Industry, officially the City of Industry, is an industrial suburb of Los Angeles in the San Gabriel Valley region of Los Angeles County. Home to over 2,500 businesses and 80,000 jobs, but only 219 residents at the 2010 census—down from 777 residents in 2000—the city is almost entirely industrial. It was incorporated on June 18, 1957 to prevent surrounding cities from annexing industrial land for tax revenue.
Zip code: 91744
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.1 square miles (31 km2). 11.8 square miles (31 km2) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) of it (2.31%) is water.
Industry is a suburb of Los Angeles 22 miles (35 km) away from Downtown L.A.
The city’s zoning is primarily devoted to business: 92% is Industrial, 8% is Commercial. The few residences in the city either existed before incorporation, are on properties adjacent to either Industry Hills Golf Club, Industry Hills Recreation Center or in a small neighborhood adjacent to City Hall. In addition, there are residents at the El Encanto Healthcare Center, a nursing home owned by the City.
The City of Industry has no business taxes and is primarily funded through retail sales tax from shopping centers located within the city limits, and property tax on parcels within the City. The city has the highest property tax rate in Los Angeles County, at 1.92%. In addition, there is a revenue-generating hillside hotel resort, known as the Pacific Palms Resort (formerly the Industry Hills Sheraton), which is almost completely surrounded by the city of La Puente but actually located in the City of Industry.
City of Industry is a popular investment area for Chinese businessmen and the city has also emerged as a high-tech import/export center for computer parts, with business links to the Asian marketplace. For convenience many Chinese entrepreneurs and staff live in nearby Rowland Heights, Hacienda Heights, West Covina, Diamond Bar and Walnut.
Industry is also the location for the proposed Los Angeles Stadium.
As of the census of 2000, there were 777 people, 121 households, and 93 families residing in the city. The population density was 66.3 inhabitants per square mile (25.6/km²). There were 124 housing units at an average density of 10.6 per square mile (4.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 55% White, 4% Black or African American, 3% Native American, 4% Asian, 29% from other races, and 5% from two or more races. 60% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 121 households out of which 48% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59% were married couples living together, 14% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23% were non-families. 20% of all households were made up of individuals and 8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 4.2 and the average family size was 4.6.
In the city the population was spread out with 24% under the age of 18, 9% from 18 to 24, 29% from 25 to 44, 19% from 45 to 64, and 19% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 125.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 128.2 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $49,423, and the median income for a family was $47,321. Males had a median income of $26,016 versus $7,292 for females. The per capita income for the city was $9,877. About 17% of families and 15% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.