Alhambra, CA: Livability Top 100 Best Places to Live 2014

By Carol Cowan on October 15, 2013 at 11:02 pm EST
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The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. named Alhambra the most business-friendly city in Los Angeles County in 2010. Its diverse population, safe neighborhoods, high-ranking schools and plenty of places to play make it family friendly, too.

Alhambra is known as the Gateway to the San Gabriel Valley. The valley as a whole is among the most racially and ethnically diverse regions in the country, and Alhambra embodies that diversity in its population, business community and cuisine.

An international restaurant row stretches along Main Street, while Valley Boulevard is home to a vibrant Asian business district that includes Chinese markets, restaurants, banks and doctors’ offices. A number of Asian banks locate their U.S. headquarters here. About 25,000 people attend the city’s lavish annual Lunar New Year festival, which takes place on Valley Boulevard.

Situated just eight miles from downtown Los Angeles, Alhambra was originally founded as a suburb of L.A. Its early development centered around homes that showcased a variety of architectural styles. Many historic homes still stand, and single-family homes built between 1920 and 1960 lend the city a charming, vintage vibe that attracts young families.

So do its award-winning schools. Alhambra’s 13 public schools have received Title I Academic Achievement awards. A roster of 15 private schools includes the all-girls Ramona Convent Secondary School – recipient of a U.S. Secretary of Education Blue Ribbon Award. Several colleges also call Alhambra home including a division of University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine.

When it comes to urban living, Alhambra has a lot to offer. With six parks, a top-notch public golf course, tennis and volleyball courts, and a year-round sunny climate in which to use them, Alhambra residents enjoy plenty of opportunities for leisure activities. Lots of festivals, a lively club scene, movie theaters and performing arts keep the city hopping after dark.

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