Irwindale is a city in the San Gabriel Valley, in Los Angeles County, California, United States. The population was 1,422 at the 2010 census, down from 1,446 at the 2000 census.
With relatively few residents, Irwindale consists mostly of rock quarries, which are the major revenue source for the city. The Irwindale Speedway is also located in the city, as is the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area near the San Gabriel River, and a plant of the Miller Brewing Company. The city became the new permanent site for the annual Southern California Renaissance Pleasure Faire in 2005, after it moved from its previous home at the Glen Helen Regional Park.
Unlike the fellow low population cities Industry and Vernon, there are actual neighborhoods in Irwindale. Irwindale is a full service city, offering police and library services. There is a skate park, a teen center, a senior center, and a public gymnasium. The housing is centered near the southeast corner of Arrow Highway and Irwindale Avenue, with a small tract of housing in the southwest corner of the city near Cypress Avenue.
The Irwindale’s Recreation Department page features information on facilities and rentals, classes and programs, excursions, special events/activities, teen programming, youth/adult sports, school transportation.
Irwindale residents go to unified school districts in Covina, Azusa, Duarte and Baldwin Park and to private high schools in Glendora, La Verne, La Puente and Rosemead. Irwindale is centrally located between Claremont Colleges to the east and Caltech at the west, offering convenient access to these great research institutions, and the City of Hope is right next door in the City of Duarte.
There are also three superb community colleges within a 12 mile radius, including Mt. San Antonio College, Pasadena City College and Rio Hondo Community College, which offer specialized training and other customized services to address specific needs of any business enterprise.
Today Irwindale is undergoing a renaissance, transitioning from a mining-oriented community to a manufacturing and high-tech-based, modern suburban city. This is clearly demonstrated by the completion of the Irwindale Business Center and the arrival of such companies as Charter Communications, LA Times, Iron Mountain and Superior Communications. Irwindale is home to over 700 businesses, including major satellite offices and headquarters for some of the most well-known companies in the nation, such as Ready Pac Produce and MillerCoors Brewing Company.
Situated in the heart of the San Gabriel Valley, there are four major freeways at its borders offering convenient access to all markets in Southern California. The Foothill Freeway (210) extends west to Pasadena and the San Fernando Valley. The Freeway extension to the east was recently opened, providing quick and easy access to the Inland Empire and beyond. The San Gabriel Freeway (605) provides easy access to all points south, and the San Bernardino Freeway (10) offers a direct route into downtown Los Angeles and San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.