Ladera Heights, California
|— census-designated place —|
|Los Angeles County, California.|
|• Total||2.966 sq mi (7.681 km2)|
|• Land||2.966 sq mi (7.681 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2) 0%|
|Elevation||305 ft (93 m)|
|• Density||2,200/sq mi ( 850/km2)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC-8)|
|• Summer (DST)||PDT (UTC-7)|
|GNIS feature ID||1867032|
Ladera Heights is a census-designated place and unincorporated area in southwestern Los Angeles County, California. The population was 6,498 at the 2010 census, down from 6,568 at the 2000 census. Culver City lies to its west, the Baldwin Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles to its north, and the Westchester neighborhood of Los Angeles to its south and southwest.
When black entertainers and sports heroes began moving to Ladera Heights in the 1970s, many other affluent blacks followed suit. In the mid-1970s, white families began moving out to the San Fernando Valley & other more suburban areas where they could get more for their money. By the early 1980s, the neighborhood became a mecca for upper-class black families, along with neighboring View Park, Windsor Hills and Baldwin Hills.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.0 square miles (7.8 km2), all of it land.
Ladera Heights is portioned into three sections, known as "Upper Ladera," "Lower Ladera" and "Old Ladera". Upper Ladera includes all houses north of Slauson in between La Cienega Boulevard and Shenandoah Avenue, while Lower Ladera (the larger of the two) consists of all houses south of Slauson in between Wooster and La Cienega. Old Ladera is the small area just east of La Cienega and south of Slauson. The Ladera Center, located in Lower Ladera just west of La Cienega Boulevard, hosts a number of local franchise stores and eateries.
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The 2010 United States Census reported that Ladera Heights had a population of 6,498. The population density was 2,191.1 people per square mile (846.0/km²). The racial makeup of Ladera Heights was 4,786 (73.7%) African American, 979 (15.1%) White, 20 (0.3%) Native American, 231 (3.6%) Asian, 2 (0.0%) Pacific Islander, 134 (2.1%) from other races, and 346 (5.3%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 355 persons (5.5%).
The Census reported that 6,486 people (99.8% of the population) lived in households, 8 (0.1%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 4 (0.1%) were institutionalized.
There were 2,751 households, out of which 702 (25.5%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 1,240 (45.1%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 462 (16.8%) had a female householder with no husband present, 113 (4.1%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 93 (3.4%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 20 (0.7%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 778 households (28.3%) were made up of individuals and 351 (12.8%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36. There were 1,815 families (66.0% of all households); the average family size was 2.88.
The population was spread out with 1,122 people (17.3%) under the age of 18, 401 people (6.2%) aged 18 to 24, 1,264 people (19.5%) aged 25 to 44, 2,183 people (33.6%) aged 45 to 64, and 1,528 people (23.5%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 49.0 years. For every 100 females there were 79.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 75.1 males.
There were 2,867 housing units at an average density of 966.7 per square mile (373.3/km²), of which 2,027 (73.7%) were owner-occupied, and 724 (26.3%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.1%; the rental vacancy rate was 6.7%. 4,891 people (75.3% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 1,595 people (24.5%) lived in rental housing units.
As of the census of 2000, there were 6,568 people, 2,691 households, and 1,883 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 2,230.6 people per square mile (862.6/km²). There were 2,755 housing units at an average density of 935.7 per square mile (361.8/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 70.8% African American, 7.0% White, 2.9% Asian, 0.3% Native American, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.4% from other races, and 4.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.4% of the population.
There were 2,691 households out of which 26.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.0% were married couples living together, 15.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.0% were non-families. 24.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.89.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 20.7% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 24.5% from 25 to 44, 29.8% from 45 to 64, and 19.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 81.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.7 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $90,233, and the median income for a family was $103,174. Males had a median income of $64,643 versus $52,750 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $47,798. About 1.1% of families and 3.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.5% of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over.
Primary and secondary schools 
Ladera Heights is served by the Inglewood Unified School District. The schools serving Ladera Heights are in the Inglewood city limits. As of 2006 fewer than 400 Ladera Heights residents attended Inglewood USD schools. La Tijera School (K-8) and Parent School (K-8) serve Ladera Heights. La Tijera and Parent feed into Inglewood High School.
Colleges and universities 
Ladera Heights is within the service area of West Los Angeles College, a community college located in Culver City.
Ladera Heights receives fire protection from the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
In the state legislature Ladera Heights is located in the 25th and 26th Senate Districts, represented by Democrats Curren D. Price, Jr. and Roderick Wright respectively, and in the 47th and 51st Assembly Districts, represented by Democrats Holly Mitchell and Steven Bradford respectively. Federally, Ladera Heights is located in California's 33rd congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of D +36 and is represented by Democrat Karen Bass.
Parks and recreation 
Ladera Park is in adjacent View Park-Windsor Hills. The park has an outdoor amphitheatre, a baseball–softball field, a basketball court, children's play areas, a community recreation center, drinking fountains, picnic areas with barbecue grills, tennis courts, and toilets.
- U.S. Census
- "." Ladera Heights Community Association Newsletter. Retrieved on May 18, 2010.
- All data are derived from the United States Census Bureau reports from the 2010 United States Census, and are accessible on-line here. The data on unmarried partnerships and same-sex married couples are from the Census report DEC_10_SF1_PCT15. All other housing and population data are from Census report DEC_10_DP_DPDP1. Both reports are viewable online or downloadable in a zip file containing a comma-delimited data file. The area data, from which densities are calculated, are available on-line here. Percentage totals may not add to 100% due to rounding. The Census Bureau defines families as a household containing one or more people related to the householder by birth, opposite-sex marriage, or adoption. People living in group quarters are tabulated by the Census Bureau as neither owners nor renters. For further details, see the text files accompanying the data files containing the Census reports mentioned above.
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