Discover La Puente

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Community Profile

Welcome to the City of La Puente! Located 20 miles east of downtown Los Angeles in the San Gabriel Valley, the community of La Puente is predominantly residential and home to over 41,200 residents. Freeway access to the City is readily available from the 10 Interstate and 60 Freeway.  Click here for maps of the City.

A Little History

The City was incorporated on August 1, 1956; however, the history of the community extends back much further. The City’s name "La Puente" means the bridge in old Spanish and  refers to an early bridge built across the San Jose Creek by members of the Portola-Serra expedition in 1769, as they surveyed the region for Spain. A modernized version of the bridge can be seen in the City’s colorful seal.

The community of La Puente began in 1841 when European settlers arrived by wagon train from New Mexico and obtained title to the large 48,000 acre Rancho La Puente.

During the 1930's, the area was famous for its fruit and walnut groves. The largest walnut packing plant in the world was located in the City. Today, the suburban community of over 41,200 people is predominately residential (70%), with commercial land use located primarily along major highways and streets. Industrial land use is less than five percent (5%) of the City's 3.5 square mile land area.

Community Information

The City of La Puente is governed by a five member City Council. The City Council holds its regular meetings every second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall.  In-house departments at City Hall include Administration, City Clerk’s Office, Community Development, Recreation Services and Finance.

The City operates various facilities to serve the community.  These include a Community Center, Senior Center, Youth Learning Activity Center and La Puente Park.  There are seventeen schools, two libraries and a health center serving the City's residents.  Click the underlined link for the address and phone numbers of these facilities.

Also, information on the school districts, hospitals and utility companies serving the La Puente Community is available by clicking the link underlined above.


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