Located southeast of the city of Los Angeles, California, Santa Fe Springs is well-connected to Los Angeles. Considered a gateway city to Southern California, residents may consider themselves a part of the larger metropolitan area of Los Angeles. Founded on oil wells, Santa Fe Springs still lays claim to a few gushers. Bordering Santa Fe Springs to the east is the Valla neighborhood. Largely middle class, this neighborhood is made up of longtime residents, families, and excellent schools. Light industry provides local employment within the Valla neighborhood.