Alhambra, also known as “Gateway to the San Gabriel Valley,” is a city whose diversity has given rise to a lively mix of international restaurants and markets, businesses and events. It is a city located in the western San Gabriel Valley region of Los Angeles County, California, United States, approximately eight miles from the Downtown Los Angeles civic center. It was incorporated on July 11, 1903. As of the 2010 census, the population was 83,089.
Laid out in 1874 by Benjamin D. Wilson on land once part of Mission San Gabriel Arcángel, it developed as an agricultural community with a unique irrigation system using the first piped water in southern California. Named for one of Wilson’s favorite books—Washington Irving’s The Alhambra (1832), which popularized the Moorish palace of the same name in Granada, Spain—the city grew as a residential base for nearby Los Angeles industries. The city is the site of one of eight campuses of Alliant International University.
Alhambra is also home to a highly successful Asian business district along Valley Boulevard. Downtown Alhambra, also known as “Mosaic on Main”, showcases the rich mix of cultures with an array of eateries, entertainment and shopping. Parks and recreation, excellent schools, charming neighborhoods and active nightlife round out Alhambra’s attractions.