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Overview

Introduction to La Puente, California

La Puente, California, in Los Angeles county, is 2 miles NE of Hacienda Heights, California (center to center) and 12 miles N of Anaheim, California. The residential community is situated in San Gabriel Valley and is regarded as a working-class town. The majority of the population is Hispanic. The municipality has easy access to freeways.

La Puente History

In 1769 the European, Gaspar de Portola expedition party along with Father Junipero Serra constructed an important bridge across the San Jose Creek. in 1884 the region was given the name Puente, which translates to "bridge" in Spanish. In 1841 European settlers from New Mexico acquired the vast acreage known as Rancho Puente and established a community. During the 1930's fruits and walnuts were the primary agricultural products grown in the area. The town was home to one of the largest walnut packing plants in the world.

La Puente Attractions

  • La Puente Valley Women's Club is included in the National Register of Historic Sites.
  • The Star Theater is an historic structure.
  • La Puente Park offers a variety of recreation facilities.
  • Arbor Day.
  • Spring Egg Hunt.
  • Movies in the Park.
  • Cinco De Mayo Celebration.
  • Concerts in the Park.

Popular nearby attractions include the well known Tournament of Roses Parade, the Rose Bowl game, the Pasadena Playhouse, Old Town Pasadena, Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm and Raging Waters. Other notable regional destinations include Descano Gardens, Downtown Covina, Frank G. Bonelli Regional County Park, Homestead Museum, Irwindale Speedway, Los Angeles County Arboretum and the Norton Simon Museum.

The Hsi Lai Temple in Hacienda Heights, is the second biggest Buddhist temple and monastery located in the Western Hemisphere. The nearby San Gabriel Mountains provide opportunities for boating, swimming, hiking, mountain biking and other recreational activities. Golfers enjoy the region's quality courses.

La Puente Higher Education

Residents have opportunities to attend college at nearby Alliant International University, Azusa Pacific University, California Institute of Technology, California State University Los Angeles and numerous other colleges.

People

Total Population 40,496
Male Share of the Population 48.4%
Female Share of the Population 51.6%
Senior Citizens 9.8%
Employed Population 16+ 17,539
Age of the Population 33

Families

% of people married 43.5%
Average household size 4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 9.2%
Median Earnings25+ $27,242
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $23,219
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,136

Wealth

Median Family Income $56,856
% Above Poverty Level 85.5%
% Below Poverty Level 14.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 1.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.9%
% Using Public Transportation 3.8%

Housing

People Living Alone 10.3%
Median Gross Rent $1,184
Median House Value $320,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 88.3%
US/American 0%
English 0.6%
Irish 1%

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

La Puente Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles NE of Hacienda Heights, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 12 miles N of Anaheim, California
County Los Angeles
Standard Zip Codes 91744, 91745, 91746, 91748
P.O. Box Zip Codes 91747, 91749
Phone Area Codes 626
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.02
Longitude -117.948

La Puente 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 MONTEBELLO
Distance 8.7 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
Station SAN GABRIEL FIRE DEPT
Distance 10.3 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 ANAHEIM
Distance 12 miles
Jan Temp 45 to 69 F
Apr Temp 51 to 73 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 56 to 80 F
Annual Precip 11.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Bassett (91746)

City Industry (91744, 91745, 91746, 91748)

City of Industry (91744, 91745, 91746, 91748)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Baldwin Park 76,602 $53,009
Covina 48,587 $72,701
El Monte 115,711 $40,404
Hacienda Heights 55,158 $83,364
Walnut 29,970 $106,250
West Covina 107,837 $74,666

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

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La Puente High Schools

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NOGALES HIGH
401 S. NOGALES ST.
626-965-3437
A Title I School.
Serves 2,577 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 27.2

LA PUENTE HIGH
15615 E. NELSON AVE.
626-934-6700
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,751 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.9

BASSETT SENIOR HIGH
755 ARDILLA AVE.
626-931-2800
A Title I School.
Serves 1,428 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.1

VALLEY ALTERNATIVE HIGH (CONT.)
14162 E. LOMITAS AVE.
626-933-3401
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 192 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.9

NUEVA VISTA CONTINUATION HIGH
755 ARDILLA AVE.
626-931-2827
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 152 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.3

PUENTE HILLS HIGH (ALTER.)
14162 E. LOMITAS ST.
626-933-3401
A Non-traditional School
Serves 117 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.6

HACIENDA LA PUENTE COMMUNITY DAY
14162 EAST LOMITAS AVE.
A Non-traditional School
Serves 27 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.5

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