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Gateway Cities Census Data




Description: In 1869,Atwood Sproul, on behalf of his brother, Gilbert, purchased 463 acres of land at $11 an acre in an area known as Corazon de los Valles ( “Heart of the Valleys”) the site of modern-day Norwalk. By 1873, on hearing news of a railroad service coming through the area, the Sprouls deeded 23 acres and stipulated a “passenger stop” clause in the deed.Three days after the Anaheim Branch Railroad crossed the “Northwalk” for the first time, Gilbert Sproul surveyed a town site and, in 1874, the name was recorded officially as Norwalk.

At the turn of the century, Norwalk had become the dairy “Heart of the Valleys.” Of the 50 local families reported in the 1900 census, most were associated with farming or with the dairy industry. Norwalk was also the home of some of the largest sugar beet farms in Southern California. The city was incorporated in 1957. Today, the city is serious about business and offers ready access to transportation by rail and freeway, as well as easy access to Los Angeles International Airport.

One of the safest cities in America, the city also places significant emphasis on community and presents a variety of events, including an annual Halloween festival and “A Night of a Thousand Stars” library fundraising event in May. The city is also home to the Sproul Museum and historical Hargitt House. It is a frequent location for motion pictures and television commercials.

In the business community, the city has numerous national retail chains including Target Stores, Office Depot, Lowes Hardware, Starbucks Coffee, Outback Steakhouse and others. The city has invested more than $200 million in architecturally improved public buildings, major street and highway improvements, the creation of higher development standards and increased public safety programs.

(city description courtesy of Press Telegram 2006 Almanac)

  1990 2000 2010
Population 94,279 103,298 105,549
Percent of Los Angeles County Population 1.06% 1.09% 1.07%
Median Age   29.7 32.5
Number of Households 26,346 26,887 27,130
Unemployment Rate 6.65% 8.30% 13.30%
Average Household Income (in 2010 dollars)   $69,199 $68,845
Median Household Income (in 2010 dollars) $67,042 $60,269 $60,488



Norwalk Educational Attainment Graph


Norwalk Annual Household Income Graph


Norwalk Population by Race & Ethnicity 1990


Norwalk Population by Race & Ethnicity 2000


Norwalk Population by Race & Ethnicity 2010