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West Athens, California
—  CDP  —
Location of West Athens in Los Angeles County, California.
Coordinates: 33°55′21″N 118°18′4″W / 33.9225°N 118.30111°W / 33.9225; -118.30111
Country United States
State California
County Los Angeles
 - Total 1.3 sq mi (3.5 km2)
 - Land 1.3 sq mi (3.5 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 190 ft (58 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 9,101
 - Density 6,784.4/sq mi (2,619.5/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 90044, 90047
Area code(s) 323
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 9,101 at the 2000 census. It is an unincorporated area (meaning it is not part of any incorporated city) 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 Lennox 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 West Athens.



West Athens is located at 33°55′21″N 118°18′4″W / 33.9225°N 118.30111°W / 33.9225; -118.30111 (33.922414, -118.301156).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.5 km² (1.3 mi²), all land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 9,101 people, 2,573 households, and 2,102 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 2,622.3/km² (6,784.4/mi²). There were 2,673 housing units at an average density of 770.2/km² (1,992.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 12.90% White, 65.09% African American, 0.58% Native American, 1.58% Asian, 0.41% Pacific Islander, 25.13% from other races, and 3.31% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 25.30% of the population.

There were 2,573 households out of which 45.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.4% were married couples living together, 28.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.3% were non-families. 14.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.54 and the average family size was 3.83.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 35.1% under the age of 18, 10.3% from 18 to 24, 28.3% from 25 to 44, 19.0% from 45 to 64, and 7.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females there were 89.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.7 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $35,423, and the median income for a family was $39,028. Males had a median income of $27,484 versus $31,750 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $12,903. About 24.0% of families and 25.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 35.9% of those under age 18 and 18.6% of those age 65 or over.


West Athens is served by the Los Angeles Unified School District.


In the state legislature West Athens is located in the 25th Senate District, represented by Democrat Rod Wright, and in the 51st Assembly District, represented by Democrat Curren D. Price Jr.. Federally, West Athens is located in California's 35th congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of D +33[3] and is represented by Democrat Maxine Waters.

External links

  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  3. ^ "Will Gerrymandered Districts Stem the Wave of Voter Unrest?". Campaign Legal Center Blog. Retrieved 2008-02-10.  

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