Baldwin Park

Elias “Lucky” Baldwin, the flashy 19th century investor and businessman, left his mark on many communities in the San Gabriel Valley, and his legacy is clearly visible in the name of this city. With a population of about 77,000 and a median household income of about $52,000, the city of Baldwin Park has an estimated median price for homes or condos of about $288,000, which is below the state average.

While Kaiser Permanente and the United Parcel Service are two of the city’s largest employers, a much tastier business had its start in Baldwin Park more than 60 years ago. The very first In-N-Out burger stand opened in the city in 1948: Today, the company still maintains a presence in the city, and  you’ll find the In-N-Out University and company store located on Francisquito Avenue.

You’ll also find a mixture of older residential neighborhoods and newly, redeveloped commercial areas in the city--along with a mixture of single-family homes and multi-unit apartment complexes. The city is located near both the 605 and 10 San Bernardino freeways, and commuters are also aided by the Metrolink Commuter rail, which has a stop in downtown Baldwin Park.

Many of the city’s children are served by schools in the Baldwin Park Unified School District, which recently received a high-ranking at eighth out of 146 state schools in a report by The Education Trust-West. The Education Trust-West is an education advocacy organization assessing how institutions in California serve low-income and students of color.