Hacienda Heights is an unincorporated area in and below the Puente Hills of the San Gabriel Valley, in Los Angeles County, California, United States. As of the 2010 census, the community had a total population of 54,038, up from 53,122 at the 2000 census.
Hacienda Heights is located in the eastern San Gabriel Valley bordering La Puente and West Covina to the North, Whittier to the West, La Habra Heights to the South, and Rowland Heights to the East along the Pomona Freeway – Route 60. Hacienda Heights is a predominately residential neighborhood.
Hacienda Heights got its current name due to the community being centered around Hacienda Boulevard. Before this the area was known as North Whittier Heights, after its southern neighbor.
The city is served by the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District. Learning facilities include: four comprehensive high schools, one alternative high school, one Community Day School, 17 K-5 elementary schools, six K-8 schools, four middle schools, and two main Adult Education facilities.
Hacienda Heights has the largest Buddhist temple in Southern California – Hsi Lai Temple (meaning “Coming West). The temple sits on 15 acres of land and has a floor area of 102,432 sq ft. The temple’s Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 AD) and Qing Dynasty (1644-1911 AD) architecture is faithful to the traditional style of buildings, Chinese gardens, and statuary of ancient Chinese monasteries. Hsi Lai Temple is a good place to learn Buddhism and Chinese culture for those interested.
For a list of places of worship in Hacienda Heights, check out AreaConnect.com.