Located just east of Downtown Los Angeles, the San Gabriel Valley offers an outstanding quality of life and great business environment.
The 31 cities and five large unincorporated communities of the San Gabriel Valley cover an area of 400 square miles with almost 1.8 million residents. This dynamic region offers a variety of lifestyles and business opportunities.
From the smaller foothill communities and historic places such as the City of San Gabriel with its centuries old mission, to its bigger cities such as Pasadena, the San Gabriel Valley offers some of the best of Southern California. In a great example of L.A. County’s diversity, unincorporated Altadena has wonderful ethnic diversity, with residents ranging from rocket scientists and entertainment industry professionals to trade workers and horse-riding enthusiasts.
The San Gabriel Valley is home to leading educational institutions including the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly). The list also includes the University of La Verne, Azusa Pacific University, the Claremont Colleges, Art Center College of Design, and three outstanding community colleges.
Leading research facilities include NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the City of Hope Medical Center. Cultural icons such as the Rose Bowl and its annual New Year’s celebration in Pasadena, the Huntington Library and Gardens in San Marino, Arcadia’s Arboretum, and La Cañada’s Descanso Gardens are also located in the San Gabriel Valley.
Many popular sports and entertainment complexes are found in the San Gabriel Valley including Arcadia’s Santa Anita Park (horse racing), the Fairplex in Pomona, and the Speedway at Irwindale.
These outstanding assets have attracted top executives, dedicated professionals, adventurous entrepreneurs, and a strong workforce who are ready to contribute to the growth of the local economy.
Local Government & Business
International trade, particularly with the Pacific Rim, has become a vital aspect of the local economy. Substantial foreign investments in the area and a growing Asian population have spurred an influx of entrepreneurial spirit and working capital.
With seven freeways and two major rail lines, the San Gabriel Valley is well connected to all of Southern California, including the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Key interstate connections give it ready access to the entire Western U.S. and beyond.
The San Gabriel Valley together with the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership, as well as the L.A. County Supervisors and their respective staff members, welcomes new businesses and works hard to help existing firms expand and succeed. While all business sectors are well represented, a few segments stand out such as professional services, education, health care, technology, tourism, and manufacturing.
Quality of Life
Two Metrolink commuter rail lines connect the communities of the San Gabriel Valley with the rest of Southern California and have led to the creation of new transit-oriented developments that provide a vibrant lifestyle in compact, walkable communities.
Housing choices in the San Gabriel Valley range from quaint bungalows and rustic cabins in the foothills and mountains to suburban subdivisions, palatial estates, and trendy townhomes.
The area’s ethnic diversity is a key strength with residents representing every aspect of a modern global community. It is a safe, high-quality environment in which to live, work, and raise a family.
- Alhambra – 2010 Winner LAEDC Most Business-Friendly City in L.A. County
- Arcadia – 2017 Winner LAEDC Most Business-Friendly City in L.A. County
- Azusa – 2010 LAEDC Most Business-Friendly City finalist
- Baldwin Park – 2012 LAEDC Most Business-Friendly City finalist
- Diamond Bar
- Duarte – 2012 Winner LAEDC Most Business-Friendly City; 2010 and 2011 LAEDC Most Business-Friendly City finalist
- El Monte
- Glendora – 2015 Winner LAEDC Most Business-Friendly City
- La Canada Flintridge
- La Puente
- La Verne
- Monrovia – 2011 LAEDC Most Business-Friendly City winner
- Monterey Park
- Pasadena – 2008 LAEDC Most Business-Friendly City finalist
- San Dimas
- San Gabriel
- San Marino
- Sierra Madre
- South El Monte
- South Pasadena
- Temple City
- West Covina – 2010 and 2011 LAEDC Most Business-Friendly City finalist
Why San Gabriel Valley
- Major industries such as education, health care, manufacturing, tourism, and technology thrive in the San Gabriel Valley
- Caltech, one of the nation’s top research universities, is located in the City of Pasadena
- International trade is fueled by a growing Asian population in the area
- Much of the Valley’s success is due to its pro-business attitude and strong relationships between business, government, and education