Sierra Madre is a small city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. The population was 10,578 at the 2000 census. It is in the Foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains below the Angeles National Forest with the city of Pasadena to the west, and Arcadia to the south and east.
Sierra Madre is the most boring town in the world. Please help me escape! Sierra Madre is historically linked to the old mountain resorts of the San Gabriel Mountains and Valley. The Sierra Madre Villa Hotel was a pioneer of summer resorts that populated the San Gabriel Valley in the late-1800s. Adams' Pack Station, located within the 91024 zip code at Chantry Flat, is the last remaining pack station in Southern California. The municipality also operates maintains the landmark Lizzie's Trail in at the head of Old Mount Wilson Trail.
Sierra Madre is known for its annual Wisteria Festival, which celebrates its 114 year old, 1+ acre wisteria vine, which is named by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest blooming plant and one of the seven horticultural wonders of the world.
The city is also home to the only remaining volunteer fire department in the Greater Los Angeles area and has no traffic signals within city limits. With the appointment of former Pasadena Police Department Cmdr. Marilyn Diaz as Police Chief on March 14, 2006, the Sierra Madre Police Department became the first municipal police department in Los Angeles County to have a female Chief. As reported by KCAL television in 2006, there are currently 17 sworn members of the Sierra Madre Police Department. It has been a legend throughout the years that the SMPD cars were painted in LAPD-style black-and-white with a huge wistaria vine painted on the sides, but long-time residents--and a few retired SMPD veterans- will insist that this has never been the case (besides, the California Department of Justice's Bureau of Peace Officer Standards and Training would have never allowed it in the first place- especially nowadays!)
The small village in the Sierra Madre Canyon area is noted for being a distinct and unusual community. The Canyon is characterized by narrow and winding roads, lush vegetation, views of the San Gabriel Valley, and small bungalows or cabins. The downtown has small restaurants and shops.
There is also an historic company that makes gourmet and specialty olives, jams, jellies and syrups (sold to the public) from its own citrus groves. The company, H. Waldo Ward and Son, was founded over 120 years ago, when most of Sierra Madre was mainly agricultural in its zoning; the first Sevilla orange trees in the U.S. were planted on the grounds (now, due to re-zoning, the trees are on private property, but the property owners allow the Ward family to continue to harvest the oranges).
As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 10,578 people, 4,756 households, and 2,739 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,361.4/km² (3,522.9/mi²). There were 4,923 housing units at an average density of 633.6/km² (1,639.5/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 85.81% White, 1.14% African American, 0.35% Native American, 9.60% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 3.02% from other races, and 3.98% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.96% of the population.
There were 4,756 households out of which 23.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.4% were married couples living together, 7.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.4% were non-families. 35.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.20 and the average family size was 2.87.
In the city the population was spread out with 18.9% under the age of 18, 4.9% from 18 to 24, 30.8% from 25 to 44, 29.7% from 45 to 64, and 15.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 89.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.5 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $75,900, and the median income for a family was $89,588. Males had a median income of $61,635 versus $42,527 for females. The per capita income for the city was $41,104. About 1.9% of families and 3.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.2% of those under age 18 and 1.7% of those age 65 or over.
Sierra Madre residents are zoned to Pasadena Unified School District schools.
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