Alhambra

Get to know Alhambra, CA

The city of Alhambra is a suburb of Los Angeles, roughly 8 miles from the downtown Civic Center.  The area was originally inhabited by the Tongva Native Americans.  It grew up with the San Gabriel Mission in the 18th century.  The land eventually became the property of Bernardo Yorba.  When his daughter Ruth Ramona married land developer Benjamin Davis Wilson, they inherited the land, and later called the area Alhambra.  It’s name comes from Washington Irving’s book Tales of the Alhambra, a book Wilson’s daughter was reading as the land was developed.  While the city was founded in the mid 19th century, it remained an unincorporated suburb until 1903.  It has seen several waves of immigration since the mid-20th century, most recently Chinese immigrants who have developed an active business district on Valley Boulevard.  The largest employers in the city include the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, Alhambra Unified School District, and the County of Los Angeles.  The many car dealerships on Main Street have a large economic impact on the city.  Popular attractions include The Hat, a restaurant known for its pastrami, and the annual Lunar New Year Parade and Festival.  Famous residents have included Kenny Loggins, Phil Spector, and Cheryl Tiegs.

Quick Facts

Population: 84,782

Median Household Income: $53,582

Median Property Value: $494,500

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