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Overview

Introduction to Monrovia, California

Monrovia, California, in Los Angeles county, is 2 miles E of Arcadia, California (center to center) and 15 miles NE of Los Angeles, California. It's situated in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains in the San Gabriel Valley. The city has an ethnically diverse population. Residents have easy access to the Southern California Freeway system. The East Huntington Drive technology corridor is one of the area's prominent high-tech, bio-tech and nanotech research and development centers. Sun Microsystems, Xerox Special Information Systems, Genzyme, Silverlake Research, ITT Deep Space Division, Aeronvironment and Dynametric are some of the prominent companies located in the city.

Monrovia History

The Shoshonean Indians were the initial inhabitants. In 1769 Don Gaspar Portola and his party were the first Europeans to arrive. Juan Crespi, a Franciscan Father went along with the expedition. The region was filled with orange groves but over time became a residential community.

In 1841 Andres Duarte was given the Rancho Azusa de Duarte from the California Governor, Juan Alvarado. Hugo Reid received the Rancho Santa Anita from the governor. Modern day Monrovia was created from these two ranchos. The arrival of the Santa Fe and the Southern Pacific railroad significantly increased the population. The city was founded in 1887.

Monrovia Attractions

  • Upton Sinclair House was the residence of the well known author and is designated as a National Historic Landmark.
  • Historic Old Town features numerous charming, historic landmarks and a variety of shops.
  • Monrovia Days Parade.
  • Monrovia Historical Museum.
  • Concerts in the Park.
  • Monrovia Arts Festival is a popular event.
  • Summer Extravaganza.

Monrovia Activities

Monrovia's Canyon Park includes a nature center and scenic hiking trails and is a popular location for outdoor enthusiasts. From March through December, every Friday night a party takes place on Myrtle Avenue in Old Town which attracts a large crowd. It's a family festival and offers crafts, rides for children, live entertainment and a farmers market. The well known Santa Anita Race Track, Disneyland and Irwindale Speedway are nearby. The Los Angeles Arboretum & Botanic Garden Arboretum Trail located in nearby Arcadia is a great place to visit for nature enthusiasts. The scenic San Gabriel Mountains offer a variety of recreational opportunities.

Monrovia Higher Education

Cal Tech, Mt. Sierra College and the Claremont Colleges are nearby.

People

Total Population 37,164
Male Share of the Population 50%
Female Share of the Population 50%
Senior Citizens 11.5%
Employed Population 16+ 18,908
Age of the Population 38

Families

% of people married 47.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 36.6%
Median Earnings25+ $40,782
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,339
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,617

Wealth

Median Family Income $81,650
% Above Poverty Level 89.9%
% Below Poverty Level 10.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 5.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.5%
% Using Public Transportation 2.1%

Housing

People Living Alone 25%
Median Gross Rent $1,301
Median House Value $562,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 69.9%
US/American 0.4%
English 5.9%
Irish 5.6%

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

Monrovia Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles E of Arcadia, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 15 miles NE of Los Angeles, California
County Los Angeles
Standard Zip Codes 91016
P.O. Box Zip Codes 91017
Phone Area Codes 626
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.148
Longitude -117.998

Monrovia 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 SAN GABRIEL FIRE DEPT
Distance 6.7 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
Station MT WILSON NO 2
Distance 7.1 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
Station ANAHEIM
Distance 21.2 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Arcadia 57,564 $96,118
Bradbury 839 $110,625
Duarte 21,769 $72,053
Irwindale 1,426 $51,944
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/.

Monrovia Public Libraries

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Monrovia Public Library
321 S. MYRTLE AVE.
Monrovia, California
(626) 256-8274
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Monrovia High Schools

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MONROVIA HIGH
845 W. COLORADO BLVD.
626-471-2800
Serves 1,679 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24

CANYON OAKS HIGH
930 ROYAL OAKS DR.
626-471-3000
A Non-traditional School
Serves 130 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.4

MOUNTAIN PARK
950 SOUTH MOUNTAIN AVE
626-471-3029
Serves 109 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 27.3

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