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Gateway Cities Census Data

Montebello

 

 

Description: Montebello’s history is interwoven with California’s, as the last battle with Mexico for possession of California occurred in the battle of the Rio San Gabriel in January 1847. The city remained an agricultural community until 1917 — the year oil was discovered on Anita Baldwin’s property by Standard Oil Co. Within three years, Montebello oil fields were producing an eighth of the state’s crude oil.

The city was incorporated in 1920. Today, Montebello’s economic vitality comes from its balance of industrial, commercial and residential components. Montebello remains a thriving economic city largely due to the trucking and specialty vehicle industry, industry, as wheels, engines, underbodies, refrigerated trucks, campers and truck trailers all are manufactured in Montebello. In addition to a mixture of residential neighborhoods and smaller retail enterprises, Montebello’s regional mall, the Town Center with more than 170 specialty shops, boutiques and national chains, provides exceptional shopping and entertainment.

The city also offers a Costco and the Town Square, which is home to Toys R Us, Sears, numerous retail shops and a multiscreen AMC entertainment center.

(city description courtesy of Press Telegram 2006 Almanac)

  1990 2000 2010
Population 59,564 62,150 62,500
Percent of Los Angeles County Population 0.67% 0.65% 0.64%
Median Age   31.4 34.7
Number of Households 18,618 18,844 19,012
Unemployment Rate 6.74% 8.69% 14.10%
 
1989
1999
2009
Average Household Income (in 2010 dollars)   $64,533 $63,635
Median Household Income (in 2010 dollars) $55,290 $50,790 $50,881

 

 

Montebello Educational Attainment Graph

 

Montebello Annual Household Income Graph

 

Montebello Population by Race & Ethnicity 1990

 

Montebello Population by Race & Ethnicity 2000

 

Montebello Population by Race & Ethnicity 2010