South El Monte, California

About South El Monte, California

South El Monte, California, is a city in Los Angeles County that lies in the San Gabriel Valley, east of the city of Los Angeles. In recent years, the city has seen significant growth, with several new developments and businesses opening.


The city has a long history, dating back to the 1800s when it was a small Mexican village. It was the place where the Shoshone Native people would gather water. 

Its history as an American state began when settlers, The Thompson Party, arrived looking for gold. 

South El Monte is also home to a number of cultural and historical sites, including the South El Monte Arts Posse, which celebrates the city’s past. The city is known for its close-knit community and its diverse population.


source: US Census data


Notable People

The rich history of South El Monte has only produced one notable person that is proud to call South El Monte their hometown. Most of the notable people from the area claim El Monte. 


  • Gloria Olmos (mayor)

Points of Interest

Whittier Narrows Nature Center

Located at 1000 Durfee Ave, South El Monte, CA 91733, this 400-acre woodland sanctuary has four lakes, and visitors can do activities like: hikes, walks, seasonal special events, and nature day camps.

Whittier Narrows Recreation Area

Located at 750 S Santa Anita Ave, South El Monte, CA 91733, this 1,492-acre park is one of Los Angeles County’s largest and most popular recreation areas. 

The American Military Museum

Located at 1918 Rosemead Blvd, South El Monte, CA 91733, the American Military Museum is also known as Tankland. It is open Friday through Sunday, 10 am to 4:30 pm, and has over 150 vehicles from World War I to Desert Storm.

LA Clays Shooting Sports Park

Located at 831 Rosemead Blvd, South El Monte, CA 91733, visitors can visit this full-service shooting range Tuesday through Friday, 10 am to 4 pm and 9 am to 5 pm on the weekends.

Fun Facts

  • South El Monte is home to the South El Monte Arts Posse (SEMAP) is a community-based arts organization that promotes and supports local artists and the arts in the city.
  • The city encompasses 2.8 square miles, almost all of it land. 
  • South El Monte has restaurants, coffee shops, and parks.
  • South El Monte High School is home to the San Gabriel campus of the part-time Japanese school Asahi Gakuen.
  • There are over 2400 businesses in the city.


How Big is South El Monte?

With a population of 3,900 when it became a city in 1958, South El Monte is currently home to more than 20,000 people, with a daytime population of over 44,000 as workers from different business sectors pour into the city limits every morning.

Is South El Monte a nice area?

South El Monte has a low crime rate and is a safe city. In addition, South El Monte has a wonderful public school and an amiable atmosphere in neighborhood parks with easy access to jobs in the area.

What county is South El Monte, CA?

South El Monte is located in Los Angeles County.

How many square miles is South El Monte?

South El Monte is 2.85 square miles.

How diverse is South El Monte?

South El Monte was ranked 401 out of 524 suburbs in terms of diversity.