Tucked away in Southeast Los Angeles County is Downey, California – a business-friendly city with a rich history. The city’s claims to fame are many: It is the place where the space program Apollo began for NASA. The Apollo space program eventually landed the first men ever on the surface of the moon.
Downey is also the home of the oldest operational McDonald’s in the United States, the first Taco Bell in the United States, and was home to a greasy burger joint that was all the rage in the 1960s. For such quirky personality, Downey has idyllic residential homes. The quiet little city is tremendous for families large and small. Downey is classic Southern California at its best.
Demographics and specifics
The pretty town of Downey, CA has a vibrant population of over 112,000. A family-friendly city in its culture, the average age of a Downey resident is only 34 years old. The largest percentage of Downey’s population, however, is young adults ages 18-24. With the number of households hovering around 35,000, about half of the town’s residents rent, while the other half own their homes. About 45% of households have children living in them.
With a low crime rate, good job prospects, and a cost of living below average for the region, the small city is beautifully rounded out with 35 schools – served by two high schools, Downey High and Warren High. And with perfect Southern California weather, it’s no wonder so many families flock to the area.
Interestingly, Downey is home to a melting pot of Latino cultures. Boasting the highest concentration of Cuban-Americans and Cubans in the Western United States as well as a large Puerto Rican community, the heritages and cultures found in Downey encompass a rich cross-section of the Latin world. Four area freeways – Interstate 710, the 5, the 105, and the 605 – serve the area.
There seems to be a trend of famous fast-casual and fast food restaurants making a splash in Downey. One of the most famous restaurants in all of Southern California in the 1960s was Johnie’s Broiler. Originally called Harvey’s Broiler, this greasy burger joint was a staple of SoCal culture for decades. Sports car drivers and motorcycle riders cruised for miles just to hang out in Johnie’s parking lot and show off their rides. The restaurant has been opened and closed several times, but the landmark still stands today, leased long-term now by the hardworking Jim Louder of Big Boy restaurant’s fame.
Contact a real estate agent to look at Downey homes for sale
To search for properties, tour a home, or talk to a real estate agent about Downey homes for sale, call Miguel Vazquez at (562) 622-7210 or contact him through his online form.
Based on information from California Regional Multiple Listing Service, Inc. as of March 31, 2020 09:49 and/or other sources. All data, including all measurements and calculations of area, is obtained from various sources and has not been, and will not be, verified by broker or MLS. All information should be independently reviewed and verified for accuracy. Properties may or may not be listed by the office/agent presenting the information.