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West Athens, California
Location of West Athens in Los Angeles County, California
Location of West Athens in Los Angeles County, California
West Athens, California is located in the United States
West Athens, California
West Athens, California
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  California
County Flag of Los Angeles County, California.svg Los Angeles
Area
 • Total 1.336 sq mi (3.461 km2)
 • Land 1.336 sq mi (3.461 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)  0%
Elevation
190 ft (58 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 9,393
 • Density 7,030.7/sq mi (2,714.0/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (PST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
90044, 90047
Area code(s) 323/310
FIPS code 06-84116
GNIS feature ID 1867067

West Athens is a census-designated place (CDP) in Los Angeles County, California, United States. The population was 9,393 at the 2020 census. It is an unincorporated community within the 2nd Supervisorial District of Los Angeles County. West Athens is served by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, operating out of the South Los Angeles Station. The approximate boundaries for West Athens are: 87th Street to the north, Vermont Avenue to the east, El Segundo Boulevard to the south, and approximately Western Avenue to Van Ness Avenue to the west. West Athens is predominantly residential, with commercial uses along its main corridors. Los Angeles Southwest Community College lies within the West Athens neighborhood and city limits.

Geography

West Athens is located at 33°55′21″N 118°18′4″W / 33.92250°N 118.30111°W / 33.92250; -118.30111 (33.922414, -118.301156).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2), all land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 13,286
1980 8,531 −35.8%
1990 8,859 3.8%
2000 9,101 2.7%
2010 8,729 −4.1%
2020 9,393 7.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
2010 2020

2020 census

West Athens CDP, California - Demographic Profile
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race / Ethnicity Pop 2010 Pop 2020 % 2010 % 2020
White alone (NH) 116 144 1.33% 1.53%
Black or African American alone (NH) 4,492 4,473 51.46% 47.62%
Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH) 8 24 0.09% 0.26%
Asian alone (NH) 104 187 1.19% 1.99%
Pacific Islander alone (NH) 6 28 0.07% 0.30%
Some Other Race alone (NH) 53 82 0.61% 0.87%
Mixed Race/Multi-Racial (NH) 107 234 1.23% 2.49%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 3,843 4,221 44.03% 44.94%
Total 8,729 9,393 100.00% 100.00%

Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race.

Per the 2020 Census, the population was 9,393.

2010 Census

At the 2010 census West Athens had a population of 8,729. The population density was 6,531.5 people per square mile (2,521.8/km2). The racial makeup of West Athens was 1,584 (18.1%) White (1.3% Non-Hispanic White), 4,578 (52.4%) African American, 31 (0.4%) Native American, 111 (1.3%) Asian, 10 (0.1%) Pacific Islander, 2,127 (24.4%) from other races, and 288 (3.3%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3,843 persons (44.0%).

The census reported that 8,674 people (99.4% of the population) lived in households, 50 (0.6%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 5 (0.1%) were institutionalized.

There were 2,525 households, 1,261 (49.9%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 1,028 (40.7%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 774 (30.7%) had a female householder with no husband present, 227 (9.0%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 175 (6.9%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 10 (0.4%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 378 households (15.0%) were one person and 138 (5.5%) had someone living alone who was 65 or older. The average household size was 3.44. There were 2,029 families (80.4% of households); the average family size was 3.77.

The age distribution was 2,539 people (29.1%) under the age of 18, 1,025 people (11.7%) aged 18 to 24, 2,275 people (26.1%) aged 25 to 44, 1,994 people (22.8%) aged 45 to 64, and 896 people (10.3%) who were 65 or older. The median age was 32.1 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.7 males.

There were 2,691 housing units at an average density of 2,013.5 per square mile, of the occupied units 1,328 (52.6%) were owner-occupied and 1,197 (47.4%) were rented. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.8%; the rental vacancy rate was 8.4%. 4,427 people (50.7% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 4,247 people (48.7%) lived in rental housing units.

According to the 2010 United States Census, West Athens had a median household income of $46,391, with 23.6% of the population living below the federal poverty line.

Education

West Athens is served by the Los Angeles Unified School District such as:

Schools

  • West Athens Elementary School
  • Clay Middle School
  • Washington Preparatory High School

Colleges

  • Los Angeles Southwest College

Infrastructure

Emergency services

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) operates the South Los Angeles Station serving West Athens. It also operates the Audrey & Sydney Irmas Youth Activity Center in West Athens.

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