The city of La Puente, California, CA

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About The City of La Puente, California, CA

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About La Puente, California

The city of La Puente’s name comes from the Spanish word for bridges and stems from the fact that the settlers camped on the east side of the San Gabriel river and used bridges to cross. 

The area La Puente, like many other cities in the San Gabriel area, became part of the mission and was called Rancho La Puente. 

The Rancho went to the private property of John Rowland and William Workman in 1842. By 1930 the area bavâmes very well known for its Walnut farming. The city development went into housing after WW2. 

La Puente also houses the unincorporated area of Bassett. 

La Puente now is working on modern-day development and taking strives to be successful.

La Puente, CA FAQ

Is La Puente a good place to live?

La Puente is a lovely community. There are many lovely sites to explore, numerous lovely schools, and a generally pleasant community.

What is La Puente known for?

California’s populated La Puente is well-known for its fruit and walnut groves. There are lots of enjoyable activities for the whole family in this city, even though it may not be on everyone’s bucket list.

Is La Puente a suburb of Los Angeles?

La Puente, which translates to “The Bridge” in Spanish, is a city in the U.S. state of California’s Los Angeles County. La Puente is a suburb of Los Angeles and is in LA County.

What is the crime rate in La Puente, CA?

At 15 crimes per 1,000 persons, La Puente’s crime rate is not among the highest in the country, but it is significantly higher than the average for all American municipalities, from the largest to the smallest.

What celebrities went to La Puente High School?

Celebrity alumni from La Puente High School include Anthony Calvillo, George Farmer, Efren Herrera, Max Montoya, Judy Mosley-McAfee, and Hilda Solis.

La Puente, CA Demographics

Age and Household Statistics in La Puente

Male Population: 20,197

Female Population: 19,583

La Puente Population: 39,780

Median Age: 35

Under 5 years old: approx. 5.3%

Under 18 years old: approx. 22.7%

Residents 65 or older: approx. 12.2%

Total Households: 9,706

Average People Per Household: 4

Marital Status Statistics

Never Married: 13,435

Married: 15,064

Separated: 914

Widowed: 1,646

Divorced: 2,348

Racial Statistics (percentages) in La Puente

White: 32.2%

Black or African American: 1.5%

American Indian/Native American: 2.9%

Asian: 13.5%

Two or More Races: 8.1%

Hispanic or Latino: 80.3%

Income Statistics in La Puente

Average Household Income: $79,250

Median Household Income: $66,132

People below Poverty Level: 5,100

Blue Collar Positions: 6,260

White Collar Positions: 12,357

Education Level in La Puente

No High School: 5,654

Some High School: 13,529

Some College: 6,246

Associate Degree: 1,535

Bachelor’s Degree: 2,622

Graduate Degree: 633

  • In the 1930s, La Puente was known for its fruit and walnut groves.
  • The original inhabitants were the Tongva people who lived in a village called Awingna.
  • La Puente is Spanish for “The Bridge.”
  • At one point, the city was home to the largest walnut packing plant.
  • There have been a number of films and TV shows that were filmed in La Puente:
    • Bird Box (2018)
    • Moving Violations (1985)
    • Calendar Girl (1993)
    • Bad Neighbor (2015)
    • Halloween H20 (1998)

Climate of La Puente 

Most of the cities in the SGV share a similar weather pattern and climate. 

The particular city of La Puente averages between 45F and 89F, and anything outside of that range is abnormal. 

Overall the weather in the area is Mediterranean in nature. 

During the summer, the average is in the 80s F and is fairly warm and dry.

During the winter months, the average is in the high 60s F to low 70s F. The overall feel is cool, somewhat humid, and has an arid feel. 

La Puente, California, CA Points of Interest

El Palacio Restaurant & Night Club

Located at 15335 Amar Rd, La Puente, CA 91744, residents and tourists can enjoy Mexican Cuisine as well as music, dancing, and drinks. 

Donut Hole

Located at 15300 Amar Rd, La Puente, CA 91744. Shaped like two giant donuts, customers can drive through and place their orders. 

Spring Egg Hunt In La Puente.

La Puente holds an annual Spring Egg Hunt in La Puente Park. The event has music, inflatable attractions, a petting zoo, pictures with the Easter Bunny, and much more!

Movies in the Park

During the summer, the city has movies in La Puente park for families to enjoy.