Crescenta Valley European American Society

Where is the Crescenta Valley?

The Crescenta Valley is a small often unknown inland valley in Los Angeles County California surrounded by rugged mountains that protect the valley from over development, over population and other negative issues that affect the greater Los Angeles area. The Crescenta Valley is approximately 11 miles long, 3 miles wide and is in the shape of a crescent. Communities in the Crescenta Valley include La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta, Montrose, North Glendale, Tujunga, Sunland and Shadow Hills. Zip codes in the Crescenta Valley include 91011, 91214, 91020, 91208, 91042 and 91040. Most of the Crescenta Valley lies at an elevation of over 1,500 feet (450 m) and is surrounded by peaks up to 5,000 feet (1,500 m) in elevation. The Crescenta Valley offers many advantages to people considering relocating here like quality schools, low crime rate, friendly people, good hospitals, beautiful mountains, excellent infrastructure, nearby employment opportunities, mild weather and uncrowned spaces. The Crescenta Valley offers a high quality of life while being only 15 miles away from downtown Los Angeles.

Crescenta Valley history

The Crescenta Valley was a pastoral area under the Rancho Tujunga, Rancho San Rafael and Rancho La Cañada land grants during the Spanish colonial and Mexican periods. The first European American settler in the Crescenta Valley was Theodore Pickens, who settled at the top of today's Briggs Avenue in 1871. The western portion of Rancho La Cañada, which included the major portion of the valley, was subdivided in 1881 into 10-acre parcels by Dr. Benjamin B. Briggs. Significant suburban residential development began with the opening of the Montrose subdivision in 1913, accelerating significantly after World War II. Today, the Crescenta Valley is a mature suburban area. The name "Crescenta" does not derive from the Spanish word for "crescent," which is la creciente. Benjamin Briggs coined the name from the English word "crescent" because of the shape of the valley. The post office was established in 1888, with the Post Office adding the "La" to the name to distinguish it from Crescent City, California. An excellent film called Rancho La Cañada depicts the early history of the Crescenta Valley.

Weather in the Crescenta Valley

The weather in the Crescenta Valley is amazing with a perfect mix of mild winters and warm summers. Winter is often rainy only for a day or few days at a time followed by clear skies that allow an unobstructed view of the Pacific Ocean. Light snow sometimes touches the upper limits of the Crescenta Valley and San Gabriel mountains offering spectacular views. Spring is mild with fog from the ocean often reaching the valley keeping temperatures mild. Summers are warm and can be hot but are generally 5 to 10 degrees cooler than other parts of Southern California due to our higher elevation. Fall can be warm in the early months and often windy due to the Santa Ana winds but never the less very pleasant. On average the warmest month is August with high temperatures in the low 90’s and lows in the 60’s. January is the coolest month with typical highs in the high 60’s and lows in the mid 40’s. Rainfall occurs mostly during the winter, averaging 22 inches annually. Overall the Crescenta Valley has some of the most idealistic Mediterranean weather on the planet.

population and demographics

The Crescenta Valley has a higher percentage of ethnic European Americans relative to the total population than most other parts of Los Angeles county. European Americans first began to settle the Crescenta Valley in the late 1800's forming the first settlements and building the area into a pleasant community over 140 years later. Non-European populations in the Crescenta Valley are comprised mostly of Asians and Middle-Eastern peoples, namely Koreans and Armenians. Due to the 1965 immigration act, non-Europeans began moving in large numbers to the US and subsequently the Crescenta Valley but their populations in the Crescenta Valley remain small due mostly to housing factors such as the relative low availability of inexpensive housing like apartments and condominiums. Geographic factors also limit population growth in the Crescenta Valley since the surrounding mountains are too steep to build upon. The geographic and housing factors helps make the Crescenta Valley a very desirable community to call home. It should also be noted that generally speaking the further east you go in the valley the more affluent the neighborhoods become. Our population and demographic statistics are as follows:

La Cañada Flintridge (91011 zip code) - 20,187 population - 72% White

La Crescenta (91214 zip code) - 29,101 population - 67% White

Montrose (91020 zip code) - 7,515 population - 63% White 

North Glendale (91208 zip code) - 16,909 population 67% White

Tujunga (91042 zip code) - 26,738 population - 61% White

Sunland & Shadow Hills (91040 zip code) - 18,748 population - 69% White

Total Crescenta Valley population - 119,198 - 67% White


The Crescenta Valley is surprisingly very close to many Southern California areas yet far enough away to retain our small town charm.

Crescenta Valley to….

Downtown Glendale - 09 miles

Glendale Train Station (Amtrak & Metrolink) - 10 miles

Downtown Pasadena - 10 miles

Burbank Airport (Bob Hope Airport) - 13 miles

Downtown Los Angeles - 15 miles

Hollywood - 16 miles

San Fernando Valley - 20 miles

The Beach (Santa Monica pier) - 30 miles

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) - 32 miles

Local Ski Area (Mount Waterman) - 33 miles

Malibu Beach - 45 miles

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