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Downey is a city located in Los Angeles County, California, United States, 13 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 107,323.

Downey geography

Downey is located at 33°56'17" North, 118°7'51" West (33.938164, -118.130801).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 32.6 km² (12.6 mi²). 32.2 km² (12.4 mi²) of it is land and 0.4 km² (0.2 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 1.35% water.

The cities of South Gate and Bell Gardens are adjacent to the west and northwest, Pico Rivera lies to the northeast, Santa Fe Springs and Norwalk to the east, and Paramount and Bellflower are to the south.

The city can be conveniently reached by any of four freeways: Interstate 105 with its Metro rail line passes through the southern part of the city, Interstate 5 and Interstate 605 pass along the eastern side, and Interstate 710 passes just west of the city.

Downey history

Downey was founded by and named for the former governor of California, John Gately Downey, when he subdivided the land he owned between the Rio Hondo and the San Gabriel River. The Southern Pacific Railroad arrived in 1873, and farmers in the area grew grain, corn, castor beans and fruit until around 1940.

Downey was incorporated in 1956, and instituted a charter form of government in 1964. Suburban homes and factories replaced the farms after World War II. Two of the largest employers were the Boeing and Rockwell aerospace facilities which produced some of the systems for the space shuttle. The seventy year history of airplane and space vehicle manufacturing in Downey came to an end when the Rockwell plant closed in 1999.

Downey is also the site of the world's oldest remaining McDonald's drive-in restaurant.

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