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Welcome to Downey ...

The city of Downey is located in Los Angeles County<1>.

While we don't have a date for the founding of Downey, you might get a feel for it by knowing that during our research the earliest mention that we found (so far) was in a book dated 1895.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Downey has a population of 110,471 people<2> (see below for details).

Downey is 110 feet [34 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Downey lies in the Pacific Time Zone (PST/PDT) and observes daylight saving time

Downey is located in the (562) area code.

The ZIP codes for Downey: 90239-90242<4>

Websites for Downey ...

Official Website:

Chamber of Commerce:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Downey had an population of 110,471 people. This is a decrease of 1.16% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 2.93% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Downey had a population of 111,772 people. This makes Downey the county's 11th most populous community.

The population of Downey represents 0.3% of the population of California (which has 37,253,956 people), making it the state's 53rd most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 111,772 people, the population of Downey increased 4.15% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 107,323 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Downey.

Communities Also Named Downey ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 5 communities that are also named Downey - they are located in Idaho, Illinois (2), Iowa and Pennsylvania.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Downey.

Communities near Downey ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Downey.

  • Los Angeles
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the northwest)
  • Long Beach
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the south)
  • Anaheim
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the southeast)
  • Glendale
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the northwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Glendale
    • Glendale is located in Los Angeles County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 197,747 people
    • Former name for Glendale:
    • Tropico
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Glendale <5>
  • Garden Grove
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the southeast)
  • Torrance
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the southwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Torrance
    • Torrance is located in Los Angeles County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 141,553 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Torrance <5>
  • Pasadena
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the north)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pasadena
    • Pasadena is located in Los Angeles County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 141,045 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pasadena <5>
  • Fullerton
    (12 miles [19.3 km] to the east)
  • Orange
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the southeast)
  • El Monte
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the northeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for El Monte
    • El Monte is located in Los Angeles County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 112,344 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for El Monte <5>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Downey. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Downey.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Downey. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Downey.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Downey. Our list includes 28 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Downey.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Downey ...

Looking for more information about Downey? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Downey, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Downey.

Adding Downey to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Downey in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Downey was in the book titled Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Downey.

The official website for Downey:

The official website for Los Angeles County:

The official website for State of California:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of California's counties, including Los Angeles, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Downey.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Downey - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Downey). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Downey or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Downey includes: 90239, 90240, 90241 & 90242.
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.


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