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Overview

Introduction to Paramount, California

Paramount is a city in California's Los Angeles County, located about 17 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles. Surrounded by four major freeways (Interstates I-105, I-605, I-710 and California State Highway 91), the city is within easy driving distance from Los Angeles International Airport and the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Nearby communities include Lynwood (to the north), Compton (to the west), Lakewood (to the south) and Bellflower (to the east).

Presumably named after the Paramount Pictures movie studio, Paramount began as an area formed by two small dairy communities named Clearwater and Hynes. During the 1930s, Hynes became the world leader in the marketing of hay and the place where a daily price for the world market would be established and announced. In 1940, Frank Zamboni opened an ice skating rink which would later become a world class training ground for professional skaters. The owner's name also became world famous when he invented the Zamboni Ice-Resurfacing machine, a device used in ice rinks around the world. The machines are today still manufactured exclusively in Paramount. In 1948, Hynes and Clearwater merged to form the town of Paramount, which became incorporated as a city in 1957.

Paramount Places of Interest

Interesting works of art can be found at major intersections, in parks, in front of businesses, and throughout town as part of Paramount's "Outdoor Art Museum." Recreational sites abound in the city, which contains nine parks, two public swimming pools, and a number of other recreational venues. A noted city landmark is Paramount Iceland, a full-service indoor ice skating facility offering recreational skating as well as hockey and figure skating programs. Iceland has served since 1940 as a premiere practice facility for many well-known skaters including Sonja Henie, Richard Dwyer and Peggy Fleming. The facility also has what may be the only pipe organ currently playing regularly in any ice skating arena in the nation. The Wurlitzer organ, first installed in 1941, is believed to date back to the 1920s. Paramount is also very close to some of Southern California's top tourist and recreational attractions, owing to its prime location adjacent to Los Angeles and Orange County.

Demographics

People

Total Population54,941
Male Share of the Population49.8%
Female Share of the Population50.2%
Senior Citizens7.6%
Employed Population 16+23,066
Age of the Population31

Families

% of people married41.5%
Average household size4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher9.1%
Median Earnings25+$27,099
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$20,442
Median Earnings With High School Degree$28,833

Wealth

Median Family Income$49,543
% Above Poverty Level77.9%
% Below Poverty Level22.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time28 minutes
% Working from Home3.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.6%
% Using Public Transportation4.3%

Housing

People Living Alone15.4%
Median Gross Rent$1,204
Median House Value$283,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)80.8%
African0.7%
English0.7%
Irish0.6%
Italian0.4%
German0.4%
Nigerian0.4%
West Indian0.3%
Arab0.3%
Scottish0.2%
Belizean0.2%
French Except Basque0.2%
Egyptian0.2%
Dutch0.2%
Swedish0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Norwegian0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Polish0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Kenyan0.1%
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Paramount Almanac

CategoryValue
County Los Angeles County
Standard Zip Codes90723
Phone Area Codes
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude33.89
Approximate Longitude-118.16

Paramount Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationLONG BEACH AP
Distance5.1 miles
Jan Temp46 to 68 F
Apr Temp53 to 73 F
Jul Temp65 to 83 F
Oct Temp58 to 79 F
Annual Precip12.9 inches
StationLOS ANGELES DOWNTOWN USC
Distance12.8 miles
Jan Temp49 to 68 F
Apr Temp54 to 73 F
Jul Temp65 to 84 F
Oct Temp60 to 79 F
Annual Precip15.1 inches
StationSAN GABRIEL FIRE DEPT
Distance15 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bellflower77,687$55,814
Compton97,740$47,589
Downey113,223$69,247
Lakewood81,054$91,152
Lynwood71,233$44,023
Norwalk106,360$64,504

Paramount Hospitals

Promise Hospital Of East Los Angeles-suburban Campus
(Proprietary)
16453 South Colorado Avenue

Paramount Public Schools

Abraham Lincoln
15324 California Ave.
ZIP: 90723
Primary
Total Enrollment 626
Alondra Middle
16200 Downey Ave.
ZIP: 90723
Middle
Total Enrollment 943
Frank J. Zamboni
15733 S. Orange Ave.
ZIP: 90723
Middle
Total Enrollment 949
Harry Wirtz Elementary
8535 Contreras St.
ZIP: 90723
Primary
Total Enrollment 657
Howard Tanner
7210 Rosecrans Ave.
ZIP: 90723
Primary
Total Enrollment 596
Jefferson Elementary
8600 Jefferson St.
ZIP: 90723
Primary
Total Enrollment 466
Leona Jackson
7220 Jackson St.
ZIP: 90723
Middle
Total Enrollment 778
Los Cerritos
14626 Gundry Ave.
ZIP: 90723
Primary
Total Enrollment 615
Major Lynn Mokler
8571 E. Flower St.
ZIP: 90723
Primary
Total Enrollment 719
Mark Keppel
6630 E. Mark Keppel St.
ZIP: 90723
Primary
Total Enrollment 558
Paramount High
14429 S. Downey Ave.
ZIP: 90723
High
Total Enrollment 4814
Paramount Park Middle
14608 Paramount Blvd.
ZIP: 90723
Middle
Total Enrollment 800
Paramount Unified Community Day
14507 Paramount Blvd.
ZIP: 90723
High
Total Enrollment 24
Theodore Roosevelt
13451 Merkel Ave.
ZIP: 90723
Primary
Total Enrollment 772
Wesley Gaines
7340 E. Jackson St.
ZIP: 90723
Primary
Total Enrollment 440

Paramount Private Schools

Our Lady Of The Rosary School
14813 Paramount Blvd
ZIP: 90723
Elementary
Total Enrollment 193
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