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City of Maywood
—  City  —
Images, from top, left to right: Maywood Skyline, (City Flower) Snapdragon, City Sign, Maywood Villas, Maywood Academy

Location of Maywood in Los Angeles County, California
Coordinates: 33°59′16″N 118°11′12″W / 33.98778°N 118.18667°W / 33.98778; -118.18667Coordinates: 33°59′16″N 118°11′12″W / 33.98778°N 118.18667°W / 33.98778; -118.18667
Country United States
State California
County Los Angeles
Incorporated (city) 1924-09-02[1]
 - Mayor Veronica Guardado[2]
 - Total 1.18 sq mi (3.04 km2)
 - Land 1.18 sq mi (3.04 km2)
 - Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)  0.00%
Elevation 151 ft (46 m)
Population (January 1, 2009)[3]
 - Total 29,984
 Density 25,545.5/sq mi (9,863.158/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP Code 90270[4]
Area code(s) 323[5]
FIPS code 06-46492
GNIS feature ID 1661000

Maywood is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. In terms of area, Maywood is the third-smallest incorporated city in Los Angeles County, as it is slightly larger than Hawaiian Gardens, the smallest, and Cudahy, the second-smallest. The population was about 29,984 on January 1, 2009, according to the California Department of Finance.[3] Various news accounts have said its official population swells to 45,000 when illegal immigrants are counted.[6] About one third of its residents work in the factories at nearby Vernon and Commerce.[7] The city has been at the forefront of illegal immigration debates. The city, 97% of which is Latino, became a sanctuary city causing a backlash from groups like the Minutemen Project.[citation needed]

The city has a relatively young population and due to this the city government has build a community activity sport building, the new Riverfront Park, and new half-sized olympic swimming pool at the Maywood Activity Center. Maywood Academy High School along with Maywood Elementary School have been build to accommodate the young families of the city. Another new high school is slated to open in the near future. The city also provides a free WiFi internet service to benefit the young people and businesses of the city.



Maywood is located at 33°59′16″N 118°11′12″W / 33.98778°N 118.18667°W / 33.98778; -118.18667 (33.987864, -118.186553).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.1 km² (1.2 mi²), all land.

It is 8 miles (13 km) southeast from Downtown Los Angeles Financial District and only 2 miles (3.2 km) miles east of the Los Angeles city limit on Slauson Ave and Alamada St in the Central-Alameda neighborhood.[9]. Maywood is part of the Gateway Cities region of southeastern Los Angeles County area. When people ask where Maywood is at, they say "it is where the 710 and 5 Freeways meet, next to Bell and Commerce". Maywood is bordered by the city of Bell on the south, Vernon on the north and west, Huntington Park on the southwest, and Commerce on the east.



The climate in the city of Maywood is warm during summer when temperatures tend to be in the 70's and cool during winter when temperatures tend to be in the 50's. The warmest month of the year is August with an average maximum temperature of 89.40 degrees Fahrenheit, while the coldest month of the year is December with an average minimum temperature of 47.30 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperature variations between night and day tend to be moderate during summer with a difference that can reach 24 degrees Fahrenheit, and moderate during winter with an average difference of 22 degrees Fahrenheit. The annual average precipitation at Maywood is 15.07 Inches. Rainfall in is fairly evenly distributed throughout the year. The wettest month of the year is February with an average rainfall of 3.75 Inches.[10]

WiFi Internet Access

Maywood Wireless Hot Zone Signs
City of Maywood Wireless Hot Zone street signs along Atlantic Blvd

The City of Maywood offers a free WiFi network service to residents, businesses and visitors. Maywood originally provided free WiFi internet access only along the business corridors of Slauson Avenue and Atlantic Boulevard. It is now city-wide. The coverage is highly dependent upon location and proximity to wireless access points along Atlantic Boulevard and Slauson Avenue. Indoor coverage is serverly limited due to the inherent nature of WiFi coverage. You can maximize your connection with an external high gain outdoor antenna. Netlogix is the provider of the service. There have been economic development benefits in the city by the free internet service. The city is the only one in the Southeast Los Angeles area with free WiFi.[11]


Neighborhood Homes in Maywood California
Dense neighborhoods in Maywood

Various news accounts have said its official population swells to 45,000 when illegal immigrants are counted.[6] As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 28,083 people, 6,469 households, and 5,699 families residing in the city. The population density was 9,188.9/km² (23,887.2/mi²). It is the most densely populated municipality in California, as well as the most densely populated in the U.S. outside the New York City metropolitan area. There were 6,701 housing units at an average density of 2,192.6/km² (5,699.8/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 42.99% White, 0.36% African American, 1.14% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 50.48% from other races, and 4.53% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 96.33% of the population.

There were 6,469 households out of which 62.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.8% were married couples living together, 16.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 11.9% were non-families. 8.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 4.33 and the average family size was 4.47.

In the city the population was spread out with 37.0% under the age of 18, 13.2% from 18 to 24, 32.6% from 25 to 44, 13.0% from 45 to 64, and 4.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 25 years. For every 100 females there were 104.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $43,000, and the median income for a family was $40,522. Males had a median income of $43,646 versus $40,397 for females.

History and Development

Maywood Village Square
Maywood Village Square on the NW corner of Atlantic Blvd and Slauson Ave

On September 2, 1924, Maywood citizens voted to incorporate. By 1924, the population of Maywood had reached 1,000. The city featured homes, stores and a movie theater. Maywood celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 1949 with a rodeo, beard-growing contest and professional wrestling matches in the City park.

Maywood Village Shopping Center SW Corner of Atlantic Blvd and Slauson Ave
Maywood Village Shopping Center SW corner of Atlantic Blvd and Slauson Ave

Maywood is proud of its Parks & Recreation Department which has its own long and interesting history. The Maywood Park, located at 58th St. and Heliotrope Ave., had its beginnings in the 1930s when the present day baseball field was a large meadow. In the early 1950s Maywood Park became the home of the Golden State Baseball Association.

Now, more than 80 years since incorporation, Maywood retains its small atmosphere, though surrounded by a massive metropolis. Maywood still offers an ideal residential community for those who working surrounding communities.

As one looks around Maywood today, sweeping changes can be seen, such as four new shopping centers at the corner of Slauson Avenue and Atlantic Boulevard; a new senior citizens complex; a new 2.8 million dollars Multi-Purpose facility an industrial complex on Maywood Avenue and numerous brand new businesses springing up in the city.[13]

Government and Infrastructure

Maywood City Hall and Police Station.
Maywood City Hall and Police Station

Local Government

Maywood City Hall is located at 4319 E Slauson Avenue. The City Council of Maywood is constituted by Veronica Guardado, Mayor, Ana Rosa Rizo, Vice-Mayor, and council members Felipe Aguirre, and Tomas Martin.[14]

Emergency Services

Maywood-Cudahy Police Cruiser

Fire protection in Maywood is provided by the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Ambulance transport is provided by Care Ambulance Service. The Maywood Police Department provides police services to the city of Maywood. The Maywood Police Department is located at 4317 E Slauson Avenue. The City of Maywood also provides contract police services to the City of Cudahy. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department provides aerial support to the Maywood Police. The Maywood PD has developed a reputation for hiring officers that have been terminated from other agencies for professional misconduct or other legal issues.[15] The Maywood City Council has accepted a court order designed to reform the Maywood PD. The new rules call for stronger oversight of the department by the city manager and improved procedures to hire and train officers. Under the order, the city will be required to install video cameras in the police station and in police cruisers.[16] City officials in Maywood and Bell say they are examining the possibility of combining police departments as a way to reduce expenditures, and they welcome any nearby cities to join a new regional law enforcement agency. The three-month study would determine whether a police department merger could save the cities money by reducing administrative costs, salary and pension expenditures and liability insurance. The study would also examine the potential costs of dismantling the police departments and hiring the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department as an alternative to a regional police agency.[17]

County government

The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services operates the Whittier Health Center in Whittier, serving Maywood.[18]

State and Federal

In the state legislature Maywood is located in the 22nd Senate District, represented by Democrat Gil Cedillo, and in the 46th Assembly District, represented by Democrat Fabian Núñez. Federally, Maywood is located in California's 34th congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of D +23[19] and is represented by Democrat Lucille Roybal-Allard. Supervisor Gloria Molina represents Maywood and different cities in Los Angeles County.[citation needed]

The United States Postal Service Maywood Post Office is located at 4357 Slauson Avenue.[20]


Maywood Express bus

The city can be conveniently reached by Atlantic Boulevard which runs North and South through the city and Slauson Avenue which runs East and West through the city. Maywood is also accessible via the I-710 on Atlantic Boulevard.

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) provides bus services to the city, Metro Local Line 108 and Metro Rapid Line 358 on Slauson Avenue[21]. Metro Local Line 260[22] and Metro Rapid Line 762[23] on Atlantic Boulevard. Metro Shuttle Line 611 runs through the westside and northside of the city.[24] The city of Maywood also operates a local bus service to its residents called Dial-a-Ride. The shuttles will pick you up at your location and run within the city limits for a one way fee of $1.00. The service is free to senior citizens, age 62 and over, and handicapped individuals. In order to use the free service, seniors and the handicapped must come to City Hall to pick up their free pass.[25] Maywood also provides a free city bus serivce called Maywood Express that runs within the City of Maywood with designated bus stations.

Parks and Recreation

Maywood Activity Center at Maywood Park
Access to LA River Bike Path at Riverfront Park
Maywood Riverfront Park
Gate with Park Sign

Maywood has two major parks and one small pocket park. The existing Maywood Park at 4801 E 58th Street and the new Maywood Riverfront Park at 5000 Slauson Avenue are currently the largest parks in the city, both are in the eastside of the city. Maywood Park has a baseball field and the Maywood Activity Center, which was opened in 1999. The Parks and Recreation Department maintains all of the parks in the city and offers many activities for all ages (seniors, adults, kids and youth). The Maywood Activities Center (M.A.C.), is available for general public use and offers a wide variety of classes, specialty rooms, indoor basketball court, gymnasium. a half-sized olympic pool and place for clubs and classes to meet.[26]

The new Riverfront Park is next door to the L.A. River and has handball courts, basketball court, and soccer field. It's also includes an access pathway to the LA River Bike Path that can take you through 40 miles of Los Angeles County, including Griffith Park and Long Beach A small pocket park is located in the westside of the city, Pixley Park at 3626 56th Street. Two small pocket parks were proposed to the city in 2008, Maywood Avenue Park and Pine Avenue Park are to be built in the future in the westside of the city.

The only sports team located in the city is the Maywood Buzz, which features former NBA star Cedric Ceballos. The team plays in the Maywood Activities Center, also known as the M.A.C. They are an ABA (American Basketball Association) team. Several famous baseball players have played at Maywood Park including former MLB player Marvin Benard.

The ABA team, the Beijing Aoshen Olympians played their inaugural season at the M.A.C. during the 2005–2006 season. They reached the playoffs, but lost to the SoCal Legends in the Great Eight Tournament in Rochester. After the season, the Olympians relocated, and now play on the campus of Azusa Pacific University.



Maywood Elementary School.
Maywood Elementary School

Maywood is a part of the Los Angeles Unified School District. The city has also joined South Gate, Huntington Park, Cudahy, Vernon, and Bell in the Southeast Cities School Coalition to improve the education of the children of the Southeast.[27] Several council members from each city are part of this group.

Maywood is served by several public elementary schools, including:

Maywood is served by several public middle schools and secondary schools, including:

Some portions of Maywood are also zoned to Huntington Park High School. Maywood Academy High School, which opened Fall 2006, is an option for students zoned to Bell High School.

Private schools include Maywood Christian School (K–12)[29] and St. Rose of Lima School (K-8).[30]

On November 3, 2009 the voters in Maywood, in an advisory vote, voted against the acquisition and demolition of properties to build a new high school, 1119 No, 435 YES. The construction of the new school would demolish the homes of over 200 families in Maywood. The voters also voted to have more studies and to find an alternative site for the school, 1038 Yes, 442 No.[citation needed]

Public libraries

Maywood César Chávez Library
Future Site of the new Maywood César Chávez Public Library

County of Los Angeles Public Library operates the Maywood César Chávez Library at 4323 East Slauson Avenue.[31] The new Maywood César Chávez Library site at 4801 Slauson Avenue is currently awaiting funding to be completed by the Los Angeles County Library Commission.

Places of Worship

Saint Rose of Lima Catholic Church
Church of Jesus Christ of LDS

Zion Lutheran Church

  • 4421 East 61st Street, Maywood, CA

First Baptist Church

  • 3759 East 57th Street, Maywood, CA

Maywood Church of the Nazarene

  • 4756 Slauson Avenue, Maywood, CA

Maywood United Methodist Church

  • 4535 Randolph Street, Maywood, CA

Saint Rose of Lima Catholic Church

  • 4450 East 60th Street, Maywood, CA

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

  • 4407 Randolph Street, Maywood, CA

Maywood Apostolic Christian Church

  • 5001 East 60th Street, Maywood, CA

Iglesia Betania

  • 3801 East Slauson Ave, Maywood, CA

Bab UL Lim Islamic

  • 5950 Heliotrope Circle, Maywood, CA

Notable Natives and Residents

Dana Plato from Diff'rent Strokes was born on November 7, 1964 in Maywood, CA[32]


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  14. ^ Maywood City Coucil Members
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  18. ^ "Whittier Health Center." Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. Retrieved on March 18, 2010.
  19. ^ "Will Gerrymandered Districts Stem the Wave of Voter Unrest?". Campaign Legal Center Blog. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  20. ^ "Post Office Location - MAYWOOD." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on December 6, 2008.
  21. ^ Metro Line 108/358
  22. ^ Metro Local Line 260
  23. ^ Metro Rapid 762
  24. ^ Metro Shuttle 611
  25. ^ Maywood Dial-a-Ride Serivce
  26. ^ Maywood Parks & Recreation Description [3] Retrieved 2-24-10
  27. ^ Southeast Cities Schools Coalition
  28. ^
  29. ^ "Welcome to Maywood Christian School." Maywood Christian School. Retrieved on December 6, 2008.
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  31. ^ "Maywood César Chávez Library." County of Los Angeles Public Library. Retrieved on December 6, 2008.
  32. ^ Dana Plato Profile on

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