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Paramount, California

Coordinates: 33°54′0″N 118°10′0″W / 33.90000°N 118.16667°W / 33.90000; -118.16667
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Paramount, California
Location of Paramount in Los Angeles County, California
Location of Paramount in Los Angeles County, California
Paramount, California is located in the United States
Paramount, California
Paramount, California
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 33°54′0″N 118°10′0″W / 33.90000°N 118.16667°W / 33.90000; -118.16667
Country United States
State California
CountyLos Angeles
IncorporatedJanuary 30, 1957[1]
 • MayorAnnette C. Delgadillo
 • Vice MayorPeggy Lemons
 • City councilIsabel Aguayo
Brenda Olmos
Vilma Cuellar Stallings
 • City ManagerJohn Moreno
 • Total4.84 sq mi (12.54 km2)
 • Land4.73 sq mi (12.25 km2)
 • Water0.11 sq mi (0.29 km2)  2.28%
69 ft (21 m)
 • Total54,098
 • Estimate 
 • Density11,406.98/sq mi (4,404.16/km2)
Time zoneUTC−8 (Pacific)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−7 (PDT)
ZIP code
Area code562[5]
FIPS code06-55618
GNIS feature ID1652771

Paramount is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. According to the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 54,098, down from 55,266 at the 2000 census. Paramount is part of the Greater Los Angeles Area and is bordered by Compton and Lynwood to the west, South Gate and Downey to the north, Bellflower to the east and south, and Long Beach to the south.


According to the United States Census Bureau, Paramount has a total area of 4.8 square miles (12 km2), of which 4.7 square miles (12 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (2.28%) is water.


Manuel Domínguez, a signer of the Californian Constitution and owner of Rancho San Pedro, which covered most of modern-day Paramount.
School building in Paramount (then Clearwater) c. 1899

While the Paramount economy was based largely on the hay and dairy industries, the high cost of land led to their local demise. The last Paramount dairy closed in 1977.[6]


Historical population
2019 (est.)53,955[3]−0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]


At the 2010 census Paramount had a population of 54,098. The population density was 11,177.1 inhabitants per square mile (4,315.5/km2). The racial makeup of Paramount was 22,988 (42.5%) White (5.6% Non-Hispanic White), 6,334 (11.7%) African American, 440 (0.8%) Native American, 1,629 (3.0%) Asian, 419 (0.8%) Pacific Islander, 20,023 (37.0%) from other races, and 2,265 (4.2%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 42,547 persons (78.6%).[8]

The census reported that 53,788 people (99.4% of the population) lived in households, 27 (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 283 (0.5%) were institutionalized.

There were 13,881 households, 7,999 (57.6%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 6,919 (49.8%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 3,104 (22.4%) had a female householder with no husband present, 1,328 (9.6%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 1,153 (8.3%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 105 (0.8%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 1,904 households (13.7%) were one person and 558 (4.0%) had someone living alone who was 65 or older. The average household size was 3.87. There were 11,351 families (81.8% of households); the average family size was 4.22.

The age distribution was 17,630 people (32.6%) under the age of 18, 6,360 people (11.8%) aged 18 to 24, 16,271 people (30.1%) aged 25 to 44, 10,421 people (19.3%) aged 45 to 64, and 3,416 people (6.3%) who were 65 or older. The median age was 28.6 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.9 males.

There were 14,571 housing units at an average density of 3,010.5 per square mile, of the occupied units 6,024 (43.4%) were owner-occupied and 7,857 (56.6%) were rented. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.8%; the rental vacancy rate was 4.8%. 23,759 people (43.9% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 30,029 people (55.5%) lived in rental housing units.

According to the 2010 United States Census, Paramount had a median household income of $44,934, with 22.1% of the population living below the federal poverty line.[9]


At the 2000 census there were 55,266 people in 13,972 households, including 11,331 families, in the city. The population density was 11,678.3 inhabitants per square mile (4,509.0/km2). There were 14,591 housing units at an average density of 3,083.2 per square mile (1,190.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 34.70% White, 13.59% African American, 1.06% Native American, 3.35% Asian, 0.84% Pacific Islander, 41.69% from other races, and 4.78% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 72.28%.[10]

Of the 13,972 households 55.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.3% were married couples living together, 21.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.9% were non-families. 14.6% of households were one person and 4.6% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 3.93 and the average family size was 4.31.

The age distribution was 36.9% under the age of 18, 12.0% from 18 to 24, 31.9% from 25 to 44, 14.0% from 45 to 64, and 5.2% 65 or older. The median age was 26 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.3 males.

The median household income was $36,749 and the median family income was $37,276. Males had a median income of $27,730 versus $22,472 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,487. About 19.1% of families and 21.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.5% of those under age 18 and 10.5% of those age 65 or over.

According to the 2000 census, Mexican (60.1%) and Filipino (1.5%) were the most common ancestries in the city. Mexico (80.9%) and Guatemala (4.0%) were the most common foreign places of birth.[11]

Government and infrastructure[edit]

Public services[edit]

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department operates the Lakewood Station in Lakewood, serving Paramount.[12] The department operates the Paramount Substation within Paramount.[13]

The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services operates the South Health Center in Watts, Los Angeles, serving Paramount.[14]

The United States Postal Service Paramount Beach Post Office is located at 7200 Somerset Boulevard.[15]

State and federal representation[edit]

In the California State Legislature, Paramount is in the 33rd Senate District, represented by Democrat Lena Gonzalez, and in the 62nd Assembly District, represented by Democrat Anthony Rendon.[16]

In the United States House of Representatives, Paramount is in California's 40th congressional district, represented by Republican Young Kim.[17]


Paramount has a large community of Mexicans originally from the state of Sinaloa[18][19][20] reflected in the many restaurants selling Mexican food "estilo sinaloense" meaning "Sinaloan style."[21][22][23] The city has been described as a "second Sinaloa."[24][25]


The Century Freeway (Interstate 105) passes east–west through the northern portion of Paramount, the Long Beach Freeway (Interstate 710) follows north–south along the city's western border, and the Artesia Freeway (State Route 91) runs east–west less than a one-half-mile from the southern Paramount city limits.

Paramount is served by bus service from Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and Long Beach Transit. The city also operates Easy Rider Shuttle [1], a fixed-route local bus.


The Paramount Unified School District includes schools in Paramount, as well as a few in surrounding cities.

The schools located within Paramount are Paramount High School-senior and west campus, Alondra, Lincoln, Wirtz, Jefferson, Mokler, Zamboni, Los Cerritos, Gaines, Jackson, Hollydale, Tanner, Roosevelt, and Paramount Park. Schools that are run by the Paramount Unified School District, but are located in Lakewood include Buena Vista Continuation High School, Odyssey STEM Academy, and Lakewood School. Collins school is also run by PUSD but is located in Long Beach.

Our Lady of the Rosary Private Catholic School is one of several private schools located in Paramount.[26]

Renovations to the high school started at the end of 2007-08 school year. It was a four-phased endeavor that would improve the athletics field, development of a field house, expansion of the gymnasium and finally improvement to the west campus.[27]


The County of Los Angeles Public Library operates the Paramount Library.[28]

Sites and attractions[edit]

A Zamboni ice resurfacer lays down a layer of clean water, which will freeze to form a smooth ice surface.

The Paramount Hay Tree is a California State Historical Landmark. It is a still standing mature camphor tree remembered for its importance to the hay trading marketplace of the towns of Hynes and Clearwater, which later incorporated as Paramount. The hay traders met under the tree each working day to discuss the price of hay. Their numbers were quoted by the New York mercantile markets as the global hay standard.

Paramount is also home of the Zamboni Company. Frank Joseph Zamboni Jr. is the inventor of the ice resurfacing machine. Zamboni & Co. began and is still headquartered in Paramount. Zamboni manufactures and sells the machines worldwide. Since 1939 the Zamboni family has also operated Iceland, an ice skating rink with improvements patented by Frank Zamboni.

The city also gives its name to a packaging firm called Paramount Global, which was founded here in 1976.[29]

Sister city[edit]

Paramount has one sister city:


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