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City of Pico Rivera
—  City  —
Location of Pico Rivera in Los Angeles County, California
Coordinates: 33°59′20″N 118°5′21″W / 33.98889°N 118.08917°W / 33.98889; -118.08917Coordinates: 33°59′20″N 118°5′21″W / 33.98889°N 118.08917°W / 33.98889; -118.08917
Country United States
State California
County Los Angeles
Incorporated (city) 1958-01-29[1]
 - Mayor Gregory Salcido[2]
 - Total 8.84 sq mi (22.91 km2)
 - Land 8.30 sq mi (21.49 km2)
 - Water 0.55 sq mi (1.42 km2)  6.20%
Elevation 164 ft (50 m)
Population (2000)[3]
 - Total 63,428
 Density 7,645.7/sq mi (2,952.0/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP Code 90660-90662[4]
Area code(s) 562[5]
FIPS code 06-56924
GNIS feature ID 1652773

Pico Rivera is a city located in southeastern Los Angeles County, California, United States. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 63,428.


History and culture

Pico Rivera (founded in 1784) was incorporated in 1958[6] 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 since the 1950s it has been primarily residentialand industrial. Pico Rivera lies below the Whittier Narrows, making it one of the "Gateway Cities."

The north side of the city is home to the Pico Rivera Sports Arena, where concerts and sports are occasionally held.

A number of parks dot the landscape, including Rivera Park on Shade Lane, Smith Park on Rosemead and Mines, Pico Park on Beverly Blvd, Rio Vista Park, and Stream Land park at the North end of Durfee Road.

Public Library, built 1961


Pico Rivera is located at 33°59′20″N 118°5′21″W / 33.98889°N 118.08917°W / 33.98889; -118.08917 (33.989013, -118.089121).[7] It is bordered by Downey on the southwest, Santa Fe Springs on the southeast, Whittier on the east, City of Industry on the northeast, Montebello on the northwest, and Commerce on the west. As Rosemead and Lakewood Boulevards, State Route 19 runs through the center of the city, and the San Gabriel River Freeway (I-605) runs along its southeastern edge.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 22.9 square kilometres (8.8 sq mi). 21.5 square kilometres (8.3 sq mi) of it is land and 1.4 square kilometres (0.54 sq mi) of it (6.22%) is water.

Pico Rivera was the epicenter of a magnitude 4.4 earthquake on March 16, 2010 which occurred at 4:04 AM Pacific Daylight Time.


As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 63,428 people, 16,468 households, and 13,866 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,950.6/km² (7,645.7/mi²). There were 16,807 housing units at an average density of 781.8/km² (2,026.0/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 49.44% White, 0.71% African American, 1.35% Native American, 2.65% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 40.28% from other races, and 5.44% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 88.29% of the population.

There were 16,468 households out of which 43.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.7% were married couples living together, 17.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 15.8% were non-families. 12.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.83 and the average family size was 4.12.

In the city the population was spread out with 31.0% under the age of 18, 10.5% from 18 to 24, 29.7% from 25 to 44, 17.8% from 45 to 64, and 11.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 96.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $41,564, and the median income for a family was $45,422. Males had a median income of $29,397 versus $24,491 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,011. About 11.6% of families and 12.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.0% of those under age 18 and 9.0% of those age 65 or over.


In the state legislature Pico Rivera is located in the 30th Senate District, represented by Democrat Ronald S. Calderon, and in the 58th Assembly District, represented by Democrat Charles M. Calderon. Federally, Pico Rivera is located in California's 38th congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of D +20[9] and is represented by Democrat Grace Napolitano. The current city council consists of Mayor Gregory Salcido, Mayor Pro Tem Bob Archuleta, Councilmember Gustavo Camacho and Councilmember David Archuleta. The city has a council/city manager form of government. The title of Mayor is a ceremonial position that is changed each year within the council.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) operates the Pico Rivera Station in Pico Rivera.[10]

The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services operates the Whittier Health Center in Whittier, serving Pico Rivera.[11]


Recent development

There has been frequent redevelopment in the city of late, starting with the opening of a mega-shopping complex along Washington Blvd, bringing well-known businesses such as Starbucks, the Borders Group bookstore, Walmart, Walgreens, a newly added Del Taco and other businesses into the city.

Other redevelopment has taken place in recent years along historic Whittier Boulevard, bringing new businesses such as Target and Panda Express there.

New developments include the Krikorian Theatres at the corner of Paramount Boulevard and Whittier Boulevard as well as a new Rite-Aid at the former Lucky's supermarket site on Durfee Avenue and Whittier Boulevard. A state of the art LA Fitness, Fresh and Easy market, Rubio's, Sexy Nails, Wing Stop, Round Table Pizza, Chase, Blizzberry, Juice It Up and other businesses have opened up at the former Kmart site at the corner of Washington and Rosemead Boulevards.

The cities taxes have been raised from 10.25 to 10.75 in mid 2009.


There was a 157-acre (0.64 km2) manufacturing facility located at the corner of Rosemead and Washington boulevards which was owned and operated by the Ford Motor Company. The plant closed in 1980 and was purchased by Northrop Grumman in 1982 for its Advanced Systems Division.[12] Upon the unveiling of the B-2 Spirit bomber in 1988, it was revealed that much of the development for the former black project had in fact occurred at the site. In the early 1990s, the division was renamed the B-2 Division to reflect its most famous product. At its peak, the project employed approximately 13000 workers in Pico Rivera.[13] The site closed and demolished in 2001 and is now a large retail center, anchored by WalMart and Lowes.

Emergency services

Fire protection in Pico Rivera is provided by the Los Angeles County Fire Department with ambulance transport by Care Ambulance Service. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department provides law enforcement.


Most residents attend schools in the El Rancho Unified School District. Only those in the Montebello Gardens area are in the Montebello Unified School District.

Notable residents


  1. ^ "Incorporation Dates of California Cities". Retrieved 2007-01-18. 
  2. ^ "City of Pico Rivera". Retrieved 2007-01-18. 
  3. ^ "Pico Rivera city, California - Fact Sheet - American FactFinder". Retrieved 2007-01-18. 
  4. ^ "USPS - ZIP Code Lookup - Find a ZIP+ 4 Code By City Results". Retrieved 2007-01-18. 
  5. ^ "Number Administration System - NPA and City/Town Search Results". Retrieved 2007-01-18. 
  6. ^ William D. Halsey, ed (1976). "Pico Rivera". Collier's Encyclopedia. 19. New York: Macmillan Educational Corporation. p. 28. 
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  9. ^ "Will Gerrymandered Districts Stem the Wave of Voter Unrest?". Campaign Legal Center Blog. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  10. ^ "Pico Rivera Station." Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Retrieved on January 21, 2010.
  11. ^ "Whittier Health Center." Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. Retrieved on March 18, 2010.
  12. ^ Northrop to Buy Vacant Ford Plant, New York Times
  13. ^ Pico Rivera,

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