Arleta, Los Angeles
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Arleta is a "moderately diverse" community in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles, California, with a high percentage of Latino residents and of people born outside the United States. In many other respects, though, the neighborhood is considered average among the city's districts. There are five public but no private schools within Arleta.
The 2000 U.S. census counted 31,068 residents in the 3.10-square-mile Arleta neighborhood—or 10,034 people per square mile, an average population density for the city. In 2008, the city estimated that the population had increased to 32,622. In 2000 the median age for residents was 29, about average for city neighborhoods. The percentage of residents aged 11 to 18 was among the county's highest.
The neighborhood was considered "moderately diverse" ethnically within Los Angeles, with a relatively high percentage of Latinos. The breakdown was Latinos, 71.7%; Asians, 11.0%; whites, 13.2%; blacks, 2.2%; and others, 1.9%. Mexico (55.3%) and El Salvador (11.2%) were the most common places of birth for the 46% of the residents who were born abroad—which was a high percentage for Los Angeles.
The median yearly household income in 2008 dollars was $65,649, considered average for the city. Renters occupied 19.6% of the housing stock, and house- or apartment-owners held 80.4%. The average household size of 4.0 people was considered high for Los Angeles. The 11.5% of families headed by single parents was considered about average for city neighborhoods.
Geography and transportation
Arleta is bordered by the Los Angeles districts of Mission Hills and North Hills on the north, Sun Valley on the east, Pacoima on the northeast, and Panorama City on the west. It lies within the 6th City Council district.
Arleta is accessible from the Golden State Freeway (I-5) and the Hollywood Freeway (SR 170). Major thoroughfares include Van Nuys Boulevard, Woodman Avenue, Arleta Avenue, as well as Sheldon, Branford, Osborne and Terra Bella Streets. Metro Rapid route 761 provides fast transit on Van Nuys Boulevard, and Metro route 158, goes up Woodman Avenue, but turns on Arleta Avenue via Brandford Street, and continues along Devonshire St into Granada Hills, Northridge, and Chatsworth, respectively.
The boundaries of Arleta are roughly Paxton Avenue on the northwest, Laurel Canyon Boulevard on the northeast, Tonopah Avenue on the southeast, and Woodman Avenue on the southwest, making the square area about four (4) miles, according to Google Earth.
The Osmond Family maintained a home in the district in the early 1970s, for the family's use when it was working on projects in Hollywood. Their home, which still stands, is located on Nordhoff Street near the intersection of Osborne Street.
Government and infrastructure
The United States Postal Service Arleta Post Office is located at 9454 Arleta Avenue. This post office was opened shortly before Christmas 1954. The original construction was performed by Ralph Benton of Van Nuys at a total cost of $21,500.
Parks and recreation
Branford Park is located in Arleta. The facility has an auditorium, a lighted baseball diamond, an unlighted baseball diamond, lighted outdoor basketball courts, a children's play area, a community room, an indoor gymnasium with weights, an indoor gymnasium without weights, an outdoor gymnasium without weights, a kitchen, a music room, picnic tables, a lighted soccer field, a stage, lighted tennis courts, and lighted volleyball courts. In addition the Devonshire Arleta Park in Arleta.
The schools within Arleta are as follows:
- Arleta High School, 14200 Van Nuys Boulevard
- Sharp Avenue Elementary School, 13800 Pierce Street
- Beachy Avenue Elementary School, 9757 Beachy Avenue
- Vena Avenue Elementary School, 9377 Vena Avenue
- Canterbury Avenue Elementary School, 13670 Montague Street
Los Angeles Public Library operates the Granada Hills Branch.
-  "Arleta," Mapping L.A., Los Angeles Times
-  Diversity "measures the probability that any two residents, chosen at random, would be of different ethnicities. If all residents are of the same ethnic group it's zero. If half are from one group and half from another it's .50." —Los Angeles Times
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- "Post Office Location - ARLETA." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on December 6, 2008.
- The Valley News, September 5, 1954: "New Post Office Will Serve Southerly Area of Pacoima"
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- "Branford Park." City of Los Angeles. Retrieved on March 19, 2010.
- "Devonshire Arleta Park." City of Los Angeles. Retrieved on March 19, 2010.
-  "Arleta Schools," Mapping L.A., Los Angeles Times
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- Arleta Neighborhood Council
- Council District 6
-  Comments about living in Arleta
-  Arleta crime map and statistics