Monterey Park was named because of the hills in the area that were known as Monterey or "King´s Hills" in Spanish. Incorporated in 1916 with a current population of over 60,000, Monterey Park is 7.73 square miles. One of the industries that got their start here was that of Laura Scudder potato chips. Richard Garvey, known as the "father of Monterey Park", was an Irish Pony Express rider and is now the namesake of one of the city´s main thoroughfares.
The landscape of Monterey Park includes hillside homes and businesses that include state-of-the-art prestigious buildings. A culturally diverse city, it enables you to have dining opportunities that include cuisine from the following countries: China, Mexico, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, El Salvador, Hawaii, France, Italy and Vietnam. Monterey Park is in the Alhambra School District and home to East Los Angeles College.
Residents find Monterey Park ideally located close to freeways and a short drive to downtown Los Angeles. Families can enjoy 14 parks and a new library which is open 7 days a week. Large industries include everything from optic data process switching to bio-nanotechnology based molecular analysis and much more.