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El Monte, California, City and Education Facts

El Monte, California, is a heavily Hispanic suburb of Los Angeles. It's close to several renowned institutions of higher learning, including Cal Tech and the University of California at Los Angeles. Read about it here.

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Information about El Monte

El Monte, California, is situated in the San Gabriel Valley, 20 miles east of L.A. and 25 miles from Anaheim. The population was 116,631 in 2014, based on U.S. Census Bureau estimates. El Monte is a family town, with a persons per household rate of 3.83, from 2010-2014, compared to a rate of 2.95 for the entire state of California. The name El Monte comes from a Spanish term that translates as 'mountain' or 'hill'. The city has a large Hispanic population, with 69 percent of residents claiming Hispanic ancestry in 2010.

The climate in El Monte is typically Californian. Variations in weather are mild, with temperatures generally ranging between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit year-round. This mild climate makes the area ideal for boating, waterskiing, diving and surfing, while further inland the area is studded with parks and recreation areas, including canyons, creeks and the San Gabriel Mountains.

Higher Education

El Monte hosts just one private, for-profit school, the California Institute of Advanced Management. However, the greater Los Angeles area is home to some of the world's finest institutions of higher learning, including the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), the University of Southern California (USC) and the California Institute of Technology (Cal Tech), all of which were ranked among the nation's top 25 universities by U.S. News & World Report in 2016.

Economy and Employment

The city had a median household income for 2010-2014 that was much lower than the statewide average, at $38,906 compared to $61,489. Per 2012 census data, retail trade employed about 3,200 people. Health care and social assistance employed about 2,800 people, while manufacturing employed nearly 2,600 people.

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