The city of South El Monte, CA

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About The City of South El Monte, CA

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About South El Monte, California

South El Monte, California, is a city in Los Angeles County that lies in the San Gabriel Valley, east of the city of Los Angeles. 

The city has a long history, dating back to the 1800s when it was a small Mexican village. It was the place where the Shoshone Native people would gather water. 

Its history as an American state began when settlers, The Thompson Party, arrived looking for gold. 

In recent years, the city has seen significant growth, with several new developments and businesses opening. South El Monte is also home to a number of cultural and historical sites, including the South El Monte Arts Posse, which celebrates the city’s past. The city is known for its close-knit community and its diverse population.

South El Monte, CA FAQ

Is South El Monte its own city?

With a population of 3,900 when it became a city in 1958, South El Monte is currently home to more than 20,000 people, with a daytime population of over 44,000 as workers from different business sectors pour into the city limits every morning.

Is South El Monte a nice area?

Low crime rate and a safe city. wonderful public school the amiable atmosphere in neighborhood parks. easy access to jobs in the area

What county is South El Monte, CA?

South El Monte is located in Los Angeles County.

How big is South El Monte?

South El Monte is 2.85 square miles.

How diverse is South El Monte?

South El Monte was ranked 401 out of 524 suburbs in terms of diversity.

South El Monte Demographics

Age and Household Statistics in South El Monte

Male Population: 10,572

Female Population: 10,219

Pasadena Population: 20,791

Median Age:

Under 5 years old: approx. 7.4%

Under 18 years old: approx. 24.5%

Residents 65 or older: approx. 13.9%

Total Households: 5,103

Average People Per Household: 4

Marital Status Statistics

Never Married: 7,534

Married: 7,193

Separated: 288

Widowed: 852

Divorced: 1,100

Racial Statistics (percentages)

White: 34.0%

Black or African American: 0.6%

American Indian/Native American: 1.1%

Asian: 16.6%

Two or More Races: 10.3%

Hispanic or Latino: 79.8%

Income Statistics in South El Monte

Average Household Income: $68,376

Median Household Income: $54,208

People below Poverty Level: 4,271

Blue Collar Positions: 3,587

White Collar Positions: 5,655

Education Level in South El Monte

No High School: 3,946

Some High School: 6,401

Some College: 2,659

Associate Degree: 583

Bachelor’s Degree: 1,262

Graduate Degree: 320

  • South El Monte is home to the South El Monte Arts Posse (SEMAP) is a community-based arts organization that promotes and supports local artists and the arts in the city.
  • The city encompasses 2.8 square miles, almost all of it land. 
  • South El Monte has restaurants, coffee shops, and parks.
  • South El Monte High School is home to the San Gabriel campus of the part-time Japanese school Asahi Gakuen.
  • There are over 2400 businesses in the city.

Mild, year-round Mediterranean climate:

  • 80 F | 24 C average daytime
  • 54 F | 12 C average nighttime

The summers are typically short; they feel warm and are particularly arid. 

South Ep Monte has an average of 265 days of sunshine a year. 

The warmest season is from the end of June until mid-September, with temperatures between the 80s and 90s. 

The coolest season is from mid-November until mid-March. The average temperature in the cool time is between the 50s and mid-60s. The winters are also very mild. 

South El Monte hardly ever has rain averaging only .3 inches per year and virtually 0 snow. Most of its precipitation comes in the winter. 

South El Monte, CA Points of Interest

Whittier Narrows Nature Center

Located at 1000 Durfee Ave, South El Monte, CA 91733, this 400-acre woodland sanctuary has four lakes, and visitors can do activities like: hikes, walks, seasonal special events, and nature day camps.

Whittier Narrows Recreation Area

Located at 750 S Santa Anita Ave, South El Monte, CA 91733, this 1,492-acre park is one of Los Angeles County’s largest and most popular recreation areas. 

The American Military Museum

Located at 1918 Rosemead Blvd, South El Monte, CA 91733, the American Military Museum is also known as Tankland. It is open Friday through Sunday, 10 am to 4:30 pm, and has over 150 vehicles from World War I to Desert Storm.

LA Clays Shooting Sports Park

Located at 831 Rosemead Blvd, South El Monte, CA 91733, visitors can visit this full-service shooting range Tuesday through Friday, 10 am to 4 pm and 9 am to 5 pm on the weekends.