Introduction to Beverly Hills, California

Beverly Hills, California, in Los Angeles county, is 6 miles NE of Santa Monica, California (center to center) and 9 miles W of Los Angeles, California. The city is a popular tourist destination and features some of the largest houses in the county and the United States. Beverly Hills is one of the most expensive housing areas in the nation. It's bordered on the north by the Santa Monica Mountains.

The community has a large number of celebrity residents. The well known Sunset Boulevard traverses through the city. Most residents live in the flat areas. The most expensive homes are situated in the hills. Beverly Hills includes a large Iranian-American community.

Beverly Hills History

In 1769 Gaspar de Portola and his expedition arrived in the region. The expedition included Franciscan priests. In 1848 California was acquired by the United States in the Treaty of Guadeloupe Hidalgo. It was named after the rolling hills situated in Beverly Massachusetts. In 1906 the Percy H. Clark Co. announced that Beverly Hills was open.

In 1911 construction began on the famous Beverly Hills Hotel. Numerous show business celebrities made Beverly Hills their home. The city created a marketing campaign which emphasized it was one of the most glamorous cities in the world for shopping.

Beverly Hills Attractions

  • The Beverly Hills Food Festival is an annual event occurring in the Beverly Gardens Park.
  • Two Rodeo offers a variety of restaurants, boutiques and salons.
  • Greystone Mansion is a Tudor style structure and is included in the National Register of Historic Places. The mansion and the land are often featured in movies and on television.
  • Walden Drive is an attractive street and is often featured in movies.
  • The historic City Hall is an impressive structure.
  • Rodeo Drive is a well known, expensive shopping location.
  • Museum of Radio and Television features a huge collection of television and radio programs.
  • Beverly Drive is a popular shopping destination.
  • A trolley ride through Beverly Hills is available which travels by the homes of celebrities and well known shopping areas.

Beverly Hills Activities

The Beverly Gardens Park is situated along Santa Monica Boulevard and includes a jogging path, gardens and a pond. La Cienega Park is a popular destination and provides opportunities for athletic activities. The Los Angeles Country Club is popular with celebrities. Hollywood, the beautiful beaches in Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Pier are nearby. Los Angeles is a short distance away and offers a wide variety of activities and entertainment.

Beverly Hills Higher Education

UCLA is nearby.

Beverly Hills Transportation

Air travel is provided at the Los Angeles International Airport.


Total Population 34,663
Male Share of the Population 45.7%
Female Share of the Population 54.3%
Senior Citizens 20.1%
Employed Population 16+ 16,891
Age of the Population 42


% of people married 48.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 61.1%
Median Earnings25+ $63,130
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $30,364
Median Earnings With High School Degree $44,808


Median Family Income $136,726
% Above Poverty Level 91.1%
% Below Poverty Level 8.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 13.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.9%
% Using Public Transportation 1.9%


People Living Alone 36.8%
Median Gross Rent $1,928
Median House Value $1,727,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 24.3%
US/American 0.7%
English 4.6%
Irish 4.5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Beverly Hills Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles NE of Santa Monica, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 9 miles W of Los Angeles, California
County Los Angeles
Standard Zip Codes 90210, 90211, 90212
P.O. Box Zip Codes 90209, 90213
Phone Area Codes 310
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.073
Longitude -118.399

Beverly Hills Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station U C L A
Distance 2.9 miles
Jan Temp 49 to 66 F
Apr Temp 53 to 69 F
Jul Temp 62 to 77 F
Oct Temp 59 to 75 F
Annual Precip 18.6 inches
Distance 8.5 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 68 F
Apr Temp 50 to 75 F
Jul Temp 62 to 89 F
Oct Temp 54 to 82 F
Annual Precip 17.4 inches
Distance 12.2 miles
Jan Temp 40 to 68 F
Apr Temp 45 to 78 F
Jul Temp 57 to 95 F
Oct Temp 49 to 84 F
Annual Precip 17.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Culver City 39,469 $102,115
Glendale 196,984 $62,543
Inglewood 111,411 $45,954
Los Angeles 3,900,794 $54,939
Santa Monica 92,169 $115,567
West Hollywood 35,332 $80,325

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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