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About Baldwin Park

With its proximity to Los Angeles, California is both an independent city and a suburb of L.A. The city is a popular place for commuters who want to have easy access to work and play in Los Angeles while still enjoying a quiet suburban life. You'll find many young families in Baldwin Park, and the city is home to a diverse population.

The History of Baldwin Park

The city is named in honor of Elias Jackson "Lucky" Baldwin, a land baron and wealthy entrepreneur who bought property throughout Southern California in the late 1800s. Baldwin found prosperity in the stock market, which fueled his consumption of land and his rise to prominence among the Los Angeles elite.

Baldwin Park didn't incorporate until 1956, but its story starts long before that. It began as cattle-grazing land, steadily growing into a full-scale economy with many businesses and industries calling the city home.

Living in Baldwin Park

Much of the city's economic history relates to agriculture, from farm animals to crops, and several wineries are within the city limits. Other active sectors include retail and education. If you're planning to start your job search in Baldwin Park, it may be helpful to know that the city's top employers include the local school districts, government offices, Walmart, the L.A. Department of Public Health and Waste Management Inc. Although Baldwin Park has a higher unemployment rate than some of its neighboring areas, an easy commute to Los Angeles opens up an extensive range of job options.

With a busy downtown district, unique architecture and plenty of public green spaces, Baldwin Park has a lot to offer. The area doesn't lack supermarkets, coffee shops, parks or shopping venues. Plus, it offers convenient access to several types of public transportation, which is great news for people without vehicles of their own.

In addition to convenient amenities like shopping and dining, Baldwin Park offers a handful of local attractions. If you're interested in learning more about the city's history, you can explore the Baldwin Park Historical Society Museum. Or participate in one of the city's many recreational programs, including music, dance and athletic programs for both children and adults. Baldwin Park is home to the Morgan Park Summer Concert Series, a free annual event that has been taking place for over 50 years.

Baldwin Park Schools

Students attend public schools in the Baldwin Park Unified School District. There are a few private schools to choose from, most of them faith-based.

Though there are no major college or university campuses within city limits, you can easily find a variety of schools just a short drive away.

Resources for Moving to Baldwin Park

Here are a few resources to help with your move to Baldwin Park:

  • Utilities: The Valley County Water District manages public water in Baldwin Park. The city's central energy providers are Southern California Edison and Southern California Gas Company.
  • Garbage and Recycling: Waste Management collects trash, recyclables and yard waste once a week.
  • Transportation: The Baldwin Park Shuttle provides convenient, affordable transportation around the city.

Baldwin Park Housing

In comparison to many California cities, Baldwin Park is relatively budget-friendly. However, home prices in the city are still much higher than the national average, and they're on an upward track.