South Gate is located at 33°57'16" North, 118°12'39" West (33.954722, -118.211111).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.48 mi2 (19.38 km2). 7.37 mi2 (19.08 km2) of it is land and 0.12 mi2 (0.30 km2) of it is covered by water. The total area is 1.57% water.
South Gate is located in the Pacific Standard Time (PST) timezone, GMT-08:00. It observes Daylight Saving Time (DST).