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Hacienda Heights, California
The view of Hacienda Heights, with Hsi Lai Temple and Puente Hills in the background
The view of Hacienda Heights, with Hsi Lai Temple and Puente Hills in the background
Nickname(s): 
The Heights
Motto(s): 
"Growing with Pride"
Location of Hacienda Heights in Los Angeles County, California.
Location of Hacienda Heights in Los Angeles County, California.
Hacienda Heights, California is located in the United States
Hacienda Heights, California
Hacienda Heights, California
Location in the United States
Country United States
State California
County Los Angeles
Area
 • Total 11.182 sq mi (28.962 km2)
 • Land 11.175 sq mi (28.944 km2)
 • Water 0.007 sq mi (0.018 km2)  0.06%
Elevation
453 ft (138 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 54,038
 • Density 4,832.59/sq mi (1,865.82/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (PST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
91745
Area code(s) 626, 562
FIPS code 06-31596

Hacienda Heights is an unincorporated suburban community in Los Angeles County, California, United States. As of the 2010 census, the community had a total population of 54,038, up from 53,122 at the 2000 census. For statistical purposes, the Census Bureau has defined Hacienda Heights as a census designated place (CDP). It is the second largest CDP in Los Angeles County by area and the county's fourth largest CDP by population.

History

During Spanish rule, Hacienda Heights was a part of Rancho La Puente, which was operated by the nearby Mission San Gabriel Arcángel in San Gabriel. The Rancho was eventually acquired by John A. Rowland and William Workman in 1845 via a Mexican land grant, and eventually acquired by Elias "Lucky" Baldwin. In 1912, his descendant, Anita Baldwin, sold the property to Edwin Hart and Jet Torrance. The pair subdivided the area and named it North Whittier Heights, which became known for avocado, citrus and walnut orchards, in 1913. However, from the Great Depression era to the early 1940s, citrus growing became unprofitable because of pests and diseases, setting the impetus for the area's transformation into a suburb.

Originally an agricultural town, beginning in the 1940s and accelerating in the 1950s, suburban residential development, which occurred southward (beginning on subdivisions near Kwis Avenue), transformed Hacienda Heights into a residential or bedroom community. In 1961, the Hacienda Heights Branch of the Los Angeles County Public Library opened. The following year, in 1961, the area was renamed Hacienda Heights. In 1964, the local newspaper, the Hacienda Heights Highlander, was established.

Geography

Hacienda Heights is located at 34°0′2″N 117°58′10″W / 34.00056°N 117.96944°W / 34.00056; -117.96944 (34.000578, -117.969434) in the eastern San Gabriel Valley bordering City of Industry and West Covina to the North, Whittier to the West, La Habra Heights to the South, and Rowland Heights to the East along the Pomona Freeway - Route 60. Hacienda Heights is a predominantly residential neighborhood.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the community has a total area of 11.2 square miles (29 km2). 11.2 square miles (29 km2) of it is land and 0.06% is water.

Hacienda Heights also has the Puente Hills forming its 'green belt' southern border and much of its western border. The highest point is Workman Hill at 1,391 feet (424 m).

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 35,969
1980 49,422 37.4%
1990 52,354 5.9%
2000 53,122 1.5%
2010 54,038 1.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010

The 2010 United States Census reported that Hacienda Heights had a population of 54,038. The population density was 4,832.4 people per square mile (1,865.8/km2). The racial makeup of Hacienda Heights was 38% White (12.6% Non-Hispanic White), 1.1% African American, 0.3% Native American, 39.3% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, and 2.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 46%.

The census reported that 53,928 people (99.8% of the population) lived in households, 70 (0.1%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 40 (0.1%) were institutionalized.

There were 16,193 households, out of which 6,185 (38.2%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 10,151 (62.7%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 2,331 (14.4%) had a female householder with no husband present, 1,024 (6.3%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 555 (3.4%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 93 (0.6%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 2,111 households (13.0%) were made up of individuals, and 1,047 (6.5%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.33. There were 13,506 families (83.4% of all households); the average family size was 3.59.

The CDP population contained 11,864 people (22.0%) under the age of 18, 5,184 people (9.6%) aged 18 to 24, 13,597 people (25.2%) aged 25 to 44, 15,071 people (27.9%) aged 45 to 64, and 8,322 people (15.4%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40.1 years. For every 100 females there were 94.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.4 males.

There were 16,650 housing units at an average density of 1,488.9 per square mile (574.9/km2), of which 12,720 (78.6%) were owner-occupied, and 3,473 (21.4%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.0%; the rental vacancy rate was 3.6%. 42,189 people (78.1% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 11,739 people (21.7%) lived in rental housing units. Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2013-2017 was $545,400 with medium gross rent of $1,734.

Landmarks

The "Puente Hills Landfill Native Habitat Preservation Authority" supports public enjoyment and access of the nearby parkland in the Puente Hills.

Hsi Lai Temple

Hsi Lai Temple (meaning "Coming West") is the largest Buddhist temple in North America. The temple encompasses 15 acres (61,000 m2) and a floor area of 102,432 sq ft (9,516.2 m2). The temple's Ming dynasty (1368–1644 AD) and Qing dynasty (1644–1911 AD) architecture is faithful to the traditional style of buildings, Chinese gardens, and statuary of ancient Chinese monasteries. Hsi Lai was built to serve as a spiritual and cultural center for those interested in learning Buddhism and Chinese culture.

Education

The city is served by the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District.

High schools

  • Los Altos High School
  • Glen A. Wilson High School
  • Valley Alternative High School

Middle schools

K-8 schools

  • Mesa Robles School
  • Cedarlane Academy
  • St. Marks Lutheran School

Elementary schools

  • Bixby Elementary
  • Grazide Elementary
  • Kwis Elementary
  • Los Altos Elementary
  • Los Molinos Elementary
  • Los Robles Academy
  • Palm Elementary
  • Wedgeworth Elementary
  • Hillgrove Elementary at 1234 Valencia Ave (1953-1984)

Glenelder Elementary School was merged with Cedarlane and Shadybend was closed down, too.

Notable people

  • Caprice Bourret, actress and model
  • Ralph Brown, football player
  • William Campbell, California state legislator
  • Shaun Cody, football player
  • Andy DeMize, rock musician
  • Fergie, singer and actress
  • Jeff Garcia, voice actor and comedian
  • Rob Hertel, football player
  • Gary Jones, former national champion motocross racer
  • Josh Keaton, actor and singer, The Spectacular Spider-Man
  • David Lee, photographer and film director, Publisher of Destination Luxury
  • Esperanza Martinez, painter
  • Sona Movsesian, executive assistant and television personality
  • Shane del Rosario, MMA fighter
  • Ryan Sakoda, professional wrestler
  • Michael Smith, former All-America basketball player at BYU and first-round pick of the Boston Celtics (13th overall), current television and color announcer for Los Angeles Clippers
  • Jill Sterkel, 2-time Olympic champion freestyle swimmer
  • Kevin Song, professional poker player
  • Troy Tanner, professional volleyball player
  • Brian Tee, actor
  • Scott Williams, professional NBA basketball player
  • Marc Yu, child musician

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