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Location in Los Angeles County
Location in Los Angeles County
Basic data
Foundation : 1800
State : United States
State : California
County : Los Angeles County
Coordinates : 33 ° 56 ′  N , 118 ° 8 ′  W Coordinates: 33 ° 56 ′  N , 118 ° 8 ′  W
Time zone : Pacific ( UTC − 8 / −7 )
Residents : 112,269 (as of 2018)
Population density : 3,486.6 inhabitants per km 2
Area : 32.6 km 2  (approx. 13 mi 2 ) of
which 32.2 km 2  (approx. 12 mi 2 ) are land
Height : 36 m
Postcodes : 90239-90242
Area code : +1 562
FIPS : 06-19766
GNIS ID : 1652698
Website :
Mayor : Luis H. Marquez

Downey is a city in Los Angeles County in the US state of California , United States , with 112,269 inhabitants (as of 2018). The urban area has a size of 32.6 km². The city was founded by then Governor John Gately Downey and named after him.


Before the arrival of the Spaniards, the area was settled by the Tongva Indians. The Spaniards called them the Gabrielino Indians.

In 1784, Governor Pedro Fages left the largest property in California to the former soldier Manuel Nieto (1734–1804). The area of ​​1200 km² extended over the Santa Ana River in the east and the old San Gabriel River in the west.

After the Mexican-American War , many of the Californio ranchos were taken over by wealthy Americans of British descent. These Americans migrated westward under the Manifest Destiny doctrine and married into Californio families.

Downey was founded by John Gately Downey , California Governor during the Civil War . The Southern Pacific Railroad reached the place in 1873. The farmers in the area grew grain, corn, castor beans and fruits until around 1940.

Downey was given town status in 1956. After the Second World War , the farms were replaced by suburban areas and factories. Vultee Aircraft was originally the city's largest employer, then North American Aviation (later North American Rockwell, then Rockwell International , which was sold to Boeing ). This company's factories produced some systems for the Apollo program as well as the space shuttle . Rockwell International closed in 1999.

Downey's two high schools are named after Governors John G. Downey and Earl Warren . Downey is the seat of Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center , which is the main public rehabilitation hospital of Los Angeles County is.


Oldest McDonald's

The oldest still existing McDonald’s restaurant has been located in Downey since 1953 . The first Taco Bell restaurant was opened by Glen Bell in Downey in 1962.

sons and daughters of the town

Individual evidence

  1. US Census Bureau: American FactFinder - Results. Retrieved November 26, 2019 .
  2. ^ Our company: History. In: Taco Bells Official Website. Retrieved November 29, 2009 .