La Puente is a city approximately 20 miles east of downtown Los Angeles with a population of 39,816 at the 2010 census.
The City’s name “La Puente” means the bridge in old Spanish and refers to an early bridge built across the San Jose Creek by members of the Portola-Serra expedition in 1769, as they surveyed the region for Spain. A modernized version of the bridge can be seen in the City’s colorful seal.
Incorporated on August 1, 1956, the city was famous for its fruit and walnut groves. The largest walnut packing plant in the world was located in the city. Today, the suburban community is predominantly residential (70%), with commercial land use located primarily along major highways and streets.
The City operates various facilities to serve the community. These include a City Hall, Community Center, Senior Center, Youth Learning Activity Center, La Puente Park, and Puente Creek Nature Education Center Park. There are seventeen schools, two libraries, and a health center serving the City’s residents.