About Us

We are home to where the Apollo Space Program began its journey to the stars. Downey is where you can find the world’s oldest McDonalds restaurant and the site of the first Taco Bell eatery. This is the city where the pop recording artists "The Carpenters" were inspired with many hit records. Today, our city is admired for its strong retail base with quality housing.

Downey is a unique community in the heart of Southern California that combines the best of both large and small. We are an active city of 110,000 with a small town atmosphere. This is a place of pride, history, involvement, and community. We are highly recognized for our centralized location, top medical facilities, quality residential neighborhoods and schools, excellent golf courses, and an unmatched family lifestyle. In fact, Downey has been rated in the top 25% of "100 Best Cities To Do Business in California" by California Business Magazine. Downey's winning formula can be the key to your business success or family lifestyle. Come discover Downey, the place where America began its journey to the stars.

General Information

Location and Climate

Situated 12 miles southeast of the Los Angeles Civic Center, 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 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, also operated by the city, and presents a number of productions throughout the year.  Check out their website for more information: www.downeytheatre.com

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 Hospital. Rancho Los Amigos is a world renown spinal injury treatment center. Originally, Rockwell International aerospace was the major employer put Downey on the map in the 60's, earning us the name "Home of 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 110,000 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
(562) 923-3256

Located within the Civic Center complex, the Downey City Library was founded in 1959 and opened an enlarged, 27,500 square foot facility in the spring of 1984. Services include free books, music and DVD/Blu-Ray rentals, adult and children's programs, free WiFi and Computer Lab access, study space, reference services and free Adult Literacy tutoring.

Chamber of Commerce

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


Downey Unified School District
11627 S. Brookshire Avenue
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
11042 Brookshire Avenue
(562) 869-7396

Cerritos College
11110 E. Alondra Blvd.
Norwalk, CA

Rio Hondo College
3600 Workman Mill Road
Whittier, CA 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 Fire Department
In emergencies dial 911.
Business Office
11111 Brookshire Ave.
Downey, CA

Downey Police Department
In emergencies dial 911.
Business Office
10911 S. Brookshire Ave.
Downey, CA

Southeast Area Animal Control Authority (SEAACA)
(562) 803-3301
CHP/California Highway Patrol

Crisis Intervention Agency
Ask the Operator for ZENITH 2-1234


Downey Regional Medical Center
11500 S. Brookshire Ave.
Downey, CA
(562) 806-5000

Kaiser Permanente Hospital
9333 East Imperial Highway
Downey, CA
(562) 657-9000?

Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center
7601 E. Imperial Hwy.
Downey, CA
(562) 922-7111
(A County facility for the treatment and rehabilitation of crippling, chronic diseases.)

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

Judicial Courts

Downey Court
7500 E. Imperial Hwy.
Downey, CA
(562) 803-7059

Norwalk Court
12720 Norwalk Blvd.
Norwalk, CA
(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


Verizon Telephone
Time Warner Cable
Southern California Edison Co.
Southern California Gas Co.
Water Billing - City of Downey       

(800) 483-1000 
(888) 892-2253 
(800) 655-4555 
(800) 427-2200
(562) 904-7246