Downey is a city located in southeast Los Angeles County, California, United States, 21 km (13 mi) southeast of downtown Los Angeles. It is considered part of the Gateway Cities. The city is the birthplace of the Apollo space program, and is the hometown of Richard and Karen Carpenter. It is also the home of the oldest still operational McDonald’s restaurant in the world. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 111,772.
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.
Starting in the late 1980s, Downey has become a renowned Latino majority community in Southern California, and the majority of residents moved in were middle or upper-middle class, and second and third generation Mexican-Americans. 
Downey has the second highest percentage of Cubans and Cuban Americans in the Western United States at 1.96% of the population. There is also a Puerto Rican community in Downey, about 2.5% of the city population as of 2016.
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.
Get free access to search for your dream home in Downey area. We Have many properties to choose based on your price range.
- Stauffer Middle School (formerly West Middle School)
- Doty Middle School (formerly East Middle School)
- Griffiths Middle School (formerly North Middle School)
- Sussman Middle School (formerly South Middle School)
- Alameda Elementary School
- Carpenter Elementary School
- Gallatin Elementary School
- Gauldin Elementary School
- Imperial Elementary School
- Lewis Elementary School
- Old River Elementary School
- Price Elementary School
- Rio Hondo Elementary School
- Rio San Gabriel Elementary School
- Unsworth Elementary School
- Ward Elementary School
- Williams Elementary School
Downey offers a vast varieties of restaurants to choose from, from sushi places, Cuban, Mediterranean, American, Mexican, Argentine or fast food depending on your preference. The 1953 McDonald’s restaurant at 10207 Lakewood Blvd. was the third McDonald’s built and is the oldest surviving McDonald’s.
Stonewood Center serves a loyal, family-oriented shopper base with popular department store anchors, shops and eateries featuring JCPenney, Macy’s, Kohl’s, Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works, Buffalo Wild Wings BJ’s and many others.
There is much to see and do and plenty of places to stay at night in Downey. A community theater and symphony offer diverse cultural activities for all The Downey Civic Theater provides strives to bring the best entertainment and enhance the cultural and economic growth within its community.
Parks and Recreation
Almost 100 acres are devoted to 11 area parks, including fishing lakes at Wilderness Park, the Independence Park Tennis Center, and Meredith Perkins Skate Park. For golf enthusiasts, there is the 18-hole Rio Hondo Golf Course, or the Los Amigos Golf Course