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La Crescenta-Montrose

La Crescenta-Montrose is a city in Los Angeles county bordered by Glendale to the south west, La Cañada Flintridge to the east and Angeles National Forest to the north.

The area of La Crescenta-Montrose was originally part of the homelands of the Tongva people. It became part of Ranch La Canada as part of the Mexican land given to Manuel Micheltorena.

The name La Crescenta was given by the early settler Benjamin B Briggs who could see three crescent formations  and that suggested the name. Montrose was chosen as part of a contest for the subdivision established in 1913.

In the 1934 the great flood caused a lot of damage to the area where over 400 homes were destroyed when multiple hillsides collapsed sending tons of mud and debris into the Crescenta Valley. Many people were killed and entire families and residences were wiped out. Following the disaster, the US Army Corps of Engineers and the County of Los Angeles built a flood control system to catch basins and concrete storm drains.

According to the 2010 United States Census,  reported population was 19,653. The racial makeup of La Crescenta-Montrose was 12,807 (65.2%) White (57.9% Non-Hispanic White),[5] 142 (0.7%) African American, 70 (0.4%) Native American, 5,375 (27.3%) Asian, 12 (0.1%) Pacific Islander, 533 (2.7%) from other races, and 714 (3.6%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2,232 persons (11.4%).

According to the 2010 United States Census, La Crescenta-Montrose had a median household income of $89,375, with 7.4% of the population living below the federal poverty line.

Crescenta Valley Town Council

The Crescenta Valley Town Council (CVTC) is composed of nine, democratically-elected Councilmembers, each of whom serve three-year terms upon installation. The official purpose of the Council is to listen to, address, and communicate “residents’ needs, ideas, and concerns to the appropriate public agencies, City, County and State, including, [but not limited to, the Hon. Kathryn Barger],” the Fifth District’s and La Crescenta-Montrose’s official, elected representative on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. To that end, the Council is currently the Los Angeles County unincorporated area’s main advisory body to the County Supervisor’s office & other governing agencies, as well as an organized institution that is often counted on to facilitate community-wide forums to inform or garner opinion from residents.

In the state legislature, La Crescenta-Montrose is situated in the 25th Senate District, represented by Senator Carol Liu, and the 43rd Assembly District, represented by Assemblywoman Laura Friedman. The area is in California’s 28th congressional district, represented by Congressman Adam Schiff.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) operates the Crescenta Valley Station in La Crescenta, serving La Crescenta and Montrose

Schools in La Crescenta-Montrose are a part of the Glendale Unified School District.

Elementary Schools

  • La Crescenta Elementary School – California Distinguished School 2008
  • Dunsmore Elementary School – California Distinguished School 2008
  • John C. Fremont Elementary School (Glendale) – California Distinguished School 2006
  • Abraham Lincoln Elementary School
  • Monte Vista Elementary School – Blue Ribbon School 2005
  • Mountain Avenue Elementary School – Blue Ribbon School 2005
  • Valley View Elementary School- Blue Ribbon School 2005

Middle Schools

  • Rosemont Middle School- California Distinguished School

High Schools

  • Crescenta Valley High School – California Distinguished School 2005, Blue Ribbon School 2000
  • Clark Magnet – California Distinguished School 2005 Blue Ribbon School 2007

Independent Study

  • Verdugo Academy (K-12)
  • Village Christian School (K-12)
  • Options For Youth Public Charter Schools (7-12)


  • Armenian Sisters Academy (K-8)
  • Chamlian Armenian School (1-8)
  • Holy Redeemer-St. James the Less Catholic School (K-8)
  • Crescenta Valley Adventist School (K-8)
  • Montrose Christian Montessori School (Pre-6)

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