El Monte (Spanish for “the mountain”), historically known as “The End of the Santa Fe Trail”, is a residential, industrial, and commercial city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. The city lies in the San Gabriel Valley, east of the city of Los Angeles. As of 2019, El Monte was the 54th-largest city in California.
El Monte is the hub of the San Gabriel Valley where two major freeways – Interstates 605 and 10 – intersect. The City also has an ethnically diverse and dynamic population with 72% Hispanic, 18% Asian, and 7% White. As of the 2010 census, the City had a total population of 113,475.
As the San Gabriel Valley continues to grow so does the City of El Monte through new businesses and quality housing. Many public improvements are underway to provide an attractive and safe environment for its economic growth. El Monte has maintained a reputation for a “business friendly attitude” by attracting commercial and retail businesses as well as international corporations through its Foreign Trade Zone. Other business tools include business financing through Grow El Monte, a pro-active Chamber of Commerce, and a Recycling Market Development Zone. Several trade and professional colleges are also located in the city, providing workforce education to support local businesses.
El Monte is also home to Longo Toyota, the number one auto dealer in the United States by sales and volume. Other major retail businesses include Home Depot, Sam’s Club, and Sears Essentials. Major industries include the Von’s Distribution Warehouse, Wells Fargo Operations Center, and regional offices for East West and Cathay Banks.