Alhambra is a city located in the western San Gabriel Valley region of Los Angeles County, California, United States, approximately eight miles from the Downtown Los Angeles civic center. Alhambra is known as the Gateway to the San Gabriel Valley.
Incorporated in 1903, the city was named after “The Tales of the Alhambra” by Washington Irving. Although its early history reflects a heavy Spanish influence, today’s Alhambra is comprised of a wide range of ethnic groups and its businesses have strong ties to international commerce. Since the 1970s and 1980s, the city’s proximity to the heavily Asian-American Monterey Park has attracted many East Asian immigrants, and present-day Alhambra includes a very active Chinese business district.
Bordering the city of Alhambra is San Gabriel on the east, San Marino and South Pasadena on the north, and Monterey Park on the south. Major freeways include interstate highways 10 and 710. Several quality educational institutions are located nearby, including the California Institute of Technology, California State University at Los Angeles, Pasadena City College, Pasadena College, East Los Angeles College, and slightly further away, UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) and USC (University of Southern California).
Some of the local attractions within the city limits of Alhambra include: the Burke Heritage Park, Alhambra Historical Museum, and Shorb Garden. Alhambra is also host (jointly with the city of San Gabriel) to the annual San Gabriel Valley Lunar New Year Parade & Festival, which celebrates the Chinese New Year.
Learn more about Alhambra, CA:
- City of Alhambra website: https://www.cityofalhambra.org/
- Alhambra, CA Schools: https://www.greatschools.org/search/search.page?q=alhambra%20ca