The City of Monterey Park is 7.73 square miles in size and located in the San Gabriel Valley, just east of Los Angeles. Incorporated on May 29, 1916, it is a city that combines almost a century of history and tradition with a modern approach to business, neighborhoods, people, and community.
Monterey Park is conveniently located adjacent to three major freeways that provide north-south and east-west access to all of Southern California, bounded on the west by the Long Beach Freeway (710), on the north by the San Bernardino Freeway (Interstate 10), and the south by the Pomona Freeway (State Highway 60).
Due to its central location and proximity to downtown Los Angeles, Monterey Park is well served by public rail and bus transit lines, providing residents and employees with many alternative ways to traveling to work, shopping, and home.
Striving to blend residence and commerce, Monterey Park maintains 60% of its space for residential living, 12% for industrial, 10% for commercial and retail use and 18% for schooling and recreational facilities. Major businesses include auto sales, banking, medical, education, and food service.
Monterey Park is a city with a rich mix of people of many backgrounds. As one of the most diverse and community-oriented cities in the area, the city hosts numerous cultural, educational, and festive programs, such as a weekly farmers market, MPK Night Market, Cherry Blossom Festival, Lunar New Year festival, Cinco de Mayo, Play Days (city's birthday), 4th of July celebration, trips to the Hollywood Bowl and the LAMP library literacy program to provide English-as-a-second language assistance.