Monterey Park is a city located in Los Angeles County, California, United States. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 60,051.
With a relatively large Chinese American population, Monterey Park is considered as a "Chinatown" which would be, without signs leading to it, indistinguishable to "American" neighborhoods. However, it has not been called Chinatown as such; instead, the Chinese-dominant business district, around Garfield Avenue and Garvey Avenue, is now called Downtown Monterey Park. Monterey Park was billed "Litle Taipei" in the 1980s or thereabouts.
In the 1970s and 1980s, many Taiwanese immigrants began moving into Monterey Park and Mandarin Chinese was dominant in the city during that time period. By the late 1980s, however, immigrants from Mainland China and Vietnam have moved into Monterey Park as well. In 1990 census this city had the first Asian descent majority population in the United State.
Since early 1990s, the Taiwanese have been no longer dominant in the city and Cantonese Chinese is now widely spoken and heard in most Chinese businesses of Monterey Park. The construction boom of shopping centers has declined. Furthermore, most established, wealthy Taiwanese immigrants have since relocated out of Monterey Park and northward on to wealthier suburbs of San Marino, Arcadia, Temple City, South Pasadena and eastward to Rowland Heights (called the "new Little Taipei" by a local Chinese-language newspaper), Diamond Bar, Hacienda Height, and Walnut with many Chinese-speaking businesses started in those suburbs to accommodate this particular movement. Neverless, there are still countless Chinese-oriented businesses in Montrey Park.
While the multigenerational American-born Latino population generally was declining in Monterey Park, there has been some new incoming of first-generation poor Mexican immigrants.
The Sybil Brand Institute, the county jail for women, was located in the city, but closed in 1994 after the facility had been damaged in the Northridge earthquake.
Web Sites and Links
City of Monterey ParkOfficial site with history, news, departments and city information.
First Fundamental Bible ChurchAn active fundamental Bible church affiliated with the Independent Fundamental Churches of America International.
Monterey Highlands SchoolKindergarted through eighth grad. Includes school calendar, faculty and staff roster and resources.