Sylmar, San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles

Sylmar is generally flat with steep hills neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, California. Famous for profusion of olive orchards Sylmar begun olive production in late 19th Century.

Sylmar is flanked by Tujunga Canyons on the north, Lopez and Kagel canyons on the east, the city of San Fernando on the southeast, Mission Hills on the south, and Granada Hills on the southwest and west.

Sylmar is located at distance of 20 miles from the Pacific Ocean, the neighborhood is hotter in summer and cooler in winter in the city. Sylmar experiences 95 °F as average high temperature and 40 °F as average low.

United States 2000 census counted 69,499 residents in the 12.46-square-mile Sylmar neighborhood or 5,579 people per square mile which is among the lowest population densities for the city with median age 28. The neighborhood was considered “moderately diverse” ethnically. The breakdown was Latinos, 69.8%; whites, 20.7%; blacks, 4.1; Asians, 3.4%, and others, 2.0%. Population of Sylmar was increased up to 79,614 by 2008.

Per year median household income in 2008 was $65,783. Owners held 70.8% of housing stock, apartments and houses of the neighborhood, renters were occupied over 29.2%. The average household size of 3.6 people, a high number for the city.

The neighborhood had been hit by calamities over times such as; earthquake in 1971 followed by explosion methane gas explosion in a water tunnel. An earthquake hit the neighborhood again in 1994. A Wildfire known as the Sayre Fire captured the area in 2008.

By 2000, eleven percent residents were aged 25 and older had earned a four-year degree which is a low percentage both for county and city. Sylmar is being served by fifteen public and eight private schools.

  • Los Angeles Mission College, 13356 Eldrige Avenue
  • Sylmar Senior High School, 13050 Borden Avenue
  • Triumph Charter High School, 14019 Sayre Street
  • Evergreen Continuation School, 13101 Dronfield Avenue
  • Olive Vista Middle School, 14600 Tyler Street
  • Triumph Academy, charter middle school, 14600 Tyler Street
  • Hubbard Street Elementary School, 13325 Hubbard Street
  • Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall, 16350 Filbert Street
  • Herrick Avenue Elementary School, 13350 Herrick Avenue
  • Sylmar Elementary School, 13291 Phillippi Avenue
  • Harding Street Elementary School, 13060 Harding Street
  • El Dorado Avenue Elementary School, 12749 El Dorado Avenue
  • Dyer Street Elementary School, 14500 Dyer Street
  • Osceola Street Elementary School, 14940 Osceola Street
  • Vista del Valle Dual Language Academy, 12441 Bromont Avenue

List of private schools are:

  • First Lutheran High School, 13361 Glenoaks Boulevard
  • Concordia Junior-Senior High School, 13570 Eldridge Avenue.
  • St. Anne’s Academy, 13982 Tucker Avenue
  • Our Lady of Victory School, K-12, 14024 Bridle Ridge Road
  • Sunland Christian School, K-12, 13216 Leach Street
  • Poverello of Assisi Preschool, 13367 Borden Avenue
  • Park Montessori Children’s Center, 13130 Herrick Avenue
  • St. Didacus Elementary School, 14325 Astoria Street

Los Angeles Public Library operates the Sylmar Branch.

The Recreation Center serves as Los Angeles Police Department as well and offers auditoriums, a lighted baseball diamond, lighted outdoor basketball courts, a children’s play area, a community room, an indoor gymnasium without weights, picnic tables, an unlighted soccer field, and lighted tennis courts.
The city also operates the Stetson Ranch Park.
A community Park named El Cariso Community Regional Park has a lighted ball diamond, a basketball court, tennis courts, children’s play areas, a community building, horseshoe pits, an indoor kitchen, picnic areas for large groups, picnic tables and shelters, and a swimming pool.