Culver City Fact Sheet


First known inhabitants: Gabrieliños / Tongva

Characteristics: peace loving, monotheistic, highly developed language, had a system of money, named for their nearness to the San Gabriel Mission 

Early Settlers: Agustin Machado, early 1800s, founded Rancho La Ballona* with his brother Ygnacio Machado and Felipe and Tomás Talamantes 
*Rancho Rincón de los Bueyes was the second rancho from which Culver City was carved.

Other early families: Higuera, Ybarra, Lugo, Rocha and Saenz

Culver City's Founder: Harry H. Culver (announced his plans in LA in 1913) 

Year of Incorporation: 1917

Charter City : 1947

City's area at incorporation: 1.2 square miles

City's area in 2001: 4.987 square miles, approx. (due to 42 annexations)

Culver City Flower: Lantana

Current Population: 40,779 (2020 United States Census)

Wording on City Seal: City of Culver City-The Heart of Screenland-Incorporated 1917

City Hall: 9770 Culver Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90232

Early elected officials: Trustees

Current Elected City Officials:
Five member City Council (elections in April, even-numbered years). Annually, the Council rotate Committee Assignments and the appointment of the Mayor and Vice Mayor.

Culver City Unified School District-a unified (K-12) district since 1949 
Five member Board of Education (elections in November, odd-numbered years)

Culver City has five operating public elementary schools (including a language magnet), Culver City Middle School, Culver City High School, Culver Park High School (alternative high school), Adult School, and a Children's Center.

County, State and Federal Elected Officials information

Culver City history provided by Julie Lugo Cerra, Culver City Historian.