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Hawaiian Gardens, California
City of Hawaiian Gardens
Official seal of Hawaiian Gardens, California
Seal
Motto(s): 
"Our Youth, Our Future"
Location of Hawaiian Gardens in Los Angeles County, California.
Location of Hawaiian Gardens in Los Angeles County, California.
Hawaiian Gardens, California is located in the United States
Hawaiian Gardens, California
Hawaiian Gardens, California
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  California
County Flag of Los Angeles County, California.svg Los Angeles
Incorporated (city) April 9, 1964
Government
 • Type City Council-Administrator
Area
 • Total 0.96 sq mi (2.48 km2)
 • Land 0.95 sq mi (2.45 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)  1.09%
Elevation
33 ft (10 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 14,254
 • Estimate 
(2019)
14,159
 • Density 14,935.65/sq mi (5,768.48/km2)
Time zone UTC−8 (PST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−7 (PDT)
ZIP code
90716
Area code(s) 562
FIPS code 06-32506
GNIS feature ID 1652716

Hawaiian Gardens is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. It is the smallest city in the county in area (approximately 1.0 mi2) and was incorporated on April 9, 1964. The population was 14,254 at the 2010 census, down from 14,779 at the 2000 census.

The city's unusual name originated with a 1920s refreshment stand that was decorated with palm fronds and bamboo. It was the then-rural area's main landmark for many years, and its name stuck as the small town grew up around it. As one of seven Los Angeles County cities that allow casino gambling, more than $9.2 million (65%) of the city's revenue comes from the Gardens Casino.

Geography

Hawaiian Gardens is located at 33°49′43″N 118°4′25″W / 33.82861°N 118.07361°W / 33.82861; -118.07361 (33.828565, -118.073646). It is bounded by the Los Angeles County cities of Long Beach and Lakewood, and by the Orange County city of Cypress.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2). 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2) of it is land and 0.01 square miles (0.026 km2) of it (1.09%) is water. Hawaiian Gardens is the smallest city in area in Los Angeles County.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 88
1940 432 390.9%
1950 1,200 177.8%
1960 2,100 75.0%
1970 9,052 331.0%
1980 10,548 16.5%
1990 13,639 29.3%
2000 14,779 8.4%
2010 14,254 −3.6%
2019 (est.) 14,159 −0.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010

At the 2010 census Hawaiian Gardens had a population of 14,254. The population density was 14,905.0 people per square mile (5,754.9/km2). The racial makeup of Hawaiian Gardens was 6,477 (45.4%) White (7.3% Non-Hispanic White), 546 (3.8%) African American, 178 (1.2%) Native American, 1,513 (10.6%) Asian, 57 (0.4%) Pacific Islander, 4,929 (34.6%) from other races, and 554 (3.9%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11,010 persons (77.2%).

The census reported that 14,238 people (99.9% of the population) lived in households, 16 (0.1%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and no one was institutionalized.

There were 3,562 households, 1,930 (54.2%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 1,819 (51.1%) were married couples living together, 714 (20.0%) had a female householder with no husband present, 337 (9.5%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 217 (6.1%) partnerships, and 20 (0.6%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 534 households (15.0%) were one person and 246 (6.9%) had someone living alone who was 65 or older. The average household size was 4.00. There were 2,870 families (80.6% of households); the average family size was 4.33.

The age distribution was 4,576 people (32.1%) under the age of 18, 1,759 people (12.3%) aged 18 to 24, 4,109 people (28.8%) aged 25 to 44, 2,684 people (18.8%) aged 45 to 64, and 1,126 people (7.9%) who were 65 or older. The median age was 28.4 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.9 males.

There were 3,703 housing units at an average density of 3,872.1 per square mile, of the occupied units 1,577 (44.3%) were owner-occupied and 1,985 (55.7%) were rented. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.7%; the rental vacancy rate was 4.3%. 6,247 people (43.8% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 7,991 people (56.1%) lived in rental housing units.

According to the 2010 United States Census, Hawaiian Gardens had a median household income of $42,017, with 24.4% of the population living below the federal poverty line.

2000

At the 2000 census there were 14,779 people in 3,507 households, including 2,868 families, in the city. The population density was 15,389.5 inhabitants per square mile (5,944.0/km2). There were 3,624 housing units at an average density of 3,773.7 per square mile (1,457.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 38.24% White, 4.45% Black or African American, 1.28% Native American, 8.80% Asian, 0.74% Pacific Islander, 41.65% from other races, and 4.85% from two or more races. 62.8% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. Of the 3,507 households 52.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.8% were married couples living together, 19.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.2% were non-families. 14.2% of households were one person and 5.8% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 4.21 and the average family size was 4.52.

The age distribution was 36.8% under the age of 18, 12.6% from 18 to 24, 30.1% from 25 to 44, 14.4% from 45 to 64, and 6.2% 65 or older. The median age was 25 years. For every 100 females, there were 104.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.4 males.

The median household income was $34,500 and the median family income was $31,840. Males had a median income of $21,074 versus $20,643 for females. The per capita income for the city was $10,728. About 19.8% of families and 22.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.4% of those under age 18 and 15.2% of those age 65 or over.

Economy

I-605, Hawaiian Gardens, California (6026571487)
Interstate 605 (viewed from the southbound lanes) at Hawaiian Gardens, California approaching Hawaiian Gardens Casino

Top employers

According to the city's 2009 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Hawaiian Gardens Casino 1,000
2 Tri-City Regional Medical Center 350
3 City of Hawaiian Gardens 81
4 Total Building Care 70
5 Cypress Garden Villas 70
6 Howard Contracting 50
7 Richmond Plastering 50
8 Patchman 45
9 ABC Unified School District 40
10 Outdoor Living Products 40

Education

Hawaiian Gardens is within the ABC Unified School District.

Elementary schools within Hawaiian Gardens include Venn W. Ferguson Elementary School and Hawaiian Elementary School.

Middle schools within Hawaiian Gardens include Pharis F. Fedde Middle School, which was formerly called Killingsworth Junior High School.

Residents are zoned to the following high schools:

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