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Date taken: 7/23/07
Contributed by Stoosh on August 1, 2007

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Downey is a city in Los Angeles County, in the Los Angeles-Long Beach metro area.

The community was named after John Gately Downey, governor

The latitude of Downey is 33.94N. The longitude is -118.131W.

It is in the Pacific Standard time zone. Elevation is 118 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 110,360.


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Median household income
Local
$45,667
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Downey demographic reports
Downey is between the San Gabriel Mountains and the Pacific Ocean
The Apollo Space Program began here
Site of the oldest surviving McDonald's restaurant, built in 1953
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 505. The number of murders and homicides was 7. The violent crime rate was 4.5 per 1,000 people.
Local bands (past and present) have included Carpenters, Blasters
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Starbucks
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
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National index: 100
Local index: 102

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6% of Downey residents report German ancestry, and 4% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Downey ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Downey was $18,197, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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17% of Downey residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Median rent in Downey, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $682.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,554.


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Los Angeles County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Downey political report.

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The average commute time for Downey workers is 28 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 21 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Downey between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 2.0 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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