Norwalk is bordered by fellow Gateway Cities: the municipalities of Downey, Santa Fe Springs, and Cerritos. The city of 100,000 sits between Interstate 5 and Highway 605, so from your new apartment, all of the greater Los Angeles area is at your fingertips.
<p>The land surrounding present day Norwalk was first settled by the Shoshone tribe. They lived off the land in a largely agricultural society. When the Spanish arrived in the mid-1700s, building missions and roadways, ranching, and mining became prominent. But after California gained statehood in 1848, staples of the economy became forestry and dairy farming. New railway systems brought the wealthy to the wooded area that would one day become the place for relaxation in the countryside. As Los Angeles grew, the farms dried up, and the rural areas were sold to build houses. It was incorporated in 1957, and boundaries between the city and its surrounding communities were blurred by urban sprawl.</p>
Living Among Intellectuals
<p>High school and middle school is served by the award winning Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District, which is also the community's leading employer. Post-secondary students study at Cerritos College which offers certificates and two-year degrees in varying fields.</p>