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Incorporated on January 20, 1923, South Gate is the sixteenth largest city in Los Angeles County and encompasses 7.5 square miles. South Gate is located just 12 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the population estimate is 94,396 as of 2010. For demographics and further information, please visit their web site. Click here for the U.S. Census Bureau.


South Gate has a semi-arid Mediterranean climate with mild winters and hot, dry summers. The average annual precipitation is 14.8 inches per year with most occurring between November and April. Temperatures range from a low of 40 F to a high of 110 F. The average daily temperatures range from 54 F to 73 F.


Form of government: Council-Manager. The City Council consists of five members, elected at large by the voting public, to serve four year terms. The Mayor and Vice-Mayor are elected for a one-year term by the council members. Legislative Districts - State: 30th (Senate), 50th (Assembly); Federal: 39th (Congressional).

Land Use Distribution

Type Total Acres Percent of Total
Low density 1,304 acres 36.2 %
Medium Density 411 acres 11.4 %
Upper-Medium Density 149 acres 4.1 %
Commercial 287 acres 8.0 %
Mixed Use Residential/Commercial 119 acres 3.3 %
Mixed Use Commercial/Industrial 393 acres 10.9 %
Industrial 629 acres 17.5 %
Public Facilities 310 acres 8.6 %


Highways: I-710 (Long Beach Freeway)) and I-105 (Century Freeway)

Rail: Southern Pacific and Union Pacific; access to 3 intermodal ramps (nearest service within 5 miles)

Air: South Gate is 12 miles from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), 10 miles from Long Beach Airport; 8 miles from Hawthorne Municipal Airport and 6 miles from Compton Municipal airport.

Ports: South Gate is 16 miles from the Port of Long Beach and 19.5 miles from the Port of Los Angeles.

Bus: Regionally, South Gate is served by the Metropolitan Transit Authority. Locally, the City provides individuals with transportation services through its Phone-A-Ride program, at (323) 262-3497.


There are a total of 24,269 housing units in South Gate. The median housing value is $460,000. The median gross monthly rental rate is $797. Housing units - owner occupied: 10,879 (46.9%); renter occupied: 12,334 (53.1%). Vacancy rate is 2%.


Schools located in South Gate include: 19 public (12 elementary,3 high school and3 middle high school) and two parochial schools. Adult Education classes are conducted at both the junior and senior high schools. The City is also served by 3 community colleges (Compton, Cerritos and East Los Angeles--main campus and South Gate satellite) and 3 California State Universities (Dominguez Hills, Long Beach and Los Angeles.)


There are approximately 40 churches located in the City representing a variety of religious denominations.

Recreational Facilities

There are 9 parks in the City of South Gate, representing over 65 acres of recreational area. They include: Circle Park, Hollydale Community Park, Cesar Chavez Park, Gardendale Tot Lot, Hollydale Park, South Gate Park, Stanford Avenue Park and State Street Park. The 96 acre South Gate Park is home to the Municipal Auditorium, the Girls' Clubhouse, the Sports Center, the Senior Citizen Building, a 3 par golf course, an Olympic size indoor swimming pool, 6 tennis courts, 6 indoor basketball courts, 10 outdoor basketball courts and 10 baseball fields (9 lighted). Access to the Southern Avenue Bike Pedestrian Way and the Rio Hondo Bicycle Trail is conveniently located within the City.

Public Facilities

In addition to those listed in the "Recreation Facilities" section, other public buildings include: Hollydale Community Building, El Paseo Police Substation, Fire Stations 54 and 57, Leland R. Weaver Library, the Hollydale Library, the Chamber of Commerce, one main U.S. Post Office and two satellite Post Offices. The Civic Center Complex consists of City Hall, the Police Department, the City Hall Annex, and Civic Center Community Building, which contains the Museum and Art Association Center.

Health Services

Health Services within South Gate include: 26 Doctors; 3 Optometrists; 7 Chiropractors; 29 Dentists; 8 Pharmacies. Nearby hospitals serving South Gate are: St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood; Charter Suburban in Paramount; Downey Regional Medical Center and Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center in Downey; King-Drew Medical Center in Los Angeles; Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and Veterans Hospital in Long Beach.


South Gate, which has no utility user tax, is served by the following utility companies:

Southern California Edison Company - 310-638-0178

Southern California Gas Company - 310-328-3030

Pacific Bell - 800-328-8899

General Telephone (East of L.A. River) - 800-483-3000

South Gate Water Department - 323-563-9586

Golden State Water Company (Hollydale area only) - 310-927-2614

Disposal Services

To assure that state mandates for reduction of solid waste are met, all commercial, industrial and residential areas in the city are served by a single waste hauler - Waste Management, Inc. They can be reached at (800) 774-0222

8650 California Avenue • South Gate, CA 90280 • (323) 563-9500