Little Ethiopia, Los Angeles

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Little Ethiopia
Neighborhood of Los Angeles
Businesses along Fairfax Avenue in Little Ethiopia
Businesses along Fairfax Avenue in Little Ethiopia
Little Ethiopia is located in Los Angeles
Little Ethiopia
Little Ethiopia
Location within Western Los Angeles
Coordinates: 34°03′18″N 118°21′59″W / 34.055°N 118.366389°W / 34.055; -118.366389
Country United States
State California
County Los Angeles
City Los Angeles
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)

Little Ethiopia refers to the stretch of Fairfax Avenue in the Carthay Square and Wilshire Vista districts in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood in the Westside of the city of Los Angeles, California and part the P.I.C.O. Neighborhood Council and northeast of Crestview and northwest of the Picfair Village district in Pico-Robertson. The area is filled with Ethiopian businesses and restaurants, as well as a significant concentration of residents of Ethiopian and Eritrean ancestry.

Little Ethiopia dates back to the early 1990s. Previously, this stretch of Fairfax Avenue was filled with Jewish businesses as is the case in the Fairfax District to the north. Ethiopian and Eritrean businesses and restaurants have recently begun congregating on Washington Boulevard between Fairfax Avenue and National Boulevard in Culver City, less than a mile to the south of Little Ethiopia.

For many years, and even today, the neighborhood was known as South Fairfax. In 2004, former Los Angeles Mayor James K. Hahn officially bestowed the name "Little Ethiopia" on the neighborhood.


Pio Pico Span School

Residents of the area are zoned to schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District.[1]

The elementary school for residents in the immediate Little Ethiopia area are zoned for Carthay Center Elementary School, on Crescent Heights and Olympic. Beginning in Fall 2014, the school becomes Carthay Environmental Studies Magnet, which will automatically accept all students previously zones for Carthay Center Elementary, and also accepts students from outside the area based on magnet points and availability.

Crescent Heights Language Arts/Social Justice Magnet offers zoned kindergarten for some sections as well as an unzoned elementary school magnet program.

Residents of the area surrounding Little Ethiopia are zoned to the following elementary schools:

  • Alta Loma Elementary School
  • Arlington Heights Elementary School
  • Canfield Elementary School
  • Pio Pico Elementary School
  • Queen Anne Elementary School
  • Saturn Elementary School

Residents in the immediate Little Ethiopia area are zoned to Emerson Middle School and Fairfax High School. Schools for residents of the area surrounding Little Ethiopia include Cochran Middle School (formerly Mount Vernon Middle School) and Los Angeles High School.


Coordinates: 34°03′18″N 118°21′59″W / 34.05500°N 118.36639°W / 34.05500; -118.36639