Mid-Wilshire is a densely populated residential neighborhood in the central region of Los Angeles, California. Its commercial and public-use areas also make it the site of world-class museums and research centers and of widely known shopping districts and restaurants.
Mid-Wilshire is flanked by: Fairfax, Hancock Park, and Windsor Square to the north; Koreatown, and Arlington Heights to the east; Mid-City to the south; and Mid-City West, Carthay, and Beverly Grove to the west.
The neighborhood is bounded on the north by West Third Street, on the northeast by La Brea Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard, on the east by Crenshaw Boulevard, on the south by Pico Boulevard and on the west by Fairfax Avenue.
The 2000 U.S. Census counted 41,683 residents in the 2.78-square-mile neighborhood—an average of 14,988 people per square mile, among the highest population densities for the city and the county. In 2008 the city estimated that the population had increased to 47,176. The median age for residents was 34, about the city’s average.
Mid-Wilshire was said to be “highly diverse” when compared to the city at large. The ethnic breakdown in 2000 was: whites, 33.6%; blacks, 22.7%; Latinos, 19.9%; Asians, 19.8%; and others, 3.9%. Mexico (16.1%) and Korea (24%) were the most common places of birth for the 25.1% of the residents who were born abroad, a figure that was considered average for the city as a whole.
The median household income in 2008 dollars was $58,483, average for Los Angeles. The average household size of 2.1 people was low for Los Angeles. Renters occupied 78.3% of the housing units, and home- or apartment owners the rest.
Mid-Wilshire residents aged 25 and older holding a four-year degree amounted to 45.2% of the population in 2000, a high rate for both the city and the county. The percentage of residents with a master’s degree was also high.
The schools operating within Mid-Wilshire are:
- Los Angeles Senior High School, LAUSD, 4650 West Olympic Boulevard
- Yeshiva Gedolah of Los Angeles, private high school, 5444 West Olympic Boulevard
- Shalhevet School, private K-12, 910 South Fairfax Avenue
- Los Angeles Community Adult School, 4650 West Olympic Boulevard
- Hancock Park Elementary School, LAUSD, 408 South Fairfax Avenue
- New Los Angeles Charter School, private middle, 1919 South Burnside Avenue
- Cathedral Chapel Elementary School, private, 755 South Cochran Avenue
- Westside Jewish Community Center. private elementary, 5870 West Olympic Boulevard
- Wilshire Crest Elementary School, LAUSD, 5241 West Olympic Boulevard
- Queen Anne Place Elementary School, LAUSD, 1212 Queen Anne Place
- Rejoyce in Jesus Christian School, private, 1304 South Cochran Avenue
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Page Museum, Hancock Park and the La Brea Tar Pits on the north side of Wilshire Boulevard between Fairfax and Curson avenues.
Petersen Automotive Museum, on the southeast corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue. One of the world’s largest automobile museums, the Petersen is a nonprofit organization specializing in automobile history and related educational programs.
Harold A. Henry Park, named after the former city councilman, at Ninth Street and Plymouth Boulevard.
Queen Anne Recreation Center, at 12th Street and West Boulevard, with an auditorium, barbecue pits, baseball diamond (lighted), basketball courts (lighted/indoor, unlighted/outdoor), children’s play area, picnic tables, restrooms and tennis courts (lighted).