El Monte is a residential, industrial, and commercial city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. The city lies in the San Gabriel Valley, east of the city of Los Angeles. El Monte's slogan is "Welcome to Friendly El Monte" and historically is known as "The End of the Santa Fe Trail". In place of the sleepy little town of orchards, flower fields and farms and dairies, is an urban community of homes, schools and parks supported by an expanding industrial and commercial base. Located approximately 12 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, El Monte is the hub of the San Gabriel Valley, where two major freeways – Interstates 605 and 10 – intersect. The median home value in El Monte is 534,232.
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