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Top Micro-Cities Of Tomorrow - Santa Fe Springs, California

Updated on June 11, 2015
The Clarke Estate is one of the leading architectural attractions in the area, often used for special events.
The Clarke Estate is one of the leading architectural attractions in the area, often used for special events. | Source

An Industry Gateway In a Small City

Located just to the southeast of Los Angeles, Santa Fe Springs is a Gateway City, part of the historic Gateway Region that has been the industrialized portion of the Greater Los Angeles Area. Santa Fe Springs, also been known as Fulton Sulphur Springs, is hom to approximately 16,000 residents.

Two rivers in the area provided ready transportation access in and out of the river valley and the railroads arrived in 1884. These transport options led to quick industrialization in 1900. In addition to the available transportation, the soil on flat land in and around Santa Fe Springs was ideal for farmers form the eastern parts of the US, who had migrated westward in search of greater opportunities and mild weather.

Industrial and agricultural manufacturing increased into the 1980s when the NAFTA agreement resulted in manufacturing moving out of the Gateway and into Mexico.

More of the Clarke Estate.
More of the Clarke Estate. | Source

Attractions; Santa Fe Springs, California

Clarke Estate:
Clark Estate, 10211 Pioneer Boulevard, Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670, USA

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Hathaway Ranch:
Hathaway Ranch Museum, 11901 Florence Avenue, Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670, USA

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The Tongva People; Heritage Park, Santa Fe Springs:
Heritage Park, 12100 Mora Drive, Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670, USA

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Ecomony Of Today and Tomorrow

The economy of Santa Fe Springs declined the 1990s, until the establishment of the Gateways Cities Partnership and the Council of Community Governments in that are joined to produce revitalization plans. The city is divided into four distinct neighborhoods, each with its own development projects.

A among the Top 10 Micro-Cites for Tomorrow, Santa Fe Springs is recognized as Number 1 overall in Human Resources and Number 4 in Business Friendliness, out of ratings for seven city qualities among the 10 top picks.

An independent judging panel and the fDi Magazine reviewed 400+ North American cities in Canada, the USA, and Mexico to arrive with their Top 10. The magazine is aimed at foreign investors.

Check employment and relocation information at Santa Fe Springs WorkSource Center: PARTNERS FOR PROGRESS, 10400 Pioneer Boulevard; Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670. PH (562) 946-2237.

The Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe In Heritage Park

The railroad gave the town its name (public domain).
The railroad gave the town its name (public domain). | Source

Historic Heritage Park

Santa Fe Springs and its Native Americans were discovered by the Spanish several hundred of years ago. However, the town was settled by European-Americans and founded in the 1800s, beginning with a single large ranch known as the Hathaway Ranch.

Today, a city park is administered under the governance of the local library and the City of Santa Fe Springs with an adobe dwelling, the actual ranch, a steam locomotive that is tribute to the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe, a museum, a windmill, an aviary, a plant conservatory, and other exhibits.

Judy Garland - The Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe

Tongva at the Park

The park also honors the local Indigenous People, the Tongva, later called the Gabrieliño ("of San Gabriel") communities of Native Americans with a replicant Tongva Village.Tongva translates as "People of the Earth" and the people believed that their sole God, Quaoar, led them to their homeland from the northern parts of California.

Courage is a hallmark of these people and is notable in the tradition of lying on hills of fire ants and allow them to bite in order to show strength.

The native nation went into decline after the third wave of Spanish settled with the Mission of San Gabriel in 1771 and today, only between 200 - 400 Tongva remain. They have organized for education and mutual support and now live in both Los Angeles and Orange Counties. One of their goals is US Federal Recognition and the prevention of their burial grounds being dug up for condominiums and other commercial endeavors.

The UCLA American Indian Studies Center remains connected with this nation and their events and progress.

Evidence of the Tongva exists in Santa Fe Springs archeologically from a time period in the range of 12,000 - 17,000 years into the past. After a long struggle from 1500 AD - present, the native nation was rewarded by the nearby City of San Gabriel and State of California with resolutions that the Gabrieleño-Tongva Nation is the original Indigenous Peoples of the Los Angeles Basin.

Re-education in the Indigenous community with native languages and traditions began in 2004. In 2008, major headway was made by Chief Red Blood Anthony Morales into saving traditional burial grounds from commercial development.

Native Tongva Garden - Two Dozen Native Plants

Yucca whipplei (flower)or "Our Lord's Candle", used for food, baskets, clothing, and rope. (Photos public domain.)
Yucca whipplei (flower)or "Our Lord's Candle", used for food, baskets, clothing, and rope. (Photos public domain.)
A symbol for the dwarf planet Quaoar (public domain by Denis Moskowitz at
A symbol for the dwarf planet Quaoar (public domain by Denis Moskowitz at

Tongva in Outer Space and California

In 2002, a dwarf planet near Pluto was discovered by astronomers from Cal Tech, using the Palomar Observatory. The planet was named Quaoar in order to honor the Tongva people's Supreme Being. It is an internationl policy to name certain minor planets discovered within our solar system with the names of creator gods of Indigenous Peoples around the world.

A few years after the discovery of the dwarf planeet, a moon was discovered orbiting around it , and naming rights were given to the Tongva themselves, who live around Los Angeles and Santa Fe Springs. They chose the name of sky god Weywot, son of Quaoar.

In addition to naming celestial bodies, other honors have been given the Tongva people and other Native communities in the area of Santa Fe Springs.

For example, the Governor and the State of California honored the Tongva and other Southern Californian Native Americans by producing legislation.

The new laws bring the Indigenous populations into the land-use decision-making process regarding their former tribal lands. This Californian accomplishment is the first such legislation in all of America.

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You can even get a car.
You can even get a car. | Source

Jobs in Santa Fe Springs More Than Triple

Within a 25-mile radius of Santa Fe Springs, over 257,000 jobs are advertised at the end of November 2013. This is in contrast with 78,000 jobs in mid-2009.

Highest Demand Jobs:

  1. IT Project Managers
  2. Sales Managers
  3. Account Managers
  4. Truck Drivers
  5. Business Analysts
  6. Traveling Nurses and Physical Therapists
  7. Nurse Practitioners and Medical Assistants
  8. Instructional Staff at University of Southern California
  9. Accountants
  10. Financial Analysts
  11. Loan Officers
  12. Retail Sales Representatives
  13. Accounting Managers
  14. Construction Managers

Largest Employers

The companies that support the largest numbers of workers in and around Santa Fe Springs are:

  1. Federal, State, Local Governments
  2. East Los Angeles College
  3. Long Beach City College
  4. Cypress College
  5. Coast Plaza Doctors Hospital
  6. Metropolitan State Hospital
  7. Cerritos College
  8. Biola University
  9. Rio Hondo College
  10. Whittier Hospital

Top Hiring Companies

The leading job listers on Internet sites across the USA:

  1. Deloitte
  2. Swift Transportation - Trucking
  3. C.R. England Trucking Company
  4. Healthcare Travelers
  5. Procare One
  6. Bank Of America
  7. Wells Fargo
  8. SPACEX - NASA Commercial Crew member.
  9. University of Southern California
  10. Fircroft - energy
  11. J.P. Chase - Financial/Banking
  12. CyberCoders - IT


Hundreds of Internships are available with the following companies near Santa Fe Springs and Los Angeles and many others.

  • Universal Pictures
  • Marvel Animation
  • Lawrence Bender Productions
  • Breathless Films
  • MTV

Apply online through Quarterlife at QUARTERLIFE.

Check the following educational facilities for their internship offerings as well, especially in Long Beach and East LA.

Local Colleges and Universities

  • Biola University
  • Cerritos College
  • Cypress College
  • East Los Angeles College
  • Forklift Safety College
  • Long Beach City College
  • National Polytechnic College
  • Presbyterian Theological Seminary
  • Rio Hondo College
  • Southern California Institute of Architecture
  • SCU Health Sciences
  • Whittier College

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    • sukkran profile image

      Mohideen Basha 

      11 years ago from TRICHY, TAMIL NADU, INDIA.

      hi, patty inglish, really a great hub. it is informative with useful links and ref. thumbs up.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      11 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Thank you, Rochelle; I'm glad for your visit. I knew there had to be several good reasons for this city to make the Top 10 out of over 400 cities considered and I found at least a few. I was very happy about the archeological and cultural items. Thanks for sharing your connection with the city - it makes it all the more intersting to me and our readers. :)

    • Rochelle Frank profile image

      Rochelle Frank 

      11 years ago from California Gold Country

      Patty, i'll have to admit that I do not read a lot of your hubs. This is mainly because i am not job hunting. I did look at this one because when I was in college (CSULB) the print shop for our campus paper was in Santa Fe Springs. It was, of course in the industrial section. I probably thought this was all there was.

      I was very pleased and surprised to see the historical remnants and archeological items that are being preserved.

      You do such a great job of packing in so many references and links.


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