Get to know Montebello, CA

Montebello is part of the Gateway Cities, roughly 8 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.  The area was populated by Tongva Native Americans until the Mission San Gabriel Arcangel was established in 1771.  It was ranch land during the 19th century.  Part of the Battle of Rio San Gabriel in 1847 took place in modern day Montebello, a decisive American victory during the Mexican-American War.  Montebello began in 1899 when land from larger ranches was subdivided.  In 1900, with the advice of hydraulic engineer William Mulholland, the city completed a water system and incorporated as the Montebello Land and Water Company.  It became the town of Newmark as the area grew around the San Pedro, Los Angeles & Salt Lake Railroad.  Mulholland suggested Newmark be changed, and the city adopted the name Montebello.  It was an agricultural hub, producing flowers, berries, fruits, and vegetables until 1917 when the Standard Oil Company discovered oil in the town.  In 1920 the City of Montebello was officially incorporated.  The main employers include Kaiser Permanente and the Montebello Unified School District.

Quick Facts

Population: 63,530

Median Household Income: $45,875

Median Property Value: $402,600

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