Arcadia (California)

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Location in California
Arcadia (California)
Basic data
Foundation : 5th August 1903
State : United States
State : California
County : Los Angeles County
Coordinates : 34 ° 8 ′  N , 118 ° 2 ′  W Coordinates: 34 ° 8 ′  N , 118 ° 2 ′  W
Time zone : Pacific ( UTC − 8 / −7 )
Residents : 56,364 (as of 2010)
Population density : 1,984.6 inhabitants per km 2
Area : 28.8 km 2  (approx. 11 mi 2 ) of
which 28.4 km 2  (approx. 11 mi 2 ) are land
Height : 147 m
Postcodes : 91006, 91007
Area code : +1 626
FIPS : 06-02462
GNIS ID : 1652664
Website :
Mayor : Sho Tay

Arcadia is a city in Los Angeles County in the US state of California . The urban area has a size of 28.8 km². The famous Route 66 runs through the city. In Arcadia there is the important horse racing track Santa Anita Park .

Location and geology

Arcadia is located in the San Gabriel Valley and is bordered by Angeles Crest , East Pasadena , East San Gabriel , El Monte , Irwindale , Mayflower Village , Monrovia , North El Monte , Pasadena , Sierra Madre, and Temple City .

By Arcadia leading Raymond rejection (English: Raymond fault ), an active earthquake column.


The area around what is now the Los Angeles County Arboretum in Arcadia was known by the Tongva as Aleupkigna ("place of many waters") . Artesian springs occur in the area . Later the area of ​​what is now Arcadia became part of the Santa Anita Ranch, part of the San Gabrial Mission area.

The Queen Anne style manor house.

Arcadia is founded by Elias Jackson Baldwin , after whom the Baldwin Hills are named. Baldwin got rich from property speculation in San Francisco and bought part of Rancho Santa Anita . When the railroad was being built across his land, he built a Queen Anne style estate, selling plots of land. To add value to the land, he built the luxurious Oakwood Hotel and the Santa Anita Racecourse. The Los Angeles County Arboretum would later develop from the estate on what is now Baldwin Lake .

In 1903 Arcadia was recognized as a separate village (incorpareted) Baldwin had enforced the incorporation in order to be able to legally sell alcohol in the independent community of Arcadia. In 1909 Baldwin died and after his death the racetrack was closed by the city fathers and the distribution of alcohol was banned. The economy of Arcadia was mainly characterized by agriculture.

1931 elevated to the rank of Charter City .

After a temporary ban on horse racing in California was lifted, the Santa Anita Park racecourse was reopened in 1934 .

Santa Anita Detention Center on the grounds of the 1942 race track.

From March 1942, the racetrack grounds served as the largest collection camp in the USA as part of the internment of Americans of Japanese origin. 19,000 Japanese-Americans were interned here before they were finally transported to internment camps . Violent unrest broke out in the camp in August 1942, and it was closed in November 1942.

In the post-war period until the 1960s , there was a considerable surge in growth. The population grew from 15,523 to 28,722 between 1946 and 1952 and to 41,005 by 1960.

Demographic data

According to the 2010 census, the 56,364 inhabitants were distributed over 19,592 households. The population density was 1984.6 inh / km². 32.3% described themselves as white , 1.2% as African-American , 0.3% as Indian , 59.2% as Asian Americans , 4.2% said they belonged to another ethnic group and 2.8% to several ethnic groups on. 12.1% of the population were Hispanics or Latinos . The largest group by country of origin are Chinese (44.4%). Because of the relatively high proportion of residents of Asian descent, Arcadia is known as "Chinese Beverly Hills". In 1980, only 2.7% of Arcadia's residents were from Asia. The significant increase in the proportion of the population that originates from Asia is due to a trend observed in Southern California towards the settlement of Asians in suburbs ("suburbs").

In 2010 children under the age of 18 and 33% of all households lived in 37.4% of all households with persons at least 65 years of age. 76.6% of households were family households (consisting of married couples with or without offspring or a parent with offspring). The average household size was 2.83 people and the average family size was 3.26 people.

24% of the population were younger than 20 years old, 20.9% were 20 to 39 years old, 32.6% were 40 to 59 years old, and 22.4% were 60 years or older. The mean age was 43.1 years. 47.7% of the population were male and 52.3% were female.

The median annual income was $ 77,024, with 9.1% of the population living below the poverty line.


Interstate 210 ("Foothills Freeway") runs through Arcadia from east to west , and the place can be reached via exit 33.

Gold Line stop in Arcadia.

Arcadia is the gold line of the railway system of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority ( Los Angeles Metro Rail linked) and thus directly to Los Angeles connected. There are three hundred parking spaces and spaces for bicycles available at the Arcadia stop. It is possible to charge electric vehicles for free.

Local public transport is guaranteed by the Foothill Transit bus system .


Fountain in the Los Angeles County Arboretum.

Arcadia is home to the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanical Gardens .

sons and daughters of the town

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Arcadia in the "Mapping LA" project of the Los Angeles Times
  2. This earthquake fault in northeast LA and Pasadena isn't well known, but experts say it poses dangers , Los Angeles Times, June 20, 2017.
  3. a b History of the Arboretum on the Arboretum homepage.
  4. a b c d Scott Garner, Neighborhood Spotlight: Arcadia's historic, scenic racetrack gives it a leg up , Los Angeles Times, November 3, 2017.
  5. a b About Arcadia on the Arcadia website
  6. Alison Bell, Santa Anita racetrack played a role in WWII internment , Los Angeles Times November 8, 2009.
  7. ^ The Forgotten History of the Santa Anita Assembly Center Riots during Japanese Internment US History Scene .
  8. History Arcadia on the homepage of Arcadia Histotorical Society
  9. Arcadia on the project Mapping LA the Los Angeles Times .
  10. a b U.S. Census Bureau: American FactFinder - Results. Retrieved August 9, 2018 .
  11. How Arcadia is remaking itself as a magnet for Chinese money , Los Angeles Times December 3, 2014.
  12. Merlin Chowkwanyun / Jordan Segall, The Rise of the Majority-Asian Suburb , Citylab, August 24, 2014.
  14. ^ Gold Line on the Metro homepage
  16. Foothills Transit on the homepage of the Arcadia Chamber if Commerce.
  17. ^ Homepage of the arboretum

Web links

Commons : Arcadia  - album with pictures, videos and audio files