The years since its incorporation have seen Duarte develop from a primarily agricultural community into a flourishing urban one. Services, manufacturing and trades are among the leading industries in Duarte, which hosts such major employers as the City of Hope National Medical Center, Walmart, Target Stores, Ralph’s Grocery Store, Santa Teresita Medical Center, Advantage Ford Lincoln and Nissan of Duarte.
Shop Duarte is a phrase you hear often in the city. When you Shop Duarte, you help businesses and return sales tax dollars to the local economy, which enables the city to enhance services. Duarte has small shops and large, nationally known stores. In addition, the Central Avenue Automobile Complex boasts some of the highest sales figures of new and used cars in the state and country.
Although Duarte remains a primarily residential community, the city’s proactive development efforts make it an ideal place to locate or expand a business. The city takes pride in the attractive and balanced commercial developments found throughout the community. In 2012 the City of Duarte received the prestigious “Most Business Friendly City”
San Gabriel Valley’s Business Advantages
Large, well-trained workforce
Excellent access to national and international markets
Large, well-established international trade support infrastructure
Diversified economic base
Opportunities for higher education
More universities and colleges than any other
Los Angeles County area
Leading tourist destination
Available modes of transportation
Competitive cost structure
Weather and geography
Award with a population of 60,000 and under in Los Angeles County by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC).
Duarte is also a special place for small, ambitious companies. The reasons are clear: a location central to the entire Southern California basin, reasonable costs, a skilled labor pool, and business-friendly local government.