The City of La Puente

City Facts

ABOUT US

Welcome to the City of La Puente! Located 20 miles east of downtown Los Angeles in the San Gabriel Valley, the community of La Puente is predominantly residential and home to over 40,000 residents. Freeway access to the City is readily available from the 10 Interstate and 60 Freeway. 

HISTORY

The City’s name “La Puente” means the bridge in old Spanish and refers to an early bridge built across the San Jose Creek by members of the Portola-Serra expedition in 1769, as they surveyed the region for Spain. A modernized version of the bridge can be seen in the City’s colorful seal.

The community of La Puente began in 1841 when European settlers arrived by wagon train from New Mexico and obtained title to the large 48,000 acre Rancho La Puente. During the 1930’s, the area was famous for its fruit and walnut groves. The largest walnut packing plant in the world was located in the City.

PRESENT DAY

Today, the City of La Puente is approximately 3.48 square miles and is home to approximately 40,000 people. It is primarily a residential community (70%) with multiple types of businesses located primarily along major highways and streets. Industrial land use is less than five percent (5%) of the City’s 3.5 square mile land area. The City’s rural community is preserved by a well-defined general plan.

The City of La Puente is a general municipal city incorporated on August 1, 1956. It is governed by the city council/city manager form of government. A five-member city council is elected by the residents, and a mayor is elected annually by the council to serve a twelve-month term. A city manager is appointed by the council to oversee the daily activities of the city.

Under the direction of the City Manager, the Administrative Services Department is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day administrative and financial activities of the City. Specifically, the finance, human resources, risk management, public information, and public safety functions all fall under the Administrative Services Department. Also under the direction of the City Manager, the Development Services Department encompasses building and planning as well as public works and engineering; the Recreation Department oversees parks and recreation.

The City operates various facilities to serve the community.  These include a City Hall, Community Center, Senior Center, Youth Learning Activity Center, La Puente Park, and Puente Creek Nature Education Center Park. There are seventeen schools, two libraries, and a health center serving the City’s residents.

Demographics

  • Population: 40,435
  • Number of Housing Units: 9,761
  • Average Household Size: 4.22

Ethnicity

  • African American: 1.4%
  • Asian: 8.4%
  • Caucasian/Non-Hispanic: 4.6%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 85.1%
  • Other: 0.5%

Homes and Income

  • Median Home Value: $298,200
  • Median Household Income: $52,886

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