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Gateway Cities Census Data

La Mirada



Description: Although the City of La Mirada traces its beginnings to a large Spanish land grant, the exact area that is now La Mirada was purchased in 1895 by Andrew McNally, president of Rand McNally and Co., of atlas fame. It was McNally who gave the area its name of La Mirada which, loosely translated from Spanish, is “The View.”

William Neff, McNally’s grandson, whose house remains as the central part of Neff Park, continued to run the property as an olive and citrus ranch, finally selling the 2,200-acre property to a developer for $4.5 million in the early 1950s. The city was incorporated in 1959 under the name of Mirada Hills. In November 1960, the name was changed to La Mirada.

Today, the city operates one of the finest networks of park facilities and recreational services in Southern California.An emphasis on civic beautification is evident in the gracefully landscaped streets and greenbelts. Well-maintained areas, fine schools, churches of all faiths, and well-located business centers are completely separate from the flourishing industrial complex.

(city description courtesy of Press Telegram 2006 Almanac)

  1990 2000 2010
Population 40,452 46,783 48,527
Percent of Los Angeles County Population 0.46% 0.49% 0.49%
Median Age   35.4 37.9
Number of Households 12,731 14,580 14,681
Unemployment Rate 4.58% 5.48% 7.80%
Average Household Income (in 2010 dollars)   $92,962 $90,928
Median Household Income (in 2010 dollars) $82,902 $80,668 $79,347



La Mirada Educational Attainment Graph


La Mirada Annual Household Income Graph


La Mirada Population by Race & Ethnicity 1990


La Mirada Population by Race & Ethnicity 2000


La Mirada Population by Race & Ethnicity 2010