstates I-5, I-10, I-210, and I-605.

First settled in the mid-nineteenth century, Arcadia began to take shape in 1875 when real estate speculator Elias Jackson "Lucky" Baldwin bought and developed a large area of land including the present site of the city. Incorporated in 1903, Arcadia began a period of growth which by the 1930s saw its small farms and chicken ranches give way to homes and numerous civic improvements. The post-World War II era ushered in a population and housing boom, which continued through the 1960s. Arcadia today remains true to its motto of "Community of Homes" by maintaining a healthy mix of quality economic development to complement its primarily residential nature.

Arcadia Points of Interest

The Ruth and Charles Gilb Arcadia Historical Museum is one of Arcadia's premiere cultural sites. Opened in 2001, the museum chronicles the city's development and includes Baldwin family treasures, photographs of bygone landmarks, period furnishings, and civic artifacts. The Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden is a 127- acre historical site which serves as the summertime home of the California Philharmonic's Concerts on the Green. One of Arcadia's crown jewels is Santa Anita Park, a world class thoroughbred racing venue considered to be the best wintertime horse racing facility in the nation. Opened in 1934, Santa Anita is the oldest racetrack in Southern California, and is home to numerous prestigious races including both the Santa Anita Derby and the Santa Anita Handicap.


Total Population 57,564
Male Share of the Population 45.9%
Female Share of the Population 54.1%
Senior Citizens 16.8%
Employed Population 16+ 26,032
Age of the Population 44


% of people married 57.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 51.8%
Median Earnings25+ $45,066
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,413
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,694


Median Family Income $96,118
% Above Poverty Level 90.4%
% Below Poverty Level 9.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 6.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.3%
% Using Public Transportation 2.8%


People Living Alone 19.8%
Median Gross Rent $1,424
Median House Value $870,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 76.4%
US/American 0.7%
English 3.3%
Irish 2.9%

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

Arcadia Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 13 miles NE of Los Angeles, California
County Los Angeles
Standard Zip Codes 91006, 91007
P.O. Box Zip Codes 91066, 91077
Phone Area Codes 626
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.139
Longitude -118.034

Arcadia Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 4.7 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 6.7 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
Station MT WILSON NO 2
Distance 6.7 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
Bradbury 839 $110,625
Duarte 21,769 $72,053
Monrovia 37,164 $81,650
San Marino 13,353 $157,357
Sierra Madre 11,084 $116,000
Temple City 36,079 $74,721

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

Arcadia Public Libraries

Arcadia Public Library
Arcadia, California
(626) 821-5567
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Arcadia Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(626) 445-4441
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 24.8

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Serves 74 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.5

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