Central Los Angeles


Central Los Angeles is a 57.87-square-mile region of Los Angeles County, California. There are twenty-three neighborhoods in the city of Los Angeles, as well as Griffith Park, the city’s largest public park.

According to the United State census of 2000, Central Los Angeles had 836,638 inhabitants in its 57.87 square miles, including the Griffith and Elysian parks, which amounted to 14,458 people per square mile. The densest neighborhood was Koreatown, and the least dense was Elysian Park.

The four populated regions in Central Los Angeles were: Koreatown with 42,611 residents per square mile, followed by Westlake, 38,214; East Hollywood, 31,095, and Pico-Union, 25,352.

The ethnic breakdown in 2000 was Latino, 46.1%; white, 26.4%, Asian, 16.2%; black, 8.2%, and other, 3.1%. Mid-Wilshire was the most ethnically diverse neighborhood and Pico-Union the least.

About 81% of the area’s population lived in rental units, while 19% lived in owner-occupied housing. Westlake was the neighborhood with the highest rental occupancy, and Hollywood Hills West had the lowest. The latter district also had the oldest population, and Pico-Union had the youngest. Hollywood Hills West also was the wealthiest neighborhood, and Downtown was the poorest. Hollywood Hills West was the neighborhood with the largest percentage of residents holding a four-year academic degree, and Pico-Union had the lowest percentage.