Arcadia is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States, and located approximately 13 miles (21 km) northeast of downtown Los Angeles in the San Gabriel Valley and at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains.
Arcadia is part of a cluster of cities, along with Temple City, Rosemead, Monterey Park, San Marino, and San Gabriel, in the west San Gabriel Valley with a growing Asian population. It is the site of the Santa Anita Park racetrack and home to the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. As of the 2000 United States Census, the city had a population of 53,248. The estimated 2005 population was 56,565. The city is named after Arcadia, Greece.
In 2009, the median income for a household in the city was $107,877. Males had a median income of $80,594 versus $66,138 for females. The per capita income for the city was $67,400. About 2.7% of families and 2.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.8% of those under age 18 and 6.1% of those age 65 or over.
Arcadia’s economy is driven by wholesale trade, retail trade, manufacturing, health care and social assistance, arts, entertainment, and recreation. Revenue from the Santa Anita Racetrack has long supported capital improvements for the City of Arcadia, resulting in the City having very little bonded indebtedness.
For primary and secondary education the city is served by the Arcadia Unified School District. Reading scores for the AUSD are 76.6% higher than the state average and math scores are 67.9% higher than the state average. It is estimated that 88% of Arcadia students are at public schools and 12% in private and/or parochial institutions.
Arcadia Unified School District has one highly ranked and prestigious high school Arcadia High School, It is among the few public high schools in California to receive a distinguished GreatSchools Rating of 10 out of 10, three middle schools , and six elementary schools, two which are winners in the United States Department of Education’s Blue Ribbon Schools program. Approximately five percent of California schools are awarded this honor each year following a rigorous selection process. Eligibility is based on federal and state criteria including the No Child Left Behind program, Academic Performance Index (API), and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). The requirements are many and strict, and are based on such areas as a strong curriculum, solid library media services, professional teachers, and counseling programs at all grade levels. In 2010, BusinessWeek ranked Arcadia as the best place to raise children in the state of California for the second year in a row by, citing the city’s school system as one of the factors, and because of its low crime and excellent schools.
Baldwin Stocker Elementary 422 West Lemon Ave. Arcadia K–5 604 students
Camino Grove Elementary 700 Camino Grove Ave. Arcadia K–5 682
Highland Oaks Elementary 10 Virginia Dr. Arcadia K–5 628
Holly Avenue Elementary 360 West Duarte Rd. Arcadia K–5 623
Longley Way Elementary 2601 Longley Way Arcadia K–5 485
Reid (Hugo) Elementary 1000 Hugo Reid Dr. Arcadia K–5 620
Dana (Richard Henry) Middle 1401 South First Ave. Arcadia 6–8 782
First Avenue Middle 301 South First Ave. Arcadia 6–8 839
Foothills Middle 171 East Sycamore Ave. Arcadia 6–8 836
Arcadia High School 180 Campus Dr. Arcadia 9–12 3,657