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City of Sierra Madre
—  City  —
Location of Sierra Madre in Los Angeles County, California
Coordinates: 34°9′53″N 118°3′3″W / 34.16472°N 118.05083°W / 34.16472; -118.05083Coordinates: 34°9′53″N 118°3′3″W / 34.16472°N 118.05083°W / 34.16472; -118.05083
Country  United States
State Flag of California.svg California
County Los Angeles
Incorporated (city) 1907-02-02[1]
 - Mayor MaryAnn MacGillivray[2]
 - Total 3.01 sq mi (7.79 km2)
 - Land 3.00 sq mi (7.78 km2)
 - Water 0.01 sq mi (0.01 km2)  0.18%
Elevation 827 ft (252 m)
Population (2000)[3]
 - Total 10,578
 Density 3,522.9/sq mi (1,360.2/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP Code 91024, 91025[4]
Area code(s) 626
FIPS code 06-71806
GNIS feature ID 1661439

The City of Sierra Madre, is a town in Los Angeles County, California. The population was about 10,580 at the time of the 2000 census. It is in the Foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains below the southern edge of the Angeles National Forest with the cities of Pasadena and Altadena to its west, and Arcadia to its south and east.


History and culture

Sierra Madre is historically linked to the old mountain resorts of the San Gabriel Mountains and Valley. The Sierra Madre Villa Hotel was a pioneer of summer resorts that populated the San Gabriel Valley in the late-1800s.[5] Adams' Pack Station, located within the 91024 zip code at Chantry Flat, is the last remaining pack station in Southern California. The municipality also operates maintains the landmark Lizzie's Trail inn at the head of Old Mount Wilson Trail.[5]

The Sierra Madre Villa Hotel, 1884.

Sierra Madre is known for its annual Wistaria Festival (an alternative spelling of Wisteria), which celebrates its 114 year old, 1+ acre Chinese wisteria (Wisteria sinensis) vine.[6] The plant was named by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest blooming plant and one of the seven horticultural wonders of the world.[7] The annual festival is the one day a year the 115 year old vine on private property can be viewed.[8][9]

The town is also home to the only remaining volunteer fire department in the Greater Los Angeles area and has no traffic signals within its town limits.[10] With the appointment of former Pasadena Police Department Cmdr. Marilyn Diaz as Police Chief on March 14, 2006, the Sierra Madre Police Department became the first municipal police department in Los Angeles County to have a female Chief.[11] As reported by KCAL television in 2006, there are currently 17 sworn members of the Sierra Madre Police Department.

This small village in the Sierra Madre Canyon area is noted for being a distinct and unusual community. The Canyon is characterized by narrow and winding roads, lush vegetation, views of the San Gabriel Valley, and small bungalows or cabins. The downtown has small restaurants and shops.

There is also a historic company that makes gourmet and specialty olives, jams, jellies, and syrups (sold to the public) from its own citrus groves. The company, E. Waldo Ward and Son, was founded over 120 years ago, when most of Sierra Madre was mainly agricultural in its zoning; the first Sevilla orange trees in the U.S. were planted on the grounds (now, due to re-zoning, the original trees are on private property, however the Ward family still owns 3 acres (12,000 m2) of oranges at 273 E. Highland Ave. as well as having a barn.)

Sierra Madre host a 4th of July Parade each year.


Sierra Madre is located at 34°9′53″N 118°3′3″W / 34.16472°N 118.05083°W / 34.16472; -118.05083 (34.164806, -118.050907).[12]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 7.8 km² (3.0 mi²). 7.8 km² (3.0 mi²) of it is land and 0.33% is water.


As of the census[13] of 2000, there were 10,578 people, 4,756 households, and 2,739 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,361.4/km² (3,522.9/mi²). There were 4,923 housing units at an average density of 633.6/km² (1,639.5/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 85.81% White, 1.14% African American, 0.35% Native American, 5.60% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 3.02% from other races, and 3.98% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.96% of the population.

There were 4,756 households out of which 23.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.4% were married couples living together, 7.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.4% were non-families. 35.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.20 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the town the population was spread out with 18.9% under the age of 18, 4.9% from 18 to 24, 30.8% from 25 to 44, 29.7% from 45 to 64, and 15.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 89.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $65,900, and the median income for a family was $79,588. Males had a median income of $61,635 versus $42,527 for females. The per capita income for the town was $41,104. About 1.9% of families and 3.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.2% of those under age 18 and 1.7% of those age 65 or over.


Sierra Madre pupils and students are registered in the Pasadena Unified School District schools:

Residents from Pasadena, Monrovia, San Marino, Altadena, Los Angeles, La Cañada, Arcadia, and South Pasadena enroll children in private schools here.

Private Schooling Options:

Government and infrastructure

In the state legislature Sierra Madre is located in the 29th Senate District, represented by Republican Bob Huff, and in the 59th Assembly District, represented by Republican Anthony Adams. Federally, Sierra Madre is located in California's 26th congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of R +4[14] and is represented by Republican David Dreier.

The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services operates the Monrovia Health Center in Monrovia, serving Sierra Madre.[15]


  1. ^ "Incorporation Dates of California Cities". Retrieved 2007-01-18. 
  2. ^ "The Official Site of the City of Sierra Madre: City Council". Retrieved 2007-01-18. 
  3. ^ "Sierra Madre 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. ^ a b The Official Site of the City of Sierra Madre: Headline History of Sierra Madre
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  7. ^ "Wistaria Hysteria hits Sierra Madre Sunday" John Sollenberger, 3-22-07, Pasadena Weekly.
  8. ^ "now the largest blossoming plant in the world, Sierra Madre's 250-ton wistaria vine fit in a one-gallon can when it was purchased for 75 cents at Monrovia nursery in 194." March/April 2009 page 52 AAA Westways magazine
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  10. ^ On The Road With Garth Kemp: Sierra Madre 7/27/06
  11. ^ The Official Site of the City of Sierra Madre: City of Sierra Madre
  12. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  13. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  14. ^ "Will Gerrymandered Districts Stem the Wave of Voter Unrest?". Campaign Legal Center Blog. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  15. ^ "Monrovia Health Center." Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. Retrieved on March 27, 2010.

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