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Los Angeles Westside


Los Angeles Westside

The Los Angeles Westside is an urban region in western Los Angeles County, California. It has no official definition, but, according to the Los Angeles Times, it comprises 101.28 square miles (262 km2), encompassing not only districts in the city of Los Angeles but also two unincorporated neighborhoods, plus the cities of Beverly Hills, Culver City, Santa Monica and West Hollywood.[1]

Neighborhoods and districts

City of Los Angeles

Other cities

Unincorporated areas


In the 2000 census, the Westside (as defined by the Los Angeles Times) had a population of 529,427. In 2000, non-Hispanic whites made up 63% of the population.[1] The areas within the city of Los Angeles that Los Angeles Almanac recognized as part of the Westside had a population of 413,351.[5]


Fifty-three percent of West Los Angeles residents aged 25 and older had earned a four-year degree by 2000, according to Census Bureau figures quoted by the Los Angeles Times. They included 89,620 people with master's degrees or higher and 117,695 with bachelor's degrees. In addition, 95,187 people in that age range had some college experience. There were 46,823 with high school diplomas but 40,451 who had dropped out before graduating.[1]

The Westside is home to the University of California, Los Angeles. a public research university in the Westwood neighborhood. It is the second-oldest of the ten campuses of the University of California system.[6] UCLA is considered a flagship campus of the University of California system, along with UC Berkeley.[7][8][9][10] It offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a wide range of disciplines.[11] With an approximate enrollment of 28,000 undergraduate and 12,000 graduate students, UCLA is the university with the largest enrollment in the state of California[12] and the most popular university in the United States by number of applicants.[13]

Other post-secondary schools in the Westside are:

  • Santa Monica College, first opened in 1929 as Santa Monica Junior College. Current enrollment is over 30,000 students in more than 90 fields of study.
  • West Los Angeles College, which offers associate's degrees, vocationally oriented programs and transfer programs to four-year universities.


The proposed Pacific Coast, Beverly Hills, and Laurel Canyon freeways went unbuilt in the face of massive community opposition. A great deal of development took place in anticipation of these roadways' construction, resulting in significant congestion on the area's surface streets during peak rush hour. Proposals to widen existing freeways have been explored, and, more recently, a previous proposal to turn Pico and Olympic boulevards into one-way streets has been revived.[14] The area is well covered by several Metro Rapid bus lines that traverse most major thoroughfares, but the routes are often extremely slow due to traffic congestion. Construction has commenced on the light rail Expo Line (Los Angeles Metro) that will connect Santa Monica to Downtown Los Angeles by 2015.

Santa Monica Mountains and down through the city


MLA. "Neighborhoods," Mapping L.A., Los Angeles Times [3]
TG. The Thomas Guide: Los Angeles County, Rand McNally (2004), pages N and O

Coordinates: 34°03′42″N 118°27′12″W / 34.06153°N 118.453392°W / 34.06153; -118.453392

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