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Overview

Introduction to West Hollywood, California

West Hollywood, California, in Los Angeles county, is 7 miles SW of Burbank, California (center to center) and 7 miles W of Los Angeles, California. The population swells during the night hours and on the weekends when residents from neighboring cities show up to enjoy the shops, restaurants and the entertainment. The Halloween and the Gay & Lesbian Pride Parade attract a huge crowd. The city includes a large number of gay-oriented businesses and is one of the prominent gay communities in the nation. West Hollywood also has a large Jewish population. It's a green community and known for being "pet friendly."

West Hollywood History

The Tongva Indians were the original inhabitants. Juan Cabrillo arrived during the late 18th century and claimed the area for Spain. By 1771 disease severely decimated the Indians. Most of the acreage became part of the Rancho La Brea. During the end of the 19th century the town of Sherman was founded. During these years the town began its reputation as being liquor friendly and slightly regulated.

The city later became known as West Hollywood in order to take advantage of the glamour associated with Hollywood. During the 1920s The Sunset Strip became filled with nightclubs and casinos. The town was often visited by well known movie stars. During the late 1960s the Sunset Strip became known for its hippie culture. Later, it became a prominent gay village.

West Hollywood Attractions and Activities

  • The well known Sunset Strip includes prominent boutiques, restaurants, rock clubs and night clubs. The strip is known for colorful billboards and is a popular destination for rock and movie stars.
  • The Roxy Theater is a famous nightclub which offers well known music performers.
  • The West Hollywood Halloween Carnival is regarded as one of the largest Halloween Street parties in the country.
  • Christopher Street West is a popular gay pride parade.
  • The Pacific Design Center is a unique looking building.
  • The portion of Santa Monica Boulevard from La Cienega Boulevard to Robertson Boulevard is often called "boys town" and is one of the world's most popular gay neighborhoods. It features numerous bars, restaurants and nightclubs.
  • The Sunset Marquis is a well known hotel which includes the famous Whisky Bar and a recording studio.
  • The western portion of Melrose Boulevard has a large number of popular clothing boutiques, antique stores, restaurants and interior design businesses.
  • The district near Fountain Avenue, Harper Avenue and Havenhusrt Drive features a collection of Spanish Revival and Art Deco style apartment buildings designed by prominent architects.
  • The city includes numerous popular spas.
  • The MAK Center at Schindler House features unique architecture.
  • Sunset Plaza offers chic boutiques and popular bistros.

The city features a large number of popular venues including the Comedy Store, Formosa Cafe, Hyatt West Hollywood, Barney's Beanery, Whisky a Go Go, The Troubadour, The Viper Room, Rainbow Bar and Grill and it offers well known restaurants such as Lucques, Ago and Morton's.

Demographics

People

Total Population35,661
Male Share of the Population58%
Female Share of the Population42%
Senior Citizens14.5%
Employed Population 16+24,576
Age of the Population39

Families

% of people married22.9%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher64.9%
Median Earnings25+$49,685
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$15,639
Median Earnings With High School Degree$35,108

Wealth

Median Family Income$92,867
% Above Poverty Level86.3%
% Below Poverty Level13.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time27 minutes
% Working from Home11.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work5.7%
% Using Public Transportation3.1%

Housing

People Living Alone58.1%
Median Gross Rent$1,446
Median House Value$642,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)30.8%
German13%
Irish12.1%
Italian11.1%
Russian8.5%
English8%
Polish4.7%
Ukrainian4.2%
French Except Basque3.6%
Iranian2%
Scottish1.9%
Dutch1.7%
Norwegian1.5%
Israeli1.5%
Swedish1.3%
Greek1.1%
Arab1.1%
Austrian1%
Romanian0.9%
Hungarian0.9%
US/American0.8%
Portuguese0.7%
African0.7%
Welsh0.7%
Czech0.7%
Danishn0.6%
Canadian0.5%
Australian0.5%
Finnish0.4%
Turkish0.4%
Lithuanian0.4%
Swiss0.3%
Egyptian0.2%
Serbian0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Estonian0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Albanian0.1%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
South African0.1%
Moroccan0.1%
Macedonian0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
Croatian0.1%
New Zealand0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Iraqi0.1%
Slovene0.1%
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West Hollywood Almanac

CategoryValue
County Los Angeles County
Standard Zip Codes90069, 90038, 90046, 90048
Phone Area Codes323,818, 310
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude34.09
Approximate Longitude-118.38

West Hollywood Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationLOS ANGELES DOWNTOWN USC
Distance5.2 miles
Jan Temp49 to 68 F
Apr Temp54 to 73 F
Jul Temp65 to 84 F
Oct Temp60 to 79 F
Annual Precip15.1 inches
StationU C L A
Distance5.4 miles
Jan Temp49 to 66 F
Apr Temp53 to 69 F
Jul Temp62 to 77 F
Oct Temp59 to 75 F
Annual Precip18.6 inches
StationPASADENA
Distance12.8 miles
Jan Temp44 to 68 F
Apr Temp50 to 76 F
Jul Temp61 to 89 F
Oct Temp55 to 83 F
Annual Precip21 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Beverly Hills34,627$141,721
Burbank104,583$84,527
Culver City39,395$102,787
Glendale197,895$66,671
Los Angeles3,918,872$57,055
Santa Monica92,247$117,297

West Hollywood Public Schools

Larchmont Charter
1265 N. Fairfax Ave.
ZIP: 90046
Other
Total Enrollment 1362
West Hollywood Opportunity
1049 Fairfax Ave.
ZIP: 90046
High
Total Enrollment 79
West Hollywood Elementary
970 N. Hammond St.
ZIP: 90069
Primary
Total Enrollment 382

West Hollywood Private Schools

Abc Little Schools - West Hollywood
927 N Fairfax Ave
ZIP: 90046
Elementary
Total Enrollment 11
Beverly Hills Montessori School
1105 N Laurel Ave
ZIP: 90046
Elementary
Total Enrollment 3
Fountain Day School
1128 N Orange Grove Ave
ZIP: 90046
Elementary
Total Enrollment 12
West Hollywood Children's Academy
1030 N Vista St
ZIP: 90046
Elementary
Total Enrollment 11
West Hollywood College Prep School
1317 N Crescent Heights Blvd
ZIP: 90046
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 54
Center For Early Education
563 N Alfred St
ZIP: 90048
Elementary
Total Enrollment 418
Maimonides Academy
310 Huntley Dr
ZIP: 90048
Elementary
Total Enrollment 387
Pacific Hills School
8628 Holloway Dr
ZIP: 90069
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 166
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