Located eight miles east of downtown Los Angeles, Alhambra is often referred to as the "Gateway to the San Gabriel Valley." A distinctive city logo depicts a Moorish-style archway leading into the city reminiscent of the historic Alhambra in Granada, Spain. The City received its name from a book entitled The Alhambra by Washington Irving, published in 1832, 71 years before its incorporation in 1903. The majority of land within the City's current boundaries was included in a 1771 land grant that led to the establishment of the nearby San Gabriel Mission.
While its history and origins retain a heavy Spanish influence, the City's current population of 85,804 consists of a wide range of ethnic groups and many businesses in and around Alhambra have ties to international commerce. Residents of Alhambra are served by Alhambra Hospital and Medical Center and Alhambra is home to one of the region’s premiere meeting and conference locations, Almansor Court.
More information can be obtained about civic and business opportunities through the Alhambra Chamber of Commerce.