San Dimas, California

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San Dimas, California
City Hall (2017)
City Hall (2017)
Location within California and Los Angeles County
Location within California and Los Angeles County
Coordinates: 34°6′10″N 117°48′58″W / 34.10278°N 117.81611°W / 34.10278; -117.81611Coordinates: 34°6′10″N 117°48′58″W / 34.10278°N 117.81611°W / 34.10278; -117.81611
Country United States
State California
County Los Angeles
IncorporatedAugust 4, 1960[1]
 • TypeCity council/city manager[2]
 • MayorEmmett Badar[3]
 • City Council[5]Denis Bertone
John Ebiner
Ryan A. Vienna
Eric Weber
 • City ManagerChris Constantin[4]
 • Total15.43 sq mi (39.96 km2)
 • Land15.04 sq mi (38.95 km2)
 • Water0.39 sq mi (1.01 km2)  2.53%
Elevation955 ft (291 m)
 • Total33,371
 • Estimate 
 • Density2,235.88/sq mi (863.27/km2)
Time zoneUTC-8 (PST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
Area code909[10]
FIPS code06-66070
GNIS feature IDs1652785, 2411784

San Dimas (Spanish for "Saint Dismas")[11] is a city in the San Gabriel Valley of Los Angeles County, California, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 33,371. The city historically took its name from San Dimas Canyon in the San Gabriel Mountains above the northern section of present-day San Dimas.

San Dimas is bordered by the San Gabriel Mountains range to the north, Glendora and Covina to the west, La Verne to its north and east side, Pomona to its south and east side, and Walnut to the southwest.


Rancho San José was granted in 1837 to Californio rancheros Ygnacio Palomares (left) and Ricardo Vejar (right), covering all of modern San Dimas.
San Dimas, 1915

The first known European exploration of the area was in 1774, when Juan Bautista De Anza passed through on the first overland expedition of Las Californias, from New Spain-Mexico towards Monterey Bay. The area was originally developed in 1837 with the Mexican land grant from Governor Juan Bautista Alvarado to Ygnacio Palomares and Ricardo Vejar for the Rancho San Jose, then in Alta California.[12] It later became known as La Cienega Mud Springs, so named because of local mud springs that created a riparian marsh and healing place.[13] Palomares and Vejar conducted sheep and cattle operations on Rancho San Jose, also growing crops for consumption by the residents of the rancho. In the early 1860s, a severe drought decimated the ranch's population of sheep and cattle. Ygnacio Palomares died in 1864, and his widow began selling the ranch land in 1865. Vejar lost his share by foreclosure to two Los Angeles merchants, Isaac Schlesinger and Hyman Tischler, in 1864. In 1866, Schlesinger and Tischler sold the ranch to Louis Phillips.[14]

The arrival of the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley Railroad in 1887, later purchased by Santa Fe Railroad, led to La Cienega Mud Springs being first mapped.[15][16] The ensuing land boom resulted in the formation of the San Jose Ranch Company, which first laid out streets. Small businesses began to open soon thereafter, and the city took on a new name: San Dimas. Growth was rapid, and San Dimas soon became an agricultural community. Wheat and other Midwestern United States crops were planted first; then orange and lemon groves covered the town and the San Gabriel Valley. At one time, four citrus packing houses and a marmalade factory were located in San Dimas. The Sunkist name originated here, first spelled "Sunkissed."[11] Oranges were the major crop and business in San Dimas until the mid-20th century.

San Dimas incorporated as a city in 1960, and is now known for its Western art, small-town feel, and equestrian qualities.[17][18] In the 1990s, San Dimas was also host to the Miss Rodeo California State Pageant,[19] run by A. F. "Shorty" Feldbush and various other city volunteers. The week-long pageant was held in conjunction with the city's Western Days and Rodeo, until the pageant moved to its new home in central California.

In 1971, the San Dimas Golf Course was purchased. In 1972, San Dimas Community Hospital opened its 92-bed facility. In 1981, the San Dimas Swim and Racquet Club was built next to San Dimas High School, according to the San Dimas Historical Society.


San Dimas is a suburb of Los Angeles County nestled along the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, about 28 miles (45 km) east/northeast of downtown Los Angeles and north of the Pacific Ocean. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 15.4 sq mi, of which 0.39 sq mi (1.0 km2) is covered by water. Cinnamon Creek crosses the city, roughly parallel to the Arrow Highway, before reaching Cinnamon Falls near San Dimas Avenue.

San Dimas runs along and southward from historic U.S. Route 66, another part of its development in the earlier 20th century. Other major arteries include Arrow Highway (east–west) and San Dimas Avenue (north–south). The Foothill Freeway (I-210) connects the city to Pasadena and the San Fernando Valley, with California State Route 57 connecting to Orange County and the beaches.


This region experiences hot and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F (22.0 °C). According to the Köppen climate classification, San Dimas has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, Csb on climate maps.[20]


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)33,621[8]0.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[21]

2010 census[edit]

The 2010 United States Census[22] reported that San Dimas had a population of 33,371. The population density was 2,163.1 people per square mile (835.2/km2). The racial makeup of San Dimas was 24,038 (72.0%) White with 52.3% being non-Hispanic white,[23] 1,084 (3.2%) African American, 233 (0.7%) Native American, 3,496 (10.5%) Asian, 48 (0.1%) Pacific Islander, 2,828 (8.5%) from other races, and 1,644 (4.9%) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 10,491 persons (31.4%).

The census reported that 32,831 people (98.4% of the population) lived in households, 320 (1.0%) lived in noninstitutionalized group quarters, and 220 (0.7%) were institutionalized.

Of the 12,030 households, 32.2% had children under the age of 18 living in them, 54.9% were opposite-sex married couples living together, 12.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.1% had a male householder with no wife present, 4.5% were unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 91 (0.8%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. About 22.2% were made up of individuals, and 10.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73. Families comprised 72.1% of all households; the average family size was 3.19.

The population was distributed as 20.9% under the age of 18, 9.8% aged 18 to 24, 22.6% aged 25 to 44, 31.1% aged 45 to 64, and 15.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42.6 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.8 males.

Of the 12,506 housing units, at an average density of 810.6 per square mile (313.0/km2), 72.8% were owner-occupied, and 3,273 (27.2%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.1%; the rental vacancy rate was 5.6%. About 73.4% of the population lived in owner-occupied housing units and 25.0% lived in rental housing units.

According to the 2010 United States Census, San Dimas had a median household income of $78,685, with 6.6% of the population living below the federal poverty line.[23]

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[24] of 2000, 34,980 people, 12,163 households, and 8,988 families were residing in the city. The population density was 2,255.7 people/sq mi (870.8/km2). The 12,503 housing units averaged 806.3/sq mi (311.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 74.66% White, 3.30% African American, 0.69% Native American, 9.39% Asian, 0.21% Pacific Islander, 7.34% from other races, and 4.39% from two or more races. About 23.34% of the population were Hispanics or Latinos of any race.

Of the 12,163 households, 35.5% had children under 18 living with them, 57.7% were married couples living together, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.1% were not families. About 21.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.7% had someone living alone who was 65 or older. The average household size was 2.78, and the average family size was 3.23.

In the city, the age distribution was 25.5% under 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 25.5% from 45 to 64, and 11.9% who were 65 or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $62,885, and for a family was $72,124. Males had a median income of $53,009 versus $36,057 for females. The per capita income for the city was $28,321. 6.3% of the population and 3.6% of families were below the poverty line. Of the total population, 5.9% of those under the age of 18 and 11.5% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

Economy and culture[edit]

San Dimas is home to:


In the California State Legislature, San Dimas is in the 25th Senate District, represented by Democrat Anthony Portantino, and in the 41st Assembly District, represented by Democrat Chris Holden.[30]

In the United States House of Representatives, San Dimas is in California's 32nd congressional district, represented by Democrat Grace Napolitano.[31]


The majority of the city lies within the Bonita Unified School District and students attend San Dimas High School. Students living in the Via Verde neighborhood south of Puente Ave and along San Dimas Ave. attend South Hills High School in the Covina-Valley Unified School District.[32] Small numbers of students attend school in Charter Oak Unified School District. The city is also home to Life Pacific College, which is affiliated with the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees.[33]



A future extension of the Metro L Line, from its current terminus in Azusa to the City of Montclair in San Bernardino County, will include a station in downtown San Dimas. The station is not expected to be in service until 2026.[34] When it opens, the rail line will be renamed the A Line per Metro's new naming convention, and it will connect with the former Blue Line via the new Regional Connector in downtown Los Angeles.[35][36]

Law enforcement[edit]

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department provides law enforcement services for the city of San Dimas, and operates the San Dimas Station. [37]

Fire department[edit]

The Los Angeles County Fire Department provides fire protection services for the city of San Dimas. [38]

Health care[edit]

The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services operates the Pomona Health Center in Pomona, serving most of San Dimas.[39] Some portions of San Dimas are served by the Monrovia Health Center in Monrovia.[40]

Notable people[edit]

The following individuals are either notable current or former residents of San Dimas (R), were born or raised in San Dimas in their early years (B), or otherwise have a significant connection to the history of the San Dimas area (C).

See also[edit]


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