Introduction to San Marino, California

San Marino, California, in Los Angeles county, is 2 miles NE of Alhambra, California (center to center) and 9 miles NE of Los Angeles, California. The city is conveniently located inside the Los Angeles-Long Beach metropolitan area. 

San Marino History

The area that is presently known as San Marino, was originally inhabited by the Gabrielino Indians. It went on to become a part of the San Gabriel Mission. Major portions of the area were included in a land grant that was given to an Indian lady, Victoria Reid. The present name of San Marino was based upon the Republic of San Marino in Italy and was given by J. De Barth Shorb.

San Marino and Nearby Attractions

  • The Huntington Library.
  • San Marino City Hall.
  • El Molino Viejo.
  • Botanical Gardens.
  • Lacy Park.
  • Archives of American Art.

Things To Do In San Marino

San Marino is a wealthy city. Apart from the regular attraction like parks and playgrounds, the most popular tourist attraction is The Huntington Library which with its Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, is a world class cultural and educational center, which has been built on 150 acres of exquisite gardens. Its has rare books and manuscripts and one of the best collections of art from the 18th century.

San Marino Transportation

The local airport is Burbank/ Glendale/ Pasadena Airport.

San Marino Higher Education

The area is served by the Pasadena City College.


Total Population13,353
Male Share of the Population49.1%
Female Share of the Population50.9%
Senior Citizens18.4%
Employed Population 16+5,206
Age of the Population46


% of people married65.4%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher71.1%
Median Earnings25+$0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$0


Median Family Income$157,357
% Above Poverty Level94.5%
% Below Poverty Level5.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time28 minutes
% Working from Home10.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.9%
% Using Public Transportation1.4%


People Living Alone13.8%
Median Gross Rent$3,398
Median House Value$1,412,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)67.1%

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

San Marino Almanac

Nearest Medium City 2 miles NE of Alhambra, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City9 miles NE of Los Angeles, California
CountyLos Angeles
Standard Zip Codes91108
P.O. Box Zip Codes91118
Phone Area Codes626
Time ZonePacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.

San Marino Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance1.5 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
Distance3.2 miles
Jan Temp44 to 68 F
Apr Temp50 to 76 F
Jul Temp61 to 89 F
Oct Temp55 to 83 F
Annual Precip21 inches
Distance8.1 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
San Gabriel40,198$55,466
Sierra Madre11,084$116,000
South Pasadena25,999$106,446
Temple City36,079$74,721

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

San Marino Public Libraries

San Marino Public Library
San Marino, California
(626) 300-0777
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Student/teacher ratio: 24.3

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