La Mirada is a city in southeast Los Angeles County, and is one of the Gateway Cities. The population was 48,527 at the 2010 Census, up from 46,783 at the 2000 Census. The city of La Mirada was listed on CNN Money Magazine's "Best Place to Live" list. La Mirada placed 34th on the list, with the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts and the Splash! La Mirada Regional Aquatics Center as two of its main attributes.It is also the home of Biola University, an evangelical Christian institution of higher education.
La Mirada (Spanish for the look) was the creation of two men, Andrew McNally, a printer and mapmaker from Chicago and his son-in-law Edwin Neff. In 1888, McNally purchased over 2,200 acres of Rancho Los Coyotes,south of Whittier, for $200,000. He developed 700 acres into his own home called Windermere Ranch and surrounded it with olive, orange and lemon groves. McNally built a plant to process the olive oil, which was of the best quality, as well as a railroad station on Stage Road.