Introduction to South El Monte, California

South El Monte, California, in Los Angeles county, is 1 miles SW of El Monte, California and 11 miles E of Los Angeles, California. The city is located in the Los Angeles - Long Beach metropolitan area. 

South El Monte History

The Shoshone Indians once used South El Monte as their campsite and watering hole. During the California Gold Rush, the area was first settled by the Thompson Party. In fact, the El Monte Township was founded by the Thompson family during the late 1860s. In the early 20th century, the city of South El Monte began to develop faster and was incorporated in 1958.

South El Monte and Nearby Attractions

  • American Military Museum.
  • Dean Shively Park.
  • New Temple Park.
  • El Monte Museum of History.

Things To Do In South El Monte

South El Monte offers a number of recreational activities such as a golf course, indoor boxing ring, basketball courts, swimming pools, summer concerts and tennis courts. The Recreation Center of the city of South El Monte also organizes youth basketball and t-ball leagues.

South El Monte Transportation

Air transportation is available from Orange County International Airport.

South El Monte Higher Education

The nearest college is Rio Hondo College.



Total Population20,727
Male Share of the Population51.7%
Female Share of the Population48.3%
Senior Citizens11.9%
Employed Population 16+8,710
Age of the Population34


% of people married41.2%
Average household size4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher12.8%
Median Earnings25+$24,888
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$21,164
Median Earnings With High School Degree$25,463


Median Family Income$51,250
% Above Poverty Level82.5%
% Below Poverty Level17.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time29 minutes
% Working from Home4.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.6%
% Using Public Transportation3.1%


People Living Alone14.4%
Median Gross Rent$1,256
Median House Value$428,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)88%
French Except Basque0.3%
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South El Monte Almanac

CountyLos Angeles County
Standard Zip Codes91733
Phone Area Codes3,23,626
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude34.04
Approximate Longitude-118.04

South El Monte Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance3.9 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
Distance4.5 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
Distance9 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
El Monte115,669$50,014
Monterey Park60,792$62,600
San Gabriel40,242$60,929
Temple City36,137$81,981

South El Monte Hospitals

Greater El Monte Community Hospital
(Government - District/authority)
1701 Santa Anita Avenue

South El Monte Public Schools

Dean L. Shively
1431 N. Central Ave.
ZIP: 91733
Total Enrollment 549
New Temple
11033 E. Central Ave.
ZIP: 91733
Total Enrollment 672
South El Monte High
1001 Durfee Ave.
ZIP: 91733
Total Enrollment 1425

South El Monte Private Schools

Epiphany Catholic School
10915 Michael Hunt Dr
ZIP: 91733
Total Enrollment 138
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