The 16th largest city in Los Angeles County, South Gate, Calif., is a mere 12 miles from the Los Angeles downtown area. Also known as the Azalea City, South Gate was incorporated in 1923. Today, it boasts nine parks, 27 educational institutions and too many community organizations and service clubs to count, making its homes for rent ideal for people with children.Â
4 Things Renters Should Know About South Gate
South Gate operates under a council-manager form of government. Its council is made up of five members elected by the voting public, who in turn elect the mayor and vice mayor.
In terms of public transportation, the city is served by the Metropolitan Transit Authority.
Jet-setters are in luck, as four airports (LAX, Long Beach Airport, Hawthorne Municipal Airport and Compton Municipal Airport) are within a 12-mile radius of South Gate.
The city boasts 12 elementary schools, three middle schools, three high schools, two parochial schools, three community colleges and three California State University campuses.
Resources for Residents
For the latest South Gate news, a calendar of upcoming events and information about everything from how to contact your gas company to how to obtain a business license, head to the city's official website.
What to Do in South Gate
The biggest of the city's nine parks, South Gate Park sprawls across 96 acres and includes a senior citizen building, an Olympic-sized indoor swimming pool, multiple tennis courts, baseball fields and indoor and outdoor basketball courts. Of the other parks, the Gardendale Tot Lot is dedicated specifically to children. Meanwhile, shopaholics can rejoice - there are almost as many shopping meccas as parks, from the Tweedy Mile and HollydaleÂ business districts to the El Paseo Shopping and Entertainment Center, the latter of which houses a state-of-the-art,Â 21-screen movie theater.