Central Los Angeles

Central Los Angeles is the central, urban region of Los Angeles County, California, lying between the Westside and Eastside.

Central Los Angeles
Regions of Los Angeles County
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The City of Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Department of City Planning divides the city into Area Planning Commission (APC) areas, each further divided into Community Plan areas (CPAs).

The Central Los Angeles APC area is made up of the following six CPAs:[1][2]

Each CPA is divided by neighborhood council.[3][4] Neighborhoods within each CPA include the following:

Central City CPA[5]

Central City North CPA[6]

Wilshire CPA[7]

  • Wilshire Center
  • Koreatown
  • Hancock Park
  • Windsor Square
  • Larchmont
  • Mid-Wilshire
  • Mid-City
  • Beverly–Fairfax
  • Carthay
  • Pico–Robertson (partly)

Hollywood CPA[8]

  • Bird Streets
  • Beachwood Canyon
  • East Hollywood
  • Hollywood
  • Hollywood Hills
  • Laurel Canyon (partly)[9]
  • Little Armenia
  • Los Feliz
  • Thai Town

Westlake CPA[10]

Mapping L.A. Project

According to the Mapping L.A. survey of the Los Angeles Times, the Central Los Angeles region constitutes 57.87 square miles (149.88 km²) and comprises twenty-three neighborhoods within the City of Los Angeles, as well as Griffith Park, the city's largest public park. In Mapping L.A., the Central Los Angeles region consists of:[11]


The following data applies to Central Los Angeles within the boundaries set by Mapping L.A.:

In the 2000 United States Census, Central Los Angeles had 836,638 residents in its 57.87 square miles (149.88 km²), including the uninhabited Griffith and Elysian parks, which amounted to 14,458 people per square mile. The densest neighborhood was Koreatown, and the least dense was Elysian Park.[11] The four densest regions by population were in Central Los Angeles: Koreatown with 42,611 residents per square mile, followed by Westlake, 38,214; East Hollywood, 31,095, and Pico-Union, 25,352.[12]

About 81% of the area's population lived in rental units, while 19% lived in owner-occupied housing. Westlake was the neighborhood with the highest rental occupancy, and Hollywood Hills West had the lowest. The latter district also had the oldest population, and Pico-Union had the youngest. Hollywood Hills West also was the wealthiest neighborhood, and Downtown was the poorest. Hollywood Hills West was the neighborhood with the largest percentage of residents holding a four-year academic degree, and Pico-Union had the lowest percentage.[11] The ethnic breakdown in 2000 was Latino, 46.1%; white, 26.4%, Asian, 16.2%; black, 8.2%, and other, 3.1%. Mid-Wilshire was the most ethnically diverse neighborhood and Pico-Union the least.[11]


  1. "Central L.A.," Mapping L.A. Los Angeles Times
  2. "Density," Mapping L.A., Los Angeles Times

See also

Other regions of Los Angeles County

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