Pico Rivera, California

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Pico Rivera is a city located in southeastern Los Angeles County, California, United States. The city is situated approximately 11 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles, on the eastern edge of the Los Angeles basin, and on the southern edge of the area known as the San Gabriel Valley. The ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles as well as the Los Angeles International Airport are in close proximity.[6] The city has a population of more than 65,200. Facilitated by annexations, it has grown to approximately nine square miles.[7]


History and culture

Pico Rivera was founded in 1784, from the merger of the long-standing unincorporated communities of Pico (named for Pío Pico, the last Mexican governor of California) and Rivera. Situated on a rich alluvial plain between the Rio Hondo and the San Gabriel River, the area was once predominantly agricultural, but following the end of WWII, the sudden demand for housing attracted subdividers to the pleasant locale.[7] Since the 1950s it has been residential as well as industrial. Pico Rivera lies below the Whittier Narrows, making it one of the "Gateway Cities".[8]

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