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General Population by City
Los Angeles County

1850 - 1900 U.S. Census

1890 Street Scene Postcard, Venice, California. Courtesy of Library of Congress.

See pages 1910-1950 and 1960-2000 for other Historical Census Years.

Note: Present-day cities in Los Angeles County not listed below were not yet incorporated during this time period. See periods 1910-1950 or 1960-2000. Until 1886, the only city in Los Angeles County that had been incorporated was Los Angeles. Population figures here for communities prior to their incorporation years were collected prior to their incorporation.

Pasadena Santa Monica Monrovia Compton Pomona South Pasadena
City Incorp. 1850 1860 1870 1880 1890 1900
Alhambra 1903 --- --- --- --- 808 ---
Azusa 1898 --- 363 320 --- --- 863
Cerritos 1956 --- --- --- 166 --- ---
Compton 1888 --- --- 160 --- 636 ---
Downey 1956 --- --- --- 237 --- ---
Long Beach 1897 --- --- --- --- 564 2,252
Los Angeles 1850 1,610 4,385 5,728 11,183 50,395 102,479
Monrovia 1887 --- --- --- --- 907 1,205
City Incorp. 1850 1860 1870 1880 1890 1900
Pasadena 1886 --- --- --- 391 4,882 9,117
Pomona 1888 --- --- --- --- 3,634 5,526
Redondo Beach 1892 --- --- --- --- 603 855
San Gabriel 1913 --- --- --- --- 737 ---
Santa Monica 1886 --- --- --- 417 1,580 3,057
South Pasadena 1888 --- --- --- --- 623 1,001
Whittier 1898 --- --- --- --- 585 1,590

Source: U.S. Census Bureau