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Ladera Heights, California
—  CDP  —
Location of Ladera Heights in Los Angeles County, California.
Coordinates: 33°59′20″N 118°22′27″W / 33.98889°N 118.37417°W / 33.98889; -118.37417Coordinates: 33°59′20″N 118°22′27″W / 33.98889°N 118.37417°W / 33.98889; -118.37417
Country United States
State California
County Los Angeles
Area
 - Total 2.9 sq mi (7.6 km2)
 - Land 2.9 sq mi (7.6 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 305 ft (93 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 6,568
 Density 2,230.6/sq mi (861.3/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 90056
Area code(s) 310
FIPS code 06-39108
GNIS feature ID 1867032

Ladera Heights is a census-designated place and unincorporated area in southwestern Los Angeles County, California. The population was 6,568 at the 2000 census. Culver City lies to its west, the unincorporated area of Baldwin Hills to its north, and the Westchester neighborhood of Los Angeles to its south and southwest.

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The community

As with neighboring View Park-Windsor Hills — a predominately wealthy African-American area — Ladera Heights is an affluent, upper-middle class area. Much of the area's desirability stems from the stunning views of the Pacific Ocean available from many hillside houses, as well as its proximity to beaches, Hollywood, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and the San Diego Freeway.

The area was historically mixed until the early 1980s, when the neighborhood became a mecca for wealthy black families. The Southern California real estate boom of the late 1990s and early 2000s brought into the area a few more upper middle-class families of other races. It is said that Ladera Heights is the "black Brentwood" also a community in Los Angeles. Ladera Heights is an exclusive community consisting mostly of very affluent African-Americans in large ranch homes with ocean views. Equivalents of Ladera's community type include Cheviot Hills, Studio City, and View Park.

Geography

Ladera Heights is located at 33°59′20″N 118°22′27″W / 33.98889°N 118.37417°W / 33.98889; -118.37417 (33.988762, -118.374146).[1] According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.9 square miles (7.6 km²), all of it land.

Ladera Heights is portioned into two sections, known as "Upper Ladera" and "Lower Ladera". Upper Ladera includes all houses north of Slauson in between La Cienega Boulevard and Shenandoah Avenue, while Lower Ladera (the larger of the two) consists of all houses south or Slauson in between Wooster and La Cienega. The Ladera Center, located in Lower Ladera just west of La Cienega Boulevard, hosts a number of local franchise stores and eateries.

Demographics

Ladera Heights CDP
Population by year [1], [2]

2000 10,568
1990 8,316
1980 7,647
1970 6,535

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 6,568 people, 2,691 households, and 1,883 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 2,230.6 people per square mile (862.6/km²). There were 2,755 housing units at an average density of 935.7/sq mi (361.8/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 70.75% African American, 20.07% White, 2.89% Asian, 0.27% Native American, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 1.39% from other races, and 4.54% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.38% of the population.

There were 2,691 households out of which 26.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.0% were married couples living together, 15.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.0% were non-families. 24.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 20.7% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 24.5% from 25 to 44, 29.8% from 45 to 64, and 19.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 81.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.7 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $90,233, and the median income for a family was $103,174. Males had a median income of $64,643 versus $52,750 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $47,798. About 1.1% of families and 3.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.5% of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over.

Ladera Heights neighborhood sign

Education

Ladera Heights is served by the Inglewood Unified School District of Inglewood.

In 2005, a group of residents petitioned to move the area into the Culver City Unified School District of Culver City. This proposal, controversial in both districts, was under consideration by the Los Angeles County Office of Education. The proposal did not go through.

Services

Ladera Heights receives fire protection from the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) operates the Marina del Rey Station in Marina del Rey, serving Ladera Heights.[3]

The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services SPA 5 West Area Health Office serves Ladera Heights.[4]

Politics

In the state legislature Ladera Heights is located in the 25th and 26th Senate Districts, represented by Democrats Curren D. Price, Jr. and Rod Wright respectively, and in the 47th and 51st Assembly Districts, represented by Democrats Karen Bass and Mike Davis respectively. Federally, Ladera Heights is located in California's 33rd congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of D +36[5] and is represented by Democrat Diane Watson.

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