Vermont Vista is a 1.65-square-mile, low-income neighborhood in Los Angeles, California, within the South Los Angeles area. It is notable for its dense concentration of residents, their youthful age range, their high ratio of single to married parents, their low rate of marriage and their low median household income.
Vermont Vista is bordered by Vermont Knolls on the north, Broadway-Manchester on the east, Gardena on the south and Athens and Westmont on the west. The neighborhood's street boundaries are Manchester Boulevard on the north, the Harbor Freeway on the east, West120th Street on the south and Vermont Avenue on the west.
A total of 23,291 people lived in Vermont Vista's 1.65 square miles, according to the 2000 U.S. census—averaging 14,154 people per square mile, among the highest population densities in the city as a whole. Population was estimated at 24,891 in 2008. The median age was 24, considered young when compared to the city as a whole. The percentages of residents aged birth to 18 were among the county's highest.
Latinos made up 52.1% of the population, with black people at 45%, white 1.1%, Asian 0.8%, and other 1%. Mexico and El Salvador were the most common places of birth for the 31.3% of the residents who were born abroad, an average percentage of foreign-born when compared with the city or county as a whole.
The $31,272 median household income in 2008 dollars was considered low for 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 3.5 people was high for the city. Renters occupied 59.6% of the housing units, and homeowners occupied the rest.
In 2000 there were 1,419 families headed by single parents, or 28.2%, a rate that was high for the county and the city. The percentages of never-married women (41.7) and never-married men (37.9) were among the county's highest.
Just 6% of Vermont Vista residents aged 25 and older had completed a four-year degree in 2000, which was a low figure when compared with the city and the county at large; the percentage of those residents with less than a high school diploma was high for the county.
The schools within the Vermont Vista boundaries are: