If you ever plan on visiting Los Angeles, you should take the time and visit Long Beach and the town of Downey. Downey, California boasts approximately 108,000 citizens and is about 13 miles from downtown Los Angeles. The city of Downey was named in honor of former California Governor, John Gately Downey. The city has a huge Spanish influence and as a matter of fact, nearly 45 percent of Downey's racial makeup is of non-white races. With all the different ethnicities in one area you would think there would be a high crime rate but that is far from the truth. In 2003, Downey was average when it came to thefts but for major crimes such as murder and robbery, Downey, California was way below the national average for cities of their size and magnitude. Another good thing about Downey is its close proximity to the Los Angeles area. Here you can get the world famous beaches, Hollywood, and just the West Coast ambience all within short drive. Downey is your hardworking, LA surburban town that shows some of the best that the greater Los Angeles area has to offer. The next time you go to Los Angeles, make sure to stroll through the wonderful city of Downey, California.