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Norwalk is where California history intersects with new millennium technology in Southern California. A City, poised since the days of El Camino Real, in a regionally vital transportation hub. Home to Metrolink and Metro Greenline Stations, Norwalk is served by four freeways. At the midpoints between the business districts of Los Angeles and Orange Counties, Norwalk is where you want to be. Just minutes away from everywhere important in Southern California.


Incorporation: August 1957

Form of Government: Council/Manager

Population: 107,166

Location: 17 miles southeast of Los Angeles

Incorporated Area: 9.77 square miles


General Information

Norwalk was established as a "Contract City" and continues to operate in that manner. A Contract City is a City in which services such as police and fire are contracted with another agency. The City of Norwalk contracts with the Los Angeles County Fire Department and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for these services.


Our community is considered a "no/low property tax" community, which means that we receive a very small percentage of property tax collected by the County of Los Angeles. The City's major resource contributors are sales taxes, vehicle license fees from the State, utility user tax, and service fees. In addition, the City receives restricted funds to be used only for specific areas, such as, street improvements, transportation, park improvements, etc., from the State and Federal governments.

Population: 107,166
Median Income: $60,523
Unemployment Rate: 5.8%
Housing Vacancy: 3.5%
Housing Units: 28,083
Taxable Sales: $985 Million in 2005


Transportation Centers


The opening of Norwalk's Metrolink and Green Line commuter rail stations have enormously improved access to the City's business centers. Employees working in Norwalk can now commute to their workplace from Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties (Metrolink) and from the Los Angeles International Airport to the Norwalk MTA Station (Green Line). The Norwalk Transit System provides fixed route bus service, seven days a week, within Norwalk and to adjacent communities. 


Top Six Employers


Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District 4,161
Cerritos College 2,100
Metropolitan State Hospital 1,836
Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder 1,216
Bally Total Fitness Headquarters 650
Coast Plaza Doctors Hospital 500


Award-Wining Community Policing Efforts

The City of Norwalk is consistently ranked among the safest cities in America. In recognition of the community's public safety efforts, the City of Norwalk was presented with the 1997 Award for Excellence in Community Policing by the National League of Cities.

Cultural Highlights

Norwalk has an annual Halloween festival in October and "A Night of 1000 Stars" library fundraising event in May. The City is also home to the Sproul Museum and historical Hargitt House. The City of Norwalk is also a premier location for the production of featured motion pictures and television commercials, utilizing locations such as the historic Paddison Farm, Front Street and unique residential areas.
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