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Pico Rivera is definately better than most Los Angeles cities looking at the Real Estate side, the price of a property here compared to similar priced areas. Every city has it's bad areas, but overall Pico Rivera for the price is by far head and shoulders above all else
I do not believe it is a middle class city. It is rather working class. Not as much crime on the south side and not a far drive from good schools, if you want your kids to get a better education. Good place to start a family if you are planning to move out in the future.
The Good: Virtually close to anything between LA and the OC, thanks to being near major freeways.
The Bad: Virtually close to being shot, due to low education, income, and poor LA Sheriff protection.
The Ugly: Due to overzealous emphasis to bringing in small and large commerce, major intersections look beyond crowded. It's even worse when you realize most of the shops along Whittier Blvd. are out of business and empty.
15 minutes from downtown (when there is no conjestion). What else is there to say. Oh yeah purchased my own home outright! 10,000 sq.ft lot, awesome neighbors, been know to leave my house unlocked on a few occasions with no problems.
I completely disagree with M. Morales. I moved to Rivera in 1954 before it merged with Pico, hence, Pico Rivera. What was once a quiet beautiful area became a cesspool. Apartment complexes, definitely more than a hand full, eg; Paramount/Whittier, Paramount/Washington, Passons/Slauson, Passons one block south of Slauson behind Ralphs, All long Rosemead between Whittier Blvd & Washington, et al, definitely more than a handful. Too many gangs, crime, drugs, and filth, filth, filth, graffitti, graffitti, and more graffitti. I do agree it is near major freeways and shopping centers.
I no longer live there, moved after 52 years. In fact, I left the state.
The city is beautiful. It is surrounded by major freeways. It has an amazing shopping center in the middle of the city. And it is largely populated with middle class home owners. Seriously, you can count the number of apartment complexes in one hand. The down side, is that the children of the middle class home owners forget that they are in fact part of the privileged middle class, and as a result, certain areas are ruined by gang violence.
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