Sierra Madre was incorporated as a city in 1907, is home to about 10793 residents, and has a population density of 3657.4 persons per square mile. Sierra Madre is situated in the San Gabriel Valley foothills. The Angeles National Forest is at its northern border, with Arcadia lying to its eastern and southern fringes, while Pasadena and Altadena are its western neighbors.
The city’s downtown area has small shops and restaurants. Sierra Madre has two canyons located at the city’s north and northeast – Lower and Upper Sierra Madre Canyons. The small communities located in these areas have small bungalows, and the roads are narrow and winding. This portion of the city also offers residents lovely views of the San Gabriel Valley.
It is popularly known as “Wisteria City” due to the vine’s presence in the community. In fact, it hosts an annual Wistaria Festival to celebrate its one acre-wide vine that was planted in the 1890s.