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  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    D-
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    C
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    C-
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B
South El Monte is a suburb of Los Angeles with a population of 20,727. South El Monte is in Los Angeles County. Living in South El Monte offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In South El Monte there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families live in South El Monte and residents tend to be liberal.
About South El Monte...
Population
20,727

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$428,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,256
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    52%
  • Own
    48%
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South El Monte Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    402.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    4.7
    6.1
  • Rape
    33.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    156.3
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    686.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,482.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    772
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    17%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    3%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    7%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    17%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    29%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    45%
    13%

Working in South El Monte

Jobs
C-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$48,944
National
$55,322
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The rent is expensive however, I do like the fact that it is dog friendly in the neighborhood that I live in. The market is really close but because I live in an Asian household, I have to drive a bit further to buy groceries instead of going to the nearby Food4Less, where most of the things they sell are packaged which clutters up the trashcan really fast. The neighborhood is pretty safe, I'm able to walk my dogs around the block but because I live very close to three schools and three freeways, the traffic can be a problem. El Monte is a pretty low income community full of Latin and Asian families, but mostly Latin from where I live, so its still a bit segregated. Most of the Asian students go to El Monte High School whilst the Latin Americans go to Mountain View High School. The difference in quality of education and funding is noticeable when I went to both graduation ceremonies.
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For most of my childhood I have lived in South El Monte.The one thing I enjoyed most about this city was the ice cream shop. There are several nearby liquor stores, restaurants, grocery stores etc. I know for a fact that the dollar store near my home has helped me in occasions where I did not have school supplies. A reliable source: transportation.I remember when I was younger, my mom could not afford to buy a car so she learned what bus would get my sister and I to school. It truly feels like home to me being in a community surrounded by hispanics. At one point I began to realized the type of neighborhood I was living in. Although there might be convenient places, South El Monte has been a city known for crime and violent gangs. It has made me feel uncomfortable and unsafe. If i could change one thing about my home city it would be to rebuild it to make it seem less sketchy than it is, including the improvement of living conditions.
I was raised in the city of South El Monte and continue living in the city. It is a small city that has continued to expand throughout the years. What I like most about the city is that it is not too small and it is not too large of a city. Everything is local and within walking distance. Growing up I participated in the City's sports programs since the age of 8. I joined the Recreation department's basketball league and played until I met their age limit. The games would take place at the local Community Center. One thing I would never forget was how many activities were, and still are, hosted by the Recreation Department. They provide a lot of excursions, programs, and classes for the residents. Overall, South El Monte is a good city that offers and gives back to its community, which is great because the community comes together for such events.