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Gateway Cities Census Data

Santa Fe Springs



Description: Dr. H.E. Fulton discovered sulfur springs on his property and founded Fulton Sulfur Springs and Health Resort in 1874. Santa Fe Springs was still a quiet farming community at that time. The first oil well was drilled in 1921, leading to an oil boom that by 1923 established Santa Fe Springs as the state’s largest oil producer.

The name originated after the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway came to town. Its name on the depot worked in both the “Santa Fe” portion of the railroad’s name and the “springs” from the health resort. The city was incorporated in 1957.Today, nearly 90 percent of the city is zoned for commercial and industrial use. Approximately 3,500 businesses are based there; an estimated 80 percent of them have been there for more than 15 years. The city’s many offerings include Heritage Park, a beautifully landscaped reconstructed ranch estate from the late 1800s.

While oil derricks are no longer silhouetted against the skyline and oil production has declined, business parks have moved in. The high per capita assessed valuation has enabled the city to provide many services to residents as well as to industries. The city is pro-business and, over the last decade, has grown into one of the key industrial cities of Southern California. Part of the reason for this is its location in the busy “southwest corridor,”midway between the center of Los Angeles and Orange counties. Not only has this attracted manufacturing, sales and warehouse operations, it also presents ideal conditions for presents related trucking and shipping.

(city description courtesy of Press Telegram 2006 Almanac)

  1990 2000 2010
Population 15,520 17,438 16,223
Percent of Los Angeles County Population 0.18% 0.18% 0.17%
Median Age   33.1 35.3
Number of Households 4,656 4,834 4,747
Unemployment Rate 8.63% 6.84% 10.60%
Average Household Income (in 2010 dollars)   $68,743 $62,478
Median Household Income (in 2010 dollars) $58,581 $58,297 $54,252



Santa Fe Springs Educational Attainment Graph


Santa Fe Springs Annual Household Income Graph


Santa Fe Springs Population by Race & Ethnicity 1990


Santa Fe Springs Population by Race & Ethnicity 2000


Santa Fe Springs Population by Race & Ethnicity 2010