La Puente, California

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La Puente is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. The population was 41,526 at the 2006 census.

  • City flower: The Golden Hibiscus
  • City colors: Green and White.


In 1769, the Gaspar de Portolà expedition (the first European exploration party in the Los Angeles area), along with Father Junípero Serra, built a bridge over the San Jose Creek. In 1884, the area was named Puente (bridge in Spanish; in old Spanish the noun was often feminine[6], as opposed to modern Spanish el puente). The community began in 1841 when John Rowland and William Workman were granted the 48,000-acre (190 km2) Rancho La Puente.

The area was known for its fruit and walnut groves during the 1930s. The city was even home to the world's largest walnut packing plant. Today, the city is heavily-urbanized, but the area still has some historical landmarks from its founding days nearby, for instance, the Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum in neighboring City of Industry.

Redevelopment of the business districts in La Puente have been ongoing. However, the local government has been relatively unsuccessful in its attempts to attract big-box retailers and restaurant chains. La Puente retains many aging 1950s-era strip malls.


La Puente is located at 34°1′57″N 117°57′19″W / 34.0325°N 117.95528°W / 34.0325; -117.95528 (34.032410, -117.955195).[7] It is located approximately 15 miles east of Downtown Los Angeles in the San Gabriel Valley.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.0 km² (3.5 mi²), all land.


As of the census[8] of 2006, there were 41,526 people, 19,461 households, and 8,183 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,542.8/km² (11,757.3/mi²). There were 9,660 housing units at an average density of 1,068.7/km² (2,765.9/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 1.11% White, 1.96% African American, 1.28% Native American, 7.16% Asian, 0.17% Pacific Islander, 5% from other races, and 5.19% from two or more races, Hispanic or Latino were 93.10% of the population.

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