City of Maywood
Images, from top, left to right: Maywood Skyline, Aquatic Center, Maywood Villas, Maywood Academy
Images, from top, left to right: Maywood Skyline, Aquatic Center, Maywood Villas, Maywood Academy
Official seal of City of Maywood
Location of Maywood in Los Angeles County, California
Location of Maywood in Los Angeles County, California
CountryUnited States
CountyLos Angeles
Incorporated (city)1924-09-02[1]
 • MayorAna Rosa Rizo [2]
 • Total1.18 sq mi (3.04 km2)
 • Land1.18 sq mi (3.04 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)  0.00%
151 ft (46 m)
 (January 1, 2009)[3]
 • Total30,034
 • Density25,588.06/sq mi (9,879.605/km2)
Time zoneUTC-8 (PST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP Code
Area code323[5]
FIPS code06-46492
GNIS feature ID1661000

Maywood is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. At 1.4 square miles, Maywood is the third-smallest incorporated city in Los Angeles County. [6] The population was about 30,034 on January 1, 2010, according to the California Department of Finance.[7] Various news accounts have said its official population reaches about 45,000 when illegal immigrants are counted.[8]

In an unprecedented move among California cities, the city plans to lay off almost all its employees, including its Police Department, effective July 1, 2010. With a large budget deficit, and no longer able to obtain insurance, the Maywood City Council stated it was left with no other option but to adopt this plan. [9] The City of Maywood will lose its workers compensation and commercial insurance due to its claims history over the last five years as reflected in 2005-2010 Loss Summary Statements. As a result, the City of Maywood will be unable to administer a traditional staff. [10]

Immigrant population

Several news accounts have said Maywood's official population reaches approximately 45,000 persons when illegal immigrants are counted.[8] About one third of its residents work in the factories at nearby Vernon and Commerce.[11] The city has been at the forefront of illegal immigration debates. The city, 96% of which is Latino, and more than half are foreign-born, became a sanctuary city for undocumented workers. [12] Councilman Felipe Aguirre stated: "I think we needed to amplify the debate by saying that no human being is illegal. These people are here ... making your clothes, shining your shoes and taking care of your kids. And now you want to develop this hypocritical policy?" [13] But Maywood's actions have made the town a lightning rod for criticism on conservative radio shows and websites. On KFI's "John and Ken Show," the host blasted Mayor Thomas Martin for making the city a "magnet for illegal immigration." [14]


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According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.1 km² (1.2 mi²), all land.

It is 8 miles (13 km) southeast from Downtown Los Angeles Financial District and only 2 miles (3.2 km) miles east of the Los Angeles city limit on Slauson Ave and Alamada St in the Central-Alameda neighborhood.[15]. Maywood is part of the Gateway Cities region of southeastern Los Angeles County area. Maywood is bordered by the city of Bell on the south, Vernon on the north and west, Huntington Park on the southwest, and Commerce on the east.


The climate in the city of Maywood is very warm during summer when temperatures tend to be in the 80's and cool during winter when temperatures tend to be in the 50's. [16] The warmest month of the year is August with an average maximum temperature of 89.40 degrees Fahrenheit, while the coldest month of the year is December with an average minimum temperature of 47.30 degrees Fahrenheit. [citation needed]Temperature variations between night and day tend to be moderate during summer with a difference that can reach 24 degrees Fahrenheit, and moderate during winter with an average difference of 22 degrees Fahrenheit. The annual average precipitation at Maywood is 15.07 Inches. The wettest month of the year is February with an average rainfall of 3.75 Inches.[17]

WiFi Internet access

Maywood Wireless Hot Zone Signs
City of Maywood Wireless Hot Zone street signs along Atlantic Blvd

The City of Maywood offers a free WiFi network service to residents, businesses and visitors. Maywood originally provided free WiFi internet access only along the business corridors of Slauson Avenue and Atlantic Boulevard. It is now city-wide. The coverage is highly dependent upon location and proximity to wireless access points along Atlantic Boulevard and Slauson Avenue. Indoor coverage is severely limited due to the inherent nature of WiFi coverage. Netlogix is the provider of the service. The city is the only one in the Southeast Los Angeles area with free WiFi.[18]


Neighborhood Homes in Maywood California
Typical neighborhoods in Maywood

Some news accounts have said its official population reaches about 45,000 when illegal immigrants are counted.[8] As of the censusTemplate:GR of 2000, there were 28,083 people, 6,469 households, and 5,699 families residing in the city. The population density was 9,188.9/km² (23,887.2/mi²). It is the eighth most densely populated city in the United States. [19] outside the New York City metropolitan area. There were 6,701 housing units at an average density of 2,192.6/km² (5,699.8/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 42.99% White, 0.36% African American, 1.14% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 50.48% from other races, and 4.53% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 96.33% of the population.

Residences in Maywood California
Residences in Maywood

There were 6,469 households out of which 62.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.8% were married couples living together, 16.9% had a female head of household, and 11.9% were unrelated households. 8.4% of all households were made up of a single individual and 3.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 4.33 and the average family size was 4.47.

In the city the population was varied, with 37.0% under the age of 18, 13.2% from 18 to 24, 32.6% from 25 to 44, 13.0% from 45 to 64, and 4.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 25 years. For every 100 females there were 104.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.4 males.[citation needed]

The median income for a household in the city was $43,000, and the median income for a family was $40,522. Males had a median income of $43,646 versus $40,397 for females.[citation needed]

In 1919, a popular young woman agreed to lend her name to a development of a 2,300 acre ranch into home tracts. Her name was May Wood and her decision was given to the property and she was entered into posterity. The development of Maywood survived a bitter challenge to dissolve the prospective city in early 1924. [4] [20]

On September 2, 1924, Maywood citizens voted to incorporate and about 300 people turned out for the dedication, including Miss May Wood. By 1924, the population of Maywood had reached 1,000. The city featured homes, stores and a movie theater. In the 1930's there was a successful sweep out of gamblers. Maywood celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 1949 with a rodeo, beard-growing contest and professional wrestling matches in the City park.

Maywood Village Shopping Center SW Corner of Atlantic Blvd and Slauson Ave
Maywood Village Shopping Center SW corner of Atlantic Blvd and Slauson Ave

Maywood is proud of its Parks & Recreation Department, which has its own interesting history. The Maywood Park, located at 58th St. and Heliotrope Ave., had its beginnings in the 1930s when the present day baseball field was a large meadow. In the early 1950s Maywood Park became the home of the Golden State Baseball Association.

Chrysler Corporation had an auto assembly plant in Maywood until July 1971 . It was located on Maywood Avenue and was generally referred to as the "Los Angeles" Plant. [21]

Many changes can be seen in Maywood today, including four new shopping centers, [citation needed] a new senior citizens complex,[citation needed] a new 2.8 million dollars Multi-Purpose facility an industrial complex on Maywood Avenue and numerous new businesses opening in the city.[22]

Government and infrastructure

Maywood City Hall and Police Station.
Maywood City Hall and Police Station

Local government

Maywood City Hall is located at 4319 E Slauson Avenue. The City Council of Maywood is constituted by Veronica Guardado, Mayor, Ana Rosa Rizo, Vice-Mayor, and council members Felipe Aguirre, Edward Varela, and Tomas Martin.[23]

Emergency services

Former Maywood-Cudahy Police Cruiser

Fire protection in Maywood is provided by the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Ambulance transport is provided by Care Ambulance Service. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department provides police and aerial support to the city of Maywood. City officials in Maywood announced that they would disband the Maywood Police Department and contract with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for law enforcement services.[24]

County government

The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services operates the Whittier Health Center in Whittier, serving Maywood.[25]

Maywood's United States Post Office
Maywood Post Office

State and federal

In the state legislature Maywood is located in the 22nd Senate District, represented by Democrat Gil Cedillo, and in the 46th Assembly District, represented by Democrat John A. Perez. Federally, Maywood is located in California's 34th congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of D +23[26] and is represented by Democrat Lucille Roybal-Allard. Supervisor Gloria Molina represents Maywood. [27]

The United States Postal Service Maywood Post Office is located at 4357 Slauson Avenue.[28]


Maywood Express bus

The city can be reached by Atlantic Boulevard which runs North and South through the city and Slauson Avenue which runs East and West through the city. Maywood is also accessible via the I-710 on Atlantic Boulevard. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) provides bus services to the city, Metro Local Line 108 and Metro Rapid Line 358 on Slauson Avenue[29]. Metro Local Line 260[30] and Metro Rapid Line 762[31] on Atlantic Boulevard. Metro Shuttle Line 611 runs through the westside and northside of the city.[32] The city of Maywood also operates a local bus service to its residents called Dial-a-Ride. The shuttles pick up residents at their location and transport within the city limits for a one way fee of $1.00. The service is free to senior citizens, age 62 and over, and handicapped individuals. Seniors and the handicapped must come to City Hall to pick up their free pass.[33]

Parks and recreation

M.A.C at Maywood Park
Access to LA River Bike Path at Riverfront Park
Maywood Park and Aquatic Center
Maywood Riverfront Park

Maywood has two major parks and one small pocket park. The existing Maywood Park at 4801 E 58th Street and the new Maywood Riverfront Park at 5000 Slauson Avenue are currently the largest parks in the city, both are in the east side of the city.[citation needed] Maywood Park has a baseball field and the Maywood Activity Center, which opened in 1999. The Parks and Recreation Department currently maintains all of the parks in the city and offers many activities for all ages (seniors, adults, kids and youth). The Maywood Activities Center (M.A.C.), is available for general public use and offers a wide variety of classes, specialty rooms, indoor basketball court, gymnasium. a half-sized olympic pool and place for clubs and classes to meet.[34]

The new Riverfront Park is located next to the Los Angeles River and has handball courts,a basketball court, and soccer field. It also includes an access pathway to the LA River Bike Path that travels through 40 miles of Los Angeles County, including Griffith Park and Long Beach A small pocket park is located in the west side of the city, Pixley Park at 3626 56th Street. Two small pocket parks were proposed to the city in 2008, Maywood Avenue Park and Pine Avenue Park are to be built in the future in the west side of the city.[citation needed]

The only sports team located in the city is the Maywood Buzz, which features former NBA star Cedric Ceballos. The team plays in the Maywood Activities Center, also known as the M.A.C. They are an ABA (American Basketball Association) team. Several famous baseball players have played at Maywood Park including former MLB player Marvin Benard. [citation needed]

The ABA team, the Beijing Aoshen Olympians played their inaugural season at the M.A.C. during the 2005–2006 season. They reached the playoffs, but lost to the SoCal Legends in the Great Eight Tournament in Rochester. After the season, the Olympians relocated, and now play on the campus of Azusa Pacific University.

City events

Maywood Street Fair

Every Memorial Day weekend the City of Maywood holds their annual Street Fair. It is a place where families, friends, and neighbors get together to experience a variety of food, music, games, rides, and cultural activities. Street fair presale ride tickets will be available at City Hall starting until sold out.

Memorial Day Fair, Ferris Wheel
Memorial Day Fair, Live Entertainment
Memorial Day Fair, Food Stand, Funnel Cake
Memorial Day Fair, Rows of Food Stands
Memorial Day Fair, Kamikaze Ride
Memorial Day Fair, Fun & Games
Memorial Day Fair, Fun & Rides
Memorial Day Fair, Ferris Wheel
Memorial Day Fair, Games, Food, and Fun!
Memorial Day Fair, Family Fun!


K-12 schools

Maywood is a part of the Los Angeles Unified School District. The city has also joined South Gate, Huntington Park, Cudahy, Vernon, and Bell in the Southeast Cities School Coalition to improve the education of the children of the Southeast.[35] Several council members from each city are part of this group. The city is offering scholarships to students planning to attend Community Colleges and Universities. This may change with the city reorganization.

Maywood Elementary School.
Maywood Elementary School
Loma Vista Elementary School.
Loma Vista Elementary School
Heliotrope Elementary School.
Heliotrope Elementary School
Fishburn Elementary School.
Fishburn Elementary School

Public primary schools

Maywood is served by several public elementary schools, including:

Public middle schools

Maywood is served by several public middle schools, including:

Public secondary schools

Maywood Academy High School.
Maywood Academy High School.

Maywood is served by several public secondary schools, including:

On November 3, 2009 the voters in Maywood, in an advisory vote, voted against the acquisition and demolition of properties to build a new high school, 1119 No, 435 YES. The construction of the new school would demolish the homes of over 200 families in Maywood. The voters also voted to have more studies and to find an alternative site for the school, 1038 Yes, 442 No.[citation needed]

Private schools

Private schools include Maywood Christian School (K–12), an independent private school,[37] Betania Christian School (1-12), an independent private school,[38] and St. Rose of Lima School (K-8) of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles.[39]

Public libraries

Maywood César Chávez Library
Future Site of the new Maywood César Chávez Public Library

County of Los Angeles Public Library operates the Maywood César Chávez Library at 4323 East Slauson Avenue.[40] The new Maywood César Chávez Library site at 4801 Slauson Avenue is currently awaiting funding to be completed by the Los Angeles County Library Commission. [citation needed]

Places of worship

Maywood Church of the Nazarene
Iglesia Betania
Church of Jesus Christ of LDS
Maywood United Methodist Church
Saint Rose of Lima Catholic Church
Zion Lutheran Church
Bab UL Lim Islamic Center
Maywood Apostolic Christian Church
First Baptist Church

Zion Lutheran Church

First Baptist Church

Maywood Church of the Nazarene

Maywood United Methodist Church

Saint Rose of Lima Catholic Church

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Maywood Apostolic Christian Church

Iglesia Betania

Bab UL Lim Islamic

Notable natives and residents

Dana Plato from Diff'rent Strokes was born on November 7, 1964 in Maywood, CA[41]


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