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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population37,090
Male Share of the Population49.1%
Female Share of the Population50.9%
Senior Citizens12.6%
Employed Population 16+19,033
Age of the Population39

Families

% of people married47.1%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher36.9%
Median Earnings25+$40,827
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$23,273
Median Earnings With High School Degree$25,162

Wealth

Median Family Income$80,879
% Above Poverty Level91.2%
% Below Poverty Level8.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time31 minutes
% Working from Home6.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.4%
% Using Public Transportation2.3%

Housing

People Living Alone25.7%
Median Gross Rent$1,318
Median House Value$583,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)65.5%
English6.8%
German6.4%
Irish5.8%
Italian3.4%
French Except Basque1.6%
Norwegian1.5%
Scottish1.4%
Swedish1.4%
Polish1.1%
Russian0.9%
Arab0.9%
Dutch0.7%
African0.7%
Ethiopian0.6%
Danishn0.6%
Swiss0.6%
Egyptian0.5%
West Indian0.4%
Ukrainian0.4%
Palestinian0.3%
US/American0.3%
Greek0.3%
Hungarian0.3%
Welsh0.2%
Trinidad Tobago0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Canadian0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Belizean0.1%
Haitian0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Serbian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
South African0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Czech0.1%
Luxemburger0.1%
Iranian0.1%
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Monrovia Almanac

CategoryValue
County Los Angeles County
Standard Zip Codes91016
P.O. Box Zip Codes91017
Phone Area Codes626
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude34.15
Approximate Longitude-117.99

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)

StationSAN GABRIEL FIRE DEPT
Distance6.7 miles
Jan Temp43 to 70 F
Apr Temp50 to 77 F
Jul Temp62 to 89 F
Oct Temp55 to 83 F
Annual Precip18.5 inches
StationMT WILSON NO 2
Distance7.1 miles
Jan Temp36 to 53 F
Apr Temp41 to 61 F
Jul Temp63 to 82 F
Oct Temp51 to 69 F
Annual Precip40.3 inches
StationANAHEIM
Distance21.2 miles
Jan Temp45 to 69 F
Apr Temp51 to 73 F
Jul Temp62 to 84 F
Oct Temp56 to 80 F
Annual Precip11.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Arcadia57,755$99,266
Bradbury954$147,321
Duarte21,792$73,376
Irwindale1,319$56,154
Sierra Madre11,067$117,404
Temple City36,084$75,245

Monrovia Public Libraries

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

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Monrovia Hospitals

Monrovia Memorial Hospital
(Proprietary)
323 South Heliotrope Avenue

Monrovia Public Schools

Bradoaks Elementary
930 E. Lemon Ave.
ZIP: 91016
Primary
Total Enrollment 528
Canyon Early Learning Center
1000 S. Canyon Blvd.
ZIP: 91016
Canyon Oaks High
930 Royal Oaks Dr.
ZIP: 91016
High
Total Enrollment 115
Clifton Middle
226 S. Ivy Ave.
ZIP: 91016
Middle
Total Enrollment 667
Mayflower Elementary
210 N. Mayflower Ave.
ZIP: 91016
Primary
Total Enrollment 555
Monroe Elementary
402 W. Colorado Blvd.
ZIP: 91016
Primary
Total Enrollment 596
Monrovia High
845 W. Colorado Blvd.
ZIP: 91016
High
Total Enrollment 1785
Mountain Park
950 S. Mountain Ave.
ZIP: 91016
Other
Total Enrollment 71
Plymouth Elementary
1300 Boley St.
ZIP: 91016
Primary
Total Enrollment 419
Quest Academy Community Day
1831 Santa Fe Pl.
ZIP: 91016
High
Total Enrollment 20
Santa Fe Middle
148 W. Duarte Rd.
ZIP: 91016
Middle
Total Enrollment 612
Wild Rose Elementary
232 Jasmine Ave.
ZIP: 91016
Primary
Total Enrollment 511

Monrovia Private Schools

Calvary Road Baptist Academy
319 W Olive Ave
ZIP: 91016
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 23
Hayden Child Care Center
1008 N Sierra Ter
ZIP: 91016
Elementary
Total Enrollment 12
Ica Catholic School
726 S Shamrock Ave
ZIP: 91016
Elementary
Total Enrollment 156
Serendipity Early Care & Educational Center
940 W Duarte Rd
ZIP: 91016
Elementary
Total Enrollment 6
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