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City of Walnut
—  City  —
Location of Walnut in Los Angeles County, California
Coordinates: 34°1′40″N 117°51′38″W / 34.02778°N 117.86056°W / 34.02778; -117.86056Coordinates: 34°1′40″N 117°51′38″W / 34.02778°N 117.86056°W / 34.02778; -117.86056
Country United States
State California
County Los Angeles
Incorporated (city) 1959-01-19[1]
 - Mayor Tom King[2]
 - Mayor Pro Tem Antonio "Tony" Cartagena[2]
 - Councilwoman Nancy Renne Tragarz[2]
 - Councilman Joaquin Lim[2]
 - Councilwoman Mary Su[2]
 - Total 8.98 sq mi (23.26 km2)
 - Land 8.98 sq mi (23.26 km2)
 - Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)  0.00%
Elevation 561 ft (171 m)
Population (2000)[3]
 - Total 30,004
 Density 3,340.5/sq mi (1,289.8/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP Code 91788, 91789, 91795[4]
Area code(s) 626/909[5]
FIPS code 06-83332
GNIS feature ID 1652808
Website http://www.ci.walnut.ca.us/
Street sign in Walnut

Walnut is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. The population is 30,004 and its current mayor is Tom King, a former Detective from the Los Angeles Police Department.

The city of Walnut obtained its name from the Rancho Los Nogales Mexican land grant, nogales being the Spanish word for walnut. With exceptions to some busy intersections (such as near Mt. San Antonio College), the hilly and affluent city is considerably more relaxed in comparison to most nearby neighborhoods. The city covers nearly nine square miles (23 sq. km) and is home to more than 32,000 people and 600 businesses.



Los Angeles is 24 miles (39 km) West

  • Pomona is 7 miles (11 km) East
  • Anaheim is 20 miles (32 km) South
  • Covina is 5 miles (8.0 km) North


The history of Walnut dates back to the Indians who were of Shoshone origin. They were called Gabrielino Indians by the Spaniards,who arrived here in the early 1800s, because they lived in an area controlled by the San Gabriel Mission. Walnut grown in the area was primarily used for the grazing of cattle and sheep by the Mission.

The first Mexican land grants in the Walnut area were those of Rancho San Jose granted to Ricardo Vejar and Ygnacio Palomares in 1837; Rancho Los Nogales granted to Jose De La Cruz Linares in 1840; and Rancho La Puente granted to John Rowland and William Workman in 1842. In 1868, John Rowland and William Workman divided Rancho La Puente, leaving Rowland the eastern half and Workman the western half. Rowland’s land included the western portion of Walnut. The land was used for raising cattle and growing wheat, grapes, and fruit trees.

The City of Walnut’s Bicentennial Commission selected the construction of Lemon Creek Park and the restoration of the William R. Rowland Adobe Redwood Ranch House as Walnut’s bicentennial project. In 1871, the Lemon Creek Park area became the property of Sheriff William Rowland, who inherited the 29,000-acre (120 km2) ranch from his father, John Rowland. The modest structure built in 1883, served as the home of Mr. Meridith, ranch foreman for William Rowland. The adobe redwood ranch house is one of the few remaining original ranch style redwood and adobe structures in the area. On October 1, 1975, the State Landmark Committee placed the W.R. Rowland ranch house in the National Registry of Historical Places.

Walnut Family Festival

One of the most notable aspects of Walnut is the Walnut Family Festival. For one day each year during the fall, several larger streets are closed in the early hours of the morning and a parade is held in which many local clubs and groups participate. Later in the afternoon, a fair with booths, games, food, and activities is held in Suzanne Park, adjacent to Suzanne Middle School.


As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 30,004 people, 8,260 households, and 7,582 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,290.0/km² (3,340.5/mi²). There were 8,395 housing units at an average density of 360.9/km² (934.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 55.75% Asian, 28.37% White, 4.20% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 7.65% from other races, and 3.71% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 19.34% of the population.

There were 8,260 households out of which 50.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 77.1% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 8.2% were non-families. 5.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 1.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.63 and the average family size was 3.74.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.8% under the age of 18, 9.8% from 18 to 24, 27.2% from 25 to 44, 28.4% from 45 to 64, and 6.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 96.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.5 males.

According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household in the city was $100,360, and the median income for a family was $105,387.[7] Males had a median income of $51,944 versus $36,197 for females. The per capita income for the city was $31,196. About 5.8% of families and 6.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.8% of those under age 18 and 6.3% of those age 65 or over.

The city was recognized in 1999 by CNN as a model of diversity.[8]

Government and infrastructure

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) operates the Walnut/Diamond Bar Station in Walnut.[9]

The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services operates the Pomona Health Center in Pomona, serving Walnut.[10]

In the state legislature Walnut is located in the 29th Senate District, represented by Republican Bob Huff, and in the 60th Assembly District, represented by Republican Curt Hagman. Federally, Walnut is located in California's 26th congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of R +4[11] and is represented by Republican David Dreier.

While the political districts that Walnut is located in may have tendencies to vote for Republican candidates, over the last decade Walnut has mostly voted for Democratic presidential, gubernatorial, and senatorial candidates, with the exceptions of 2003 and 2006 when they voted for Arnold Schwarzenegger.[12]

Election results from statewide races
Year Office Results
2008 President Obama 56.2 - 42.0%[13]
2006 Governor Schwarzenegger 60.3 - 36.1%[14]
Senator Feinstein 58.6 - 37.5%[15]
2004 President Kerry 51.1 - 48.0%[16]
Senator Boxer 57.6 - 38.2%[17]
2003 Recall Yes 64.0 - 36.0%[18]
Schwarzenegger 60.1 - 24.2%[19]
2002 Governor Davis 47.5 - 45.9%[20]
2000 President Gore 53.4 - 43.6%[21]
Senator Feinstein 55.1 - 38.1%[22]
1998 Governor Davis 47.5 - 45.9%[23]
Senator Fong 51.2 - 45.7%[24]
1996 President Clinton 50.0 - 40.1%[25]
1994 Governor Wilson 57.6 - 38.9%[26]
Senator Huffington 50.4 - 40.8%[27]


Primary education in Walnut is generally served by the Walnut Valley Unified School District (WVUSD), which also serves parts of the city of Diamond Bar. Schools located in Walnut are:

  • C.J. Morris Elementary School
  • Collegewood Elementary School
  • Oswalt Academy (used to be Oswalt Elementary School) (Rowland Unified School District)
  • Vejar Elementary School
  • Walnut Elementary School
  • Westhoff Elementary School
  • Suzanne Middle School
  • Southlands Christian Schools
  • Ronald Hockwalt Academies - Continuation School (Formerly known as Del Paso High School)
  • Walnut High School

Portions of the western side of Walnut are also served by the Rowland Unified School District.

In addition, Mt. San Antonio College, one of the California Community Colleges, is also located in Walnut near its border with Pomona.

Proposed NFL Stadium

In April 2008, billionaire-land developer and co-owner of the Los Angeles Lakers and Kings, Edward P. Roski, unveiled plans for the construction of an $800 million NFL stadium in the neighboring City of Industry.[28] In March 2009, Walnut filed a lawsuit opposing construction of the stadium, but dropped those charges in September.[29][30]

On October 23, 2009, California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill allowing the 75,000-seat stadium to be built in neighboring Industry in hopes of attracting an NFL team there.[31] This bill would also nullify a lawsuit filed by local residents over the project's environmental impact report.

Notable natives/residents

Sister cities


  1. ^ "Incorporation Dates of California Cities". http://www.cacities.org/resource_files/20457.IncorpDateLO.doc. Retrieved 2007-01-18. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "City of Walnut - City Council". http://www.ci.walnut.ca.us/general.asp?id=109. Retrieved 2007-01-18. 
  3. ^ "Walnut city, California - Fact Sheet - American FactFinder". http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/SAFFFacts?_event=ChangeGeoContext&geo_id=16000US0683332&_geoContext=&_street=&_county=&_cityTown=Walnut+city&_state=04000US06&_zip=&_lang=en&_sse=on&ActiveGeoDiv=&_useEV=&pctxt=fph&pgsl=010&_submenuId=factsheet_1&ds_name=DEC_2000_SAFF&_ci_nbr=null&qr_name=null&reg=null%3Anull&_keyword=&_industry=. Retrieved 2007-01-18. 
  4. ^ "USPS - ZIP Code Lookup - Find a ZIP+ 4 Code By City Results". http://zip4.usps.com/zip4/zcl_1_results.jsp?visited=1&pagenumber=0&state=ca&city=Walnut. Retrieved 2007-01-18. 
  5. ^ "Number Administration System - NPA and City/Town Search Results". http://www.nanpa.com/nas/public/npa_city_query_step2.do?method=displayData&cityToNpaModel.stateAbbr=CA&cityToNpaModel.city=Walnut. Retrieved 2007-01-18. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/ACSSAFFFacts?_event=ChangeGeoContext&geo_id=16000US0683332&_geoContext=01000US%7C04000US06%7C16000US0670280&_street=&_county=walnut&_cityTown=walnut&_state=04000US06&_zip=&_lang=en&_sse=on&ActiveGeoDiv=geoSelect&_useEV=&pctxt=fph&pgsl=010&_submenuId=factsheet_1&ds_name=ACS_2007_3YR_SAFF&_ci_nbr=null&qr_name=null&reg=null%3Anull&_keyword=&_industry=
  8. ^ Moret, Jim (17 December 1999). "California town hailed as model of diversity". Walnut, California: CNN. http://archives.cnn.com/1999/US/12/17/diverse.town/index.html. Retrieved 2009-11-01. 
  9. ^ "Walnut/Diamond Bar Station." Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Retrieved on January 21, 2010.
  10. ^ "Pomona Health Center." Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. Retrieved on March 27, 2010.
  11. ^ "Will Gerrymandered Districts Stem the Wave of Voter Unrest?". Campaign Legal Center Blog. http://www.clcblog.org/blog_item-85.html. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  12. ^ Data compiled and calculated based on election results from "Political Districts within Counties" results for Walnut [1], All percentages are rounded to nearest tenth place
  13. ^ http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/sov/2008_general/ssov/5-pres-by-political-districts.pdf
  14. ^ http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/sov/2006_general/ssov/gov_by_all.pdf
  15. ^ http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/sov/2006_general/ssov/us_sen_by_all.pdf
  16. ^ http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/sov/2004_general/ssov/pres_general_ssov_all.pdf
  17. ^ http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/sov/2004_general/ssov/us_senate_ssov_all.pdf
  18. ^ http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/sov/2003_special/ssov/recall_ques_pol_dis.pdf
  19. ^ http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/sov/2003_special/ssov/gov_pol_dis.pdf
  20. ^ http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/sov/2002_general/ssov/gov_pol_dis.pdf
  21. ^ http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/sov/2000_general/ssov/pol_dis.pdf
  22. ^ http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/sov/2000_general/ssov/us_senate_pol_dis.pdf
  23. ^ http://vote98.sos.ca.gov/Final/ssov/gov-ps.pdf
  24. ^ http://vote98.sos.ca.gov/Final/ssov/sen-ps.pdf
  25. ^ http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/sov/1996-general/1996-general-ssov.pdf
  26. ^ http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/sov/1994-general/1994-general-ssov.pdf
  27. ^ http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/sov/1994-general/1994-general-ssov.pdf
  28. ^ "NFL stadium set for industry". http://www.sgvtribune.com/stadium/ci_8967041. Retrieved 2009-08-23. 
  29. ^ "Walnut files Lawsuit over NFL Stadium". http://www.sgvtribune.com/ci_11996296. Retrieved 2009-08-23. 
  30. ^ "Plan for NFL site in City of Industry clears major legal hurdle". http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2009/09/agreement-gives-proposed-nfl-stadium-in-industry-a-boost.html. Retrieved 2009-09-24. 
  31. ^ Governor approves LA-area football stadium waiver

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