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Downey City Hall
11111 Brookshire Ave
Downey, CA 90241
(562) 904-7246

Location and Climate

Situated 12 miles southeast of Downtown Los Angeles, Downey is only five miles from Orange County, and about 10 miles from the beautiful Pacific coastline. Conveniently located near several major freeways, the city is an ideal home base from which to take advantage of the business resources and hundreds of cultural and recreational activities in Southern California.

The average annual minimum temperature is 46 degrees, and the average annual maximum is 83 degrees. Downey is 117 feet above sea level; prevailing winds are from the West at 6 mph. Average annual rainfall is 14.85 inches.

The Parks

All parks and many recreation facilities are operated by the city. Almost 100 acres are devoted to 11 area parks, including fishing lakes at Wilderness Park, the Independence Park Tennis Center, and Meredith Perkins Skate Park, the David R. Gavin Dog Park and fitness courses at Furman and Apollo parks. For golf enthusiasts, there is the 18-hole Rio Hondo Golf Course, or the Los Amigos Golf Course, the latter run by Los Angeles County.

The Arts

To find a bit of culture, you needn't look far: The 750-seat Downey Theatre, operated by VenuTech, presents productions by the Downey Symphonic Society, as well as other special productions throughout the year. Or you can browse through the Downey History Center or the Columbia Memorial Space Center.

The Businesses

Downey is home for thousands of businesses and services. The city's largest employer, with about 2,500 employees, is Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center. Rancho Los Amigos is a world renown spinal injury treatment center. Originally, Rockwell International aerospace was the major employer that put Downey on the map in the 60's, earning us the name "Home of the Apollo."

The People

Caring and Civic-Minded--those are two words that describe Downey's residents. There are more than 120 civic and service groups that work together to make Downey a better place to live.

Population and Housing

With a population of 113,000 in an area of 12.5 square miles, Downey offers a wide range of housing opportunities. City building records for 1997 show that 60 percent of the total dwelling units are single-family homes. Another 40 percent are apartments and condominiums.


Downey City Library
11121 Brookshire Avenue
Downey, CA 90241
(562) 904-7360

Located within the Civic Center complex, the Downey City Library is a 27,500-square-foot facility with adult and children's books, audio books, movies, magazines and newspapers, free WiFi, a free public computer lab, e-books, downloadable audio books, e-magazines and a variety of public programs for all ages.

Chamber of Commerce

Downey Chamber of Commerce
11131 Brookshire Ave
Downey, CA 90241
(562) 923-2191

Southeast Los Angeles County Investment Board

10900 E. 183rd St., Suite 350
Cerritos, CA 90703
(562) 402-9336
(800) 481-6555


Downey Unified School District
11627 S. Brookshire Ave
Downey, CA 90241
(562) 469-6500

Adult Education
For adults, there is the Downey Adult School, Cerritos College in nearby Norwalk, and more than a half dozen colleges or universities within easy driving distance.

Downey Adult School
12340 Woodruff Ave
Downey, CA 90241
(562) 940-6200

Cerritos College
11110 E. Alondra Blvd
Norwalk, CA
(562) 869-2451

Rio Hondo College
3600 Workman Mill Road
Whittier, CA 90601
(562) 692-0921

Emergency Numbers: 9-1-1

This three-digit number, nine-one-one, may be instrumental in saving your life, or saving someone else's. The 911 system covers all of Los Angeles County and is to be used for any police, fire, or medical emergency only. Just dial 9-1-1 and state the nature of the emergency. The telephone number from which you are calling, whether published or unlisted, will be automatically displayed on a viewing screen located at the public safety answering point. This enables the emergency agency to quickly locate the caller if the call is disrupted by the crisis, and to immediately dispatch the necessary aid.

Downey Police Department

In emergencies dial 911.
Business Office
10911 Brookshire Ave
Downey, CA 90241

Southeast Area Animal Control Authority (SEAACA)
(562) 803-3301

CHP/California Highway Patrol

Crisis Intervention Agency
Ask the Operator for ZENITH 2-1234


PIH Health Hospital - Downey
11500 S. Brookshire Ave
Downey, CA 90241
(562) 904-5000

Kaiser Permanente Hospital
9333 East Imperial Highway
Downey, CA 90242
(800) 823-4040

Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center
7601 E. Imperial Hwy
Downey, CA
(562) 922-7111

Other health facilities include 11 convalescent hospitals and nursing homes, and numerous retirement facilities.

Judicial Courts

Downey Court
7500 E. Imperial Hwy
Downey, CA 90242
(562) 803-7057

Norwalk Court
12720 Norwalk Blvd
Norwalk, CA 90650
(562) 868-9711

U.S. Postal Service

Downey Main Post Office
8111 S. Firestone Blvd
Downey, CA
(562) 622-5745

North Downey Stn.
10345 S. Lakewood Blvd
(562) 861-2917

South Downey Stn.
7911 E. Imperial Hwy
(562) 861-3035


Company Phone Number
Verizon Telephone (800) 483-1000
Frontier Communications (844) 316-6652
Time Warner Cable (888) 892-2253
Southern California Edison Co. (800) 655-4555
Southern California Gas Co. (800) 427-2200
Water Billing - City of Downey (562) 904-7246
CalMet Services, Inc. (562) 869-0901