The City of La Puente is approximately 3.48 square miles and is home to approximately 40,000 people. It is primarily a residential community with multiple types of businesses. The City's rural community is preserved by a well defined general plan.
The City of La Puente is a general municipal city incorporated on August 1, 1956. It is governed by the city council/city manager form of government. A five-member city council is elected by the residents, and a mayor is elected annually by the council to serve a twelve-month term. A city manager is appointed by the council to oversee the daily activities of the city.
Under the direction of the City Manager, the Administrative Services Department is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day administrative and financial activities of the City. Specifically, the finance, human resources, risk management, public information, and public safety functions all fall under the Administrative Services Department. Also under the direction of the City Manager, the Development Services Department encompasses building and planning as well as public works and engineering, the Recreation Department oversees parks and recreation.
The City operates various facilities to serve the community. These include a City Hall, Community Center, Senior Center, Youth Learning Activity Center, La Puente Park, and Puente Creek Nature Education Center Park. There are seventeen schools, two libraries, and a health center serving the City's residents.