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Overview

Brief History of Azusa, California

The Shoshonean Indian roamed a valley near Brea Canyon in California before white homesteaders settled in the area. They were locally known as the Asuksa-gna. Later, their name would be adopted for the city of Azusa, California. Initially, Azusa was a rancher community as Englishman Henry Dalton developed vineyards and various processing industries. He experienced great success and fortune until 1854, when gold was discovered in San Gabriel Canyon.

The resulting "gold fever" spelled an end for the Dalton Ranch. Not many cities may boast being the creation of one man, but surely Azusa's beginnings as a city are mainly due to the efforts of Dalton. Azusa was made official in 1887. Homesteaders flocked to the town in the late 1800s, bringing about an era of steady growth and forethought in energy projects. From the turn of the century to World War II, dams and power plants were erected throughout the area. The work of Native Americans can still be found in the valleys surrounding the city.

Azusa Culture and Entertainment

Historical museums in Azusa detail the population of California and its rich Spanish and Native American ties. Azusa is 20 miles outside of Los Angeles. Theatre and attractions may be experienced there. Las Vegas is to the east.

Azusa Sports and Leisure

Azusa is in close proximity to both urban and rural areas. The canyons and valleys to the north are used for hiking, camping and other outdoor recreations. In the cities, virtually all the major sports leagues are represented. Los Angeles is west and home to NBA, NHL, and MLB teams with the Lakers, Clippers, Kings, and Dodgers. Anaheim is south where the Ducks of the NHL and the Angels of the MLB.

Education in Azusa

Azusa Pacific University was named one of the best colleges for 2008 by the US News & World Report. Besides a nationally recognized university, Azusa also has several Christian Grade Schools and High Schools. Azusa also has a private Buddhist institution called Dhammakaya Open University.

People

Total Population 48,033
Male Share of the Population 48.4%
Female Share of the Population 51.6%
Senior Citizens 8.6%
Employed Population 16+ 21,506
Age of the Population 29

Families

% of people married 37.7%
Average household size 4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 19.6%
Median Earnings25+ $30,524
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,023
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,039

Wealth

Median Family Income $58,289
% Above Poverty Level 82.4%
% Below Poverty Level 17.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 8.5%
% Using Public Transportation 5.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 17%
Median Gross Rent $1,218
Median House Value $325,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 79.2%
US/American 0.1%
English 2.6%
Irish 3%

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

Azusa Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 4 miles NE of Baldwin Park, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 20 miles E of Los Angeles, California
County Los Angeles
Standard Zip Codes 91702
Phone Area Codes 626
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.133
Longitude -117.906

Azusa 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 POMONA FAIRPLEX
Distance 8.7 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 68 F
Apr Temp 47 to 74 F
Jul Temp 59 to 89 F
Oct Temp 53 to 80 F
Annual Precip 16.9 inches
Station SAN GABRIEL FIRE DEPT
Distance 11.3 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
Station MT WILSON NO 2
Distance 11.5 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Baldwin Park 76,602 $53,009
Bradbury 839 $110,625
Covina 48,587 $72,701
Duarte 21,769 $72,053
Glendora 51,137 $84,435
Irwindale 1,426 $51,944

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

Azusa Public Libraries

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Azusa City Library
729 N. DALTON AVE.
Azusa, California
(626) 812-5232

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Azusa High Schools

AZUSA HIGH
240 N. CERRITOS AVE.
626-815-5212
Serves 1,458 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.6

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