Maywood is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. In terms of area, Maywood is the third-smallest incorporated city in Los Angeles County, as it is slightly larger than Hawaiian Gardens, the smallest, and Cudahy, the second-smallest. The population was about 29,984 on January 1, 2009, according to the California Department of Finance. About one third of its residents work in the factories at nearby Vernon and Commerce.
The city has a relatively young population and due to this the city government has built a community activity sport building, new park, and new half-sized Olympic swimming pool. A new high school, along with elementary school have also been built. Another new high school is slated to open in 2010 along Walker Ave and Randolph Ave. The city also provides a free WiFi internet system to computer users along Slauson and Atlantic Blvds. to benefit the young people and businesses. The new pool, the Maywood River Park, and the new Maywood Academy High School were built to accommodate the young families of the city.
The city has been at the forefront of illegal immigration debates. The city, 97% of which is Latino, became a sanctuary city causing a backlash from groups like the Minutemen Project.
It is 8 miles (13 km) South East from downtown Los Angeles and is one of cities located in the "South East," a term used to describe several small cities in Southeast LA County including Bell and Huntington Park. When people ask where Maywood is at, they say it is where the 710 and 5 Freeways meet, next to Bell and Commerce.
Maywood has free WiFi internet access along business district of Slauson Ave. and along business district of Atlantic Ave. Netlogix is the provider of service. Free municipal internet access can be viewed with wireless card computer along the commercial business areas of the city. There has been economic development benefits to city by this free internet service and use by young students. The city is the only city in the South East L.A. area with WiFi.
As of the census of 2000, there were 28,083 people, 6,469 households, and 5,699 families residing in the city. The population density was 9,188.9/km² (23,887.2/mi²). It is the most densely populated municipality in California, as well as the most densely populated in the U.S. outside the New York City metropolitan area. There were 6,701 housing units at an average density of 2,192.6/km² (5,699.8/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 42.99% White, 0.36% African American, 1.14% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 50.48% from other races, and 4.53% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 96.33% of the population.
There were 6,469 households out of which 62.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.8% were married couples living together, 16.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 11.9% were non-families. 8.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 4.33 and the average family size was 4.47.
In the city the population was spread out with 37.0% under the age of 18, 13.2% from 18 to 24, 32.6% from 25 to 44, 13.0% from 45 to 64, and 4.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 25 years. For every 100 females there were 104.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.4 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $43,000, and the median income for a family was $40,522. Males had a median income of $43,646 versus $40,397 for females.
The city Council of Maywood is constituted by Veronica Guardado, Mayor, Ana Rosa Rizo, Vice-Mayor, and council members Felipe Aguirre, Sergio Calderon, and Tomas Martin. Fire protection in Maywood is provided by the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The Maywood Police Department provides police services to the city of Maywood. The City of Maywood also provides contract police services to the City of Cudahy. The Maywood police department has developed a reputation for hiring officers that have been terminated from other agencies for professional misconduct or other legal issues.
In the state legislature Maywood is located in the 22nd Senate District, represented by Democrat Gil Cedillo, and in the 46th Assembly District, represented by Democrat Fabian Núñez. Federally, Maywood is located in California's 34th congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of D +23 and is represented by Democrat Lucille Roybal-Allard. Supervisor Gloria Molina represents Maywood and different cities in LA County.
The United States Postal Service Maywood Post Office is located at 4357 Slauson Avenue.
Maywood has two major parks. The existing Maywood Park and the new Maywood River Park. The new River Park is next door to the L.A. River and has handball courts, basketball court, and soccer field. Maywood Park has a baseball field and the Maywood Activity Center, which was opened in 1999. The Activity Center has an indoor basketball court and gymnasium. Several famous baseball players have played at Maywood Park including former MLB player Marvin Benard.
A new half-sized Olympic Swimming Pool is being built at the existing Maywood Park. The 6-lane pool will include a kiddie pool and locker rooms. The pool will be opened by July 2008.
Two small pocket parks were proposed to the city in 2008 to be built in the future in the westside of the city.
The only sports team located in the city is the Maywood Buzz, which features former NBA star Cedric Ceballos. The team plays in the Maywood Activities Center, also known as the M.A.C. They are an ABA (American Basketball Association) team.
The ABA team, the Beijing Aoshen Olympians played their inaugural season at the M.A.C. during the 2005–2006 season. They reached the playoffs, but lost to the SoCal Legends in the Great Eight Tournament in Rochester. After the season, the Olympians relocated, and now play on the campus of Azusa Pacific University.
Maywood is a part of the Los Angeles Unified School District. The city has also joined South Gate, Huntington Park, and Bell in the South East Cities School Coalition to improve the education of the children of the South East. Several council members from each city are part of this group.
Maywood is served by several public elementary schools, including:
Nimitz Middle School in Huntington Park and Bell High School in Bell serve secondary school students. Some portions of Maywood are also zoned to Huntington Park High School. Maywood Academy High School, which opened Fall 2006, is an option for people zoned to Bell High School.