Hawaiian Gardens, California

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Hawaiian Gardens is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. It is the smallest city in the county (approximately 1.0 mi²) and was incorporated on April 9, 1964. The population was 14,779 at the 2000 census. The town's unusual name originated in a 1920s-era refreshment stand that was decorated with palm fronds and bamboo. It was the then-rural area's main landmark for many years, and its name stuck as the small town grew up around it. As one of seven Los Angeles County cities that allow casino gambling, more than $9.2 million (65%) of the city's revenue comes from Hawaiian Gardens Casino, a card club.[1]



Hawaiian Gardens is located at 33°49′43″N 118°4′25″W / 33.82861°N 118.07361°W / 33.82861; -118.07361 (33.828565, -118.073646).[2] It is bounded by the Los Angeles County cities of Long Beach and Lakewood, and by the Orange County city of Cypress.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.5 km² (1.0 mi²). 2.5 km² (1.0 mi²) of it is land and 0.1 km² (0.04 mi²) of it (2.04%) is water. Hawaiian Gardens is the smallest city in area in Los Angeles County.

Origin of name

The name Hawaiian Gardens is said to be derived of a bamboo shack refreshment stand opened at the corner of Carson and Norwalk boulevards in 1927. The stand was said to resemble a Hawaiian garden. The stand attracted a lot of business. The city grew with the increased productivity and tourism. The Hawaiian Gardens logo is a palm tree.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 14,779 people, 3,507 households, and 2,868 families residing in the city. The population density was 5,944.0/km² (15,389.5/mi²). There were 3,624 housing units at an average density of 1,457.5/km² (3,773.7/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 38.24% White, 4.45% Black or African American, 1.28% Native American, 8.80% Asian, 0.74% Pacific Islander, 41.65% from other races, and 4.85% from two or more races. 62.8% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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