Monrovia, California, City and Higher Education Facts

Monrovia, California, is a middle-class suburb in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Bordered by hills to the north and the urban sprawl of greater L.A. to the south, Monrovia is home to one school and is near several other universities, colleges and career schools. Find out more about Monrovia, including its population, economy and school options below.

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Information about Monrovia

Located in Los Angeles County, Monrovia is a small city of about 37,000 residents, according to 2014 U.S. census estimates. Most of the population is Caucasian, roughly 60% as of 2010 census data, but the number of Hispanic residents is growing steadily, with 38.4% of residents reported as Hispanic in that same year.

Monrovia's Old Town is a place to shop or take part in various street fairs, farmer's markets and music events. The Town Square is found in Old Town and features a band shell, library and playground. The city also has seven parks and a wilderness preserve.

Its setting within the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area puts Monrovia close to many of the most visited tourist destinations in the country, from Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills to Disneyland in the suburb of Anaheim. The beaches of Venice and Santa Monica are only an hour's drive to the west, while the mountains that surround L.A.'s vast urban area are popular destinations for hiking, camping and other outdoor activities.

Higher Education

Within 10 miles of Monrovia, 16 public and non-private schools can be found, including Baldwin Park Adult & Community Education, Hacienda La Puente Adult Education and Pasadena City College.

Azusa Pacific University is located in nearby Azusa. It has bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees and enrolls about 10,000 students. California Institute of Technology, in Pasadena, was ranked 10th among national universities in 2016 by U.S. News & World Report. Other nearby schools include Providence Christian College, University of the West and Citrus College.

The wider L.A. metropolitan area hosts some well-known colleges and universities, including the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and Southern California University.

Economy and Employment

Per 2012 census data, manufacturing employed nearly 2,900 people. Professional, scientific, and technical services employed about 2,400 people, while retail trade employed about 1,900 people. Monrovia residents leave the town each day to work in other cities throughout the Los Angeles metropolitan area.

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