Monterey Park is a city located in the San Gabriel Valley region of Los Angeles County, California, United States. It has a population of around 60,269 people and has a diverse ethnic makeup, with a large Asian American population. The city is known for its historic sites and landmarks, as well as its great restaurants, shopping, and outdoor recreational opportunities. It is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike.
Monterey Park History
Monterey Park was founded in 1916, and was originally known as “Muscatel” and later as “East Los Angeles.” It was later renamed Monterey Park in 1916, after the historic city of Monterey, California. The city was primarily agricultural in its early history, with citrus groves and chicken ranches being the primary industries.
In the 1940s and 1950s, Monterey Park began to experience significant population growth, as a result of the post-World War II housing boom and the desire of many white Americans to leave the more densely-populated areas of Los Angeles for the suburbs. This led to a period of racial tension and conflict in the city, as many of the new residents were white and sought to exclude people of color from the city.
However, in the following decades, Monterey Park saw an influx of Asian American immigrants, particularly from Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Mainland China. This led to a significant demographic shift, and today Monterey Park is known for its large and diverse Asian American population.