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Lake Los Angeles, California
—  CDP  —
Coordinates: 34°37′4″N 117°50′1″W / 34.61778°N 117.83361°W / 34.61778; -117.83361Coordinates: 34°37′4″N 117°50′1″W / 34.61778°N 117.83361°W / 34.61778; -117.83361
Country United States
State California
County Los Angeles
 - Total 13.1 sq mi (33.8 km2)
 - Land 13.0 sq mi (33.7 km2)
 - Water 0.1 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 2,661 ft (811 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 11,523
 Density 885.7/sq mi (342.0/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 93535, 93591
Area code(s) 661
FIPS code 06-39612
GNIS feature ID 1666854

Lake Los Angeles is a census-designated place (CDP) in Los Angeles County, California, United States. The population was 11,523 at the 2000 census. It is located 17 miles (27 km) east of Palmdale's Civic Center.

The region was once called Los Angeles Buttes, since they were the only ones in the northern part of the county.

The film history of the region dates back to 1938. Numerous movies, serials and television series were filmed at Lake Los Angeles for decades. Filmed segments and stock footage of "Bonanza" episodes made at the region include "The Mission", "Gallagher's Sons", "Twilight Town", "Big Shadow on the Land", "The Deed and the Dilemma", "The Oath", "Second Chance" and "Meena".

The eponymous lake is mostly dry today. In 1967, during the 1960s land speculation boom in the Antelope Valley, land developers bought 4,000-acres in the region, sub-divided it into 4,465 lots and artificially refilled the natural lake and named it Lake Los Angeles as an enticement to landbuyers. Advertisements showed a water skier on the lake, and a showcase home on the top of the nearby hill, giving the impression of a resort town. The lake was allowed to evaporate after the initial developers sold their interests. Much of the land was sold to buyers who never visited the area. There are efforts to get the lake filled again but the main obstacle has been funding.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 11,523 people, 3,137 households, and 2,613 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 342.0/km² (885.7/mi²). There were 3,453 housing units at an average density of 102.5/km² (265.4/mi²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 61.01% White, 12.11% African American, 1.49% Native American, 1.00% Asian, 0.16% Pacific Islander, 18.73% from other races, and 5.49% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 33.58% of the population.

There were 3,137 households out of which 52.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.9% were married couples living together, 15.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.7% were non-families. 11.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.66 and the average family size was 3.92.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 39.9% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 27.9% from 25 to 44, 18.8% from 45 to 64, and 5.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females there were 99.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.7 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $38,794, and the median income for a family was $37,533. Males had a median income of $36,737 versus $24,917 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $12,209. About 19.7% of families and 23.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.5% of those under age 18 and 8.0% of those age 65 or over.


In the state legislature Lake Los Angeles is located in the 17th Senate District, represented by Republican George Runner, and in the 36th Assembly District, represented by Republican Sharon Runner. Federally, Lake Los Angeles is located in California's 25th congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of R +7[2] and is represented by Republican Buck McKeon.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) operates the Lancaster Station in Lancaster, serving Lake Los Angeles.[3]

The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services operates the Antelope Valley Health Center in Lancaster, serving Lake Los Angeles.[4]


  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "Will Gerrymandered Districts Stem the Wave of Voter Unrest?". Campaign Legal Center Blog. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  3. ^ "Lancaster Station." Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Retrieved on January 21, 2010.
  4. ^ "Antelope Valley Health Center." Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. Retrieved on March 18, 2010.


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