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Historic South Central Los Angeles

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Historic South Central Los Angeles is a 2.25-square-mile district in Los Angeles, California, within the South Los Angeles region. The 2000 census found that its population is younger than the city's average, and its median household level is low compared with the city as a whole. It is the site of Los Angeles Trade–Technical College, the Santee Education Complex, Animo Jackie Robinson High School, Wallace Annenberg High School, Frida Kahlo High School, and Orthopaedic Hospital Medical Magnet High School, as well as the Bob Hope Patriotic Hall.


Historic South Central is second on the list of Los Angeles city neighborhoods where adults over age 25 failed to finish high school—74.2%.


Historic South Central flanks Downtown Los Angeles on the northeast, Central-Alameda on the east, South Park on the south, and Vermont Square, Exposition Park and University Park on the west. It is bounded by Washington Boulevard on the north, Central Avenue on the east, East Vernon Avenue on the south and the Harbor Freeway on the west.

Adjacent neighborhoods

Relation of South Central to other communities:


A total of 49,728 people lived in the neighborhood's 2.55 square miles, according to the 2000 U.S. census—averaging 19,474 people per square mile, among the highest population densities in both the city and the county.

The median age was 23, considered young for the city and the county, and the percentages of residents aged birth through 34 was among the county's highest.

Within the neighborhood, Latinos made up 87.2% of the population, with black people at 10.1%, white 1.2%; Asian 1.0% and other 0.6%. Mexico and El Salvador were the most common places of birth for the 56.3% of the residents who were born abroad, considered a high percentage of foreign-born when compared with the city or county as a whole.

The median household income in 2008 dollars was $30,882, considered low for both the city and county. The percentage of households earning $20,000 or less was high, compared to the county at large. The average household size of 4.1 people was above average. Renters occupied 79.6% of the housing units, and homeowners occupied the rest.

The percentages of never-married people were among the county's highest, and there were 2,290 families headed by single parents, or 24.9%, a rate that was high for the county and the city.

There were 769 veterans, or 2.5% of the population, considered low compared with the city and the county overall.


Residents of Historic South Central aged 25 and older holding a four-year degree amounted to 3.2% of the population, considered low when compared with the city and the county as a whole. The percentage of residents of that age not completing high school, at 74.2%, was the second-highest in the city.

Schools within the boundaries of the Historic South Central neighborhood are:

  • Los Angeles Trade–Technical College, Los Angeles Community College District, bounded by West Washington Boulevard, South Grand Avenue, West 23rd Street and South Flower Street
  • Santee Education Complex, LAUSD high school, 1921 South Maple Avenue
  • Animo Jackie Robinson Charter High School, situated within the LAUSD Clinton Middle School campus, 3500 South Hill Street
  • Wallace Annenberg High School, LAUSD charter, 4000 South Main Street
  • Frida Kahlo High School, LAUSD continuation, 1924 South Los Angeles Street
  • Orthopaedic Hospital Medical Magnet High School, LAUSD alternative, 300 West 23rd Street
  • John Adams Middle School, LAUSD, 151 West 30th Street
  • Dr. Julian Nava Learning Academy, LAUSD, 1420 East Adams Boulevard
  • Twenty-Eighth Street Elementary School, LAUSD, 2807 Stanford Avenue
  • Maple Primary Center, LAUSD, 3601 South Maple Avenue
  • Accelerated Elementary Charter, LAUSD charter, 119 East 37th Street
  • Trinity Street Elementary, LAUSD, 3736 Trinity Street
  • Synergy Charter Academy, LAUSD charter, 900 East 33rd Street
  • Ricardo Lizarraga Elementary, LAUSD, 401 East 40th Place
  • Wadsworth Avenue Elementary, LAUSD, 981 East 41st Street
  • Harmony Elementary, LAUSD, 899 East 42nd Street
  • West Vernon Avenue Elementary, LAUSD, 4312 South Grand Avenue
  • Quincy Jones Elementary School, LAUSD, 900 East 33rd Street
  • Recreation and parks

  • Trinity Recreation Center, 2415 Trinity Street
  • Martin Luther King Junior Mini-Park, MLK Junior Boulevard between San Pedro Place and Avalon Boulevard
  • Gilbert Lindsay Community Center, 425 E. 42nd Place
  • Ross Snyder Recreation Center 1501 E. 41st Street
  • Notable building

  • Bob Hope Patriotic Hall, 1816 South Figueroa Street
  • References

    Historic South Central Los Angeles Wikipedia

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