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Overview

Introduction to Pico Rivera, California

The California city of Pico Rivera is located in southeastern Los Angeles County, on the eastern edge of the Los Angeles basin and on the southern edge of the San Gabriel Valley. Situated only 12 miles southeast of Los Angeles, Pico Rivera is accessible to Interstates I-605 (San Gabriel Freeway), I-5 (Santa Ana Freeway) and I-60 (Pomona Freeway). The city is also within a 30 minute drive from Los Angeles International, Ontario and John Wayne airports.

Pico Rivera History

Pico Rivera traces its roots to the 1870s when the separate communities of Pico (named for Pío Pico, former governor of California) and Rivera resulted from the completion of rail lines by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe and Union Pacific railroads. During the first four decades of the 20th century, these two country towns grew slowly in a rich agricultural atmosphere. Following the end of World War II, the sudden demand for housing attracted subdividers, who bought and cleared large parcels of land in the 1950s. The onset of new commercial enterprises, subdivisions, and young families filling the area drew the older neighborhoods of Pico and Rivera closer together. Leaders from both communities began to voice strong support for incorporation, and in 1958, the two communities were merged into the new City of Pico Rivera.

Pico Rivera Places of Interest

Pico Rivera has seven major neighborhood parks totaling more than 100 acres, as well as the Pico Rivera Municipal Golf Course, a lighted nine-hole executive course built in 1965. The Pico Rivera Sports Arena, built in 1979, is reputed to be the largest Mexican rodeo ring in the country. Approximately 25 shows are held at the facility every year. The Pico Rivera Centre for the Arts, which opened its doors in 1989, features a 1,000 square-foot space for gallery exhibits and classroom areas for fine art instruction. Its programs allow individuals to investigate all aspects of the arts including production, history, criticism and aesthetics. The Pico Rivera Historical Museum, housed in a circa-1887 train depot, chronicles the city's colorful past through its collection of photographs, documents and artifacts. The Pico Rivera Library, constructed in 1961, is the only circular library in the country. Its unique circular construction provides separate reading areas for children and adults.

Demographics

People

Total Population63,750
Male Share of the Population48.6%
Female Share of the Population51.4%
Senior Citizens14.1%
Employed Population 16+28,542
Age of the Population36

Families

% of people married42.4%
Average household size4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher12.2%
Median Earnings25+$32,227
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$25,634
Median Earnings With High School Degree$31,104

Wealth

Median Family Income$66,644
% Above Poverty Level89.4%
% Below Poverty Level10.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time31 minutes
% Working from Home1.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.9%
% Using Public Transportation3.3%

Housing

People Living Alone18.5%
Median Gross Rent$1,259
Median House Value$380,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)85.8%
German1%
English0.8%
Irish0.8%
Italian0.6%
Russian0.4%
US/American0.4%
French Except Basque0.4%
Swedish0.3%
Polish0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Scottish0.2%
Welsh0.1%
African0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Dutch0.1%
Norwegian0.1%
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Pico Rivera Almanac

CategoryValue
County Los Angeles County
Standard Zip Codes90660, 90601
P.O. Box Zip Codes90661, 90662
Phone Area Codes562
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude33.98
Approximate Longitude-118.08

Pico Rivera Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationMONTEBELLO
Distance2.3 miles
Jan Temp48 to 70 F
Apr Temp53 to 77 F
Jul Temp64 to 89 F
Oct Temp58 to 82 F
Annual Precip14.4 inches
StationSAN GABRIEL FIRE DEPT
Distance8.1 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
StationPASADENA
Distance12 miles
Jan Temp44 to 68 F
Apr Temp50 to 76 F
Jul Temp61 to 89 F
Oct Temp55 to 83 F
Annual Precip21 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bell Gardens42,845$38,009
Commerce12,998$48,789
Downey113,358$71,569
Montebello63,468$56,904
Santa Fe Springs17,669$73,718
Whittier86,852$79,243

Pico Rivera Public Schools

Alice M. Birney Elementary
8501 Orange Ave.
ZIP: 90660
Primary
Total Enrollment 474
Durfee Elementary
4220 S. Durfee Ave.
ZIP: 90660
Primary
Total Enrollment 441
Early Learning Program
9515 Haney St.
ZIP: 90660
El Rancho High
6501 S. Passons Blvd.
ZIP: 90660
High
Total Enrollment 2772
Lawrence T. Magee Elementary
8200 Serapis Ave.
ZIP: 90660
Primary
Total Enrollment 471
Montebello Gardens Elementary
4700 Pine St.
ZIP: 90660
Primary
Total Enrollment 372
North Park Middle
4450 S. Durfee Ave.
ZIP: 90660
Middle
Total Enrollment 762
North Ranchito Elementary
8837 E. Olympic Blvd.
ZIP: 90660
Primary
Total Enrollment 477
Rio Vista Elementary
8809 Coffman-pico Rd.
ZIP: 90660
Primary
Total Enrollment 440
Rivera Elementary
7250 Citronell St.
ZIP: 90660
Primary
Total Enrollment 715
Rivera Middle
7200 Citronell Ave.
ZIP: 90660
Middle
Total Enrollment 779
Ruben Salazar Continuation
9115 Balfour St.
ZIP: 90660
High
Total Enrollment 160
South Ranchito Elementary
5241 S. Passons Blvd.
ZIP: 90660
Primary
Total Enrollment 571
Steam Academy @ Burke
8101 Orange Ave.
ZIP: 90660
Middle
Total Enrollment 560
Valencia Elementary
9241 E. Cosgrove St.
ZIP: 90660
Primary
Total Enrollment 449

Pico Rivera Private Schools

Armenian Mesrobian School
8420 Beverly Rd
ZIP: 90660
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 143
Cumorah Kids
4561 Durfee Ave
ZIP: 90660
Elementary
Total Enrollment 13
St Hilary Elementary School
5401 Citronell Ave
ZIP: 90660
Elementary
Total Enrollment 243
St Marianne School
7911 Buhman Ave
ZIP: 90660
Elementary
Total Enrollment 217
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