Lynwood, California

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Lynwood, California
City of Lynwood
Official seal of Lynwood, California
Location of Lynwood in Los Angeles County, California
Location of Lynwood in Los Angeles County, California
Coordinates: 33°55′29″N 118°12′7″W / 33.92472°N 118.20194°W / 33.92472; -118.20194Coordinates: 33°55′29″N 118°12′7″W / 33.92472°N 118.20194°W / 33.92472; -118.20194
Country  United States of America
State  California
County Los Angeles
Incorporated July 21, 1921[1]
 • Total 4.840 sq mi (12.536 km2)
 • Land 4.840 sq mi (12.536 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)  0%
Elevation 92 ft (28 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 69,772
 • Density 14,000/sq mi (5,600/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 90262
Area code(s) 310/323
FIPS code 06-44574
GNIS feature ID 1660965

Lynwood is a city in Los Angeles County, California. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 69,772, down from 69,845 at the 2000 census. Lynwood is located near South Gate and Compton in the southern portion of the Los Angeles Basin. Incorporated in 1921, the city is named for Mrs. Lynn Wood Sessions, wife of a local dairyman, Charles Sessions. The local railroad siding and later Pacific Electric Railway station were named after the dairy.[3]


Lynwood is located at 33°55′29″N 118°12′7″W / 33.92472°N 118.20194°W / 33.92472; -118.20194 (33.924642, -118.201862).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.8 square miles (12.5 km²), all land.



The 2010 United States Census[5] reported that Lynwood had a population of 69,772. The population density was 14,415.7 people per square mile (5,565.9/km²). The racial makeup of Lynwood was 27,444 (39.3%) White (2.2% Non-Hispanic White),[6] 7,168 (10.3%) African American, 464 (0.7%) Native American, 457 (0.7%) Asian, 206 (0.3%) Pacific Islander, 31,652 (45.4%) from other races, and 2,381 (3.4%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 60,452 persons (86.6%).

The census reported that 67,120 people (96.2% of the population) lived in households, 449 (0.6%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 2,203 (3.2%) were institutionalized.

There were 14,680 households, out of which 9,790 (66.7%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 8,303 (56.6%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 3,266 (22.2%) had a female householder with no husband present, 1,569 (10.7%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 1,281 (8.7%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 105 (0.7%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 1,064 households (7.2%) were made up of individuals and 328 (2.2%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 4.57. There were 13,138 families (89.5% of all households); the average family size was 4.62.

The population was spread out with 22,977 people (32.9%) under the age of 18, 8,705 people (12.5%) aged 18 to 24, 21,245 people (30.4%) aged 25 to 44, 13,075 people (18.7%) aged 45 to 64, and 3,770 people (5.4%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 27.8 years. For every 100 females there were 94.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.1 males.

There were 15,277 housing units at an average density of 3,156.4 per square mile (1,218.7/km²), of which 6,829 (46.5%) were owner-occupied, and 7,851 (53.5%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.9%; the rental vacancy rate was 3.7%. 34,023 people (48.8% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 33,097 people (47.4%) lived in rental housing units.

According to the 2010 United States Census, Lynwood had a median household income of $42,723, with 23.7% of the population living below the federal poverty line. [7]


As of the census of 2000, there are 69,845 people, 14,395 households, and 12,941 families residing in the city. The population density is 5,560.3/km² (14,389.2/mi²). There are 14,987 housing units at an average density of 1,193.1/km² (3,087.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 33.62% white, 13.53% African American, 1.20% Native American, 0.76% Asian, 0.39% Pacific Islander, 46.14% from other races, and 4.36% from two or more races. 82.33% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 14,395 households out of which 63.5% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.5% are married couples living together, 20.6% have a female householder with no husband present, and 10.1% are non-families. 7.7% of all households are made up of individuals and 2.6% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 4.70 and the average family size is 4.76.

In the city the population is spread out with 38.0% under the age of 18, 13.1% from 18 to 24, 31.2% from 25 to 44, 13.5% from 45 to 64, and 4.2% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 24 years. For every 100 females there are 104.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 104.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $35,888, and the median income for a family is $35,808. Males have a median income of $23,241 versus $19,149 for females. The per capita income for the city is $9,542. 23.5% of the population and 21.0% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 28.3% are under the age of 18 and 14.3% are 65 or older.

As of 2000, speakers of Spanish as their first language accounted for 77.43% of residents, while English was spoken by 22.13%, Thai was spoken by 0.16%, Samoan was spoken by 0.09%, Gujarati was spoken by 0.07%, Tagalog was spoken by 0.07%, Vietnamese by 0.05% of the population.[8]

Lynwood went through five phases of demographic change in the 20th century. First, a colonial settlement. Second, a farming small town. Third, a mostly working-class white suburb from 1940 to 1970. Fourth, a majority African-American city between 1970 and 1990, and today, a predominantly Latino.

Government and infrastructure[edit]

Fire protection in Lynwood is provided by the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The LACFD operates Station #147 at 3161 East Imperial Highway and Station #148 at 4262 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, both in Lynwood, as a part of Battalion 13.[9]

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) operates the Century Station in Lynwood.[10]

The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services operates the South Health Center in Watts, Los Angeles, serving Lynwood.[11]

After the 2000 Census, Lynwood's representation in the state legislature was located in the 27th Senate District and 50th Assembly District; Democrat Alan Lowenthal represented the 27th Senate District from December 4, 2004 to December 3, 2012 and Democrat Ricardo Lara represented the 50th Assembly District from December 6, 2010 to November 30, 2012. Currently, Lynwood is represented in the 63rd Assembly District by Democrat Anthony Rendon and in the 33rd Senate District represented by Democrat Ricardo Lara as result from the California Citizen Redistricting Commission as result from the 2010 Census.

Federally, from 2000 - 2010, Lynwood was located in California's 39th congressional district, which had a Cook PVI of D +13[12] and was represented by Democrat Linda Sánchez. As of 2012, Lynwood is drawn in the 44th United States Congressional District represented by Democrat Janice Hahn since January 2013.

Mark Ridley-Thomas represents Lynwood located on the 2nd Los Angeles Board of Supervisors District.

On March 20, 2006, former mayor Paul H. Richards II was sentenced to 188 months in federal prison after being convicted in 2005 on numerous corruption charges that centered on his funneling of $6 million in city business - including exorbitant no-bid contracts - to a "consulting company" controlled by him and his family. Richards had served on the City Council from 1986 until he was recalled by voters in 2003; during that time he served seven terms as mayor.[13]

The Lynwood City Council is built of five members. Current seating members:

Mayor: Salvador ala Torre

Mayor Pro-Tem: Ramón Rodríguez

Members: Aide Castro, María Santillan-Beas, and Jim Morton.

Three (3) seats will be contested during the 2013 election: Ramón Rodriguez will retire after the 2013 and Maria Santillan and Jim Morton are running for re-election.

The United States Postal Service operates the Lynwood Post Office at 11200 Long Beach Boulevard and the East Lynwood Post Office at 11634 Atlantic Avenue.[14][15]

Notable people[edit]


Most of Lynwood is served by the Lynwood Unified School District.[24] High schools include Lynwood High School, Marco Antonio Firebaugh High School, and Vista High School.

From 1939–1993, Lynwood Adventist Academy ( was located at 11011 Harris Ave. It was taken by eminent domain to make way for the new Lynwood High School campus.[citation needed]

Public libraries[edit]

County of Los Angeles Public Library operates the Lynwood Library at 11320 Bullis Road.[25]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ U.S. Census
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  8. ^ "Data Center Results - Lynwood, California]". Modern Language Association. Retrieved 2009-11-18. 
  9. ^ "Hometown Fire Stations." Los Angeles County Fire Department. Retrieved on December 6, 2008.
  10. ^ "Century Station." Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Retrieved on January 21, 2010.
  11. ^ "South Health Center." Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. Retrieved on March 18, 2010.
  12. ^ "Will Gerrymandered Districts Stem the Wave of Voter Unrest?". Campaign Legal Center Blog. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  13. ^ "FORMER MAYOR OF LYNWOOD SENTENCED TO NEARLY 16 YEARS IN PRISON FOR CONVICTION ON FEDERAL CORRUPTION CHARGES". Campaign Legal Center Blog. Archived from the original on 2008-04-07. Retrieved 2008-07-19. 
  14. ^ "Post Office Location - LYNWOOD." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on December 6, 2008.
  15. ^ "Post Office Location - EAST LYNWOOD." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on December 6, 2008.
  16. ^ "Richard Leonard Adelman (Rick)". Retrieved November 26, 2012. 
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  18. ^ "Louella Daetweiler". Official Website of the AAGPBL. Retrieved November 26, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Davon Jefferson". The Official Site of USC Trojan Athletics. Retrieved November 26, 2012. 
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  21. ^ "Efren Navarro Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved November 26, 2012. 
  22. ^ Keisser, Bob (28 February 2011). "KEISSER: Snider's regal path to Brooklyn started in Los Angeles - LA Daily News". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved 28 March 2011. 
  23. ^ ""Weird Al" Yankovic: Frequently Asked Questions". Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  24. ^ Official website, Lynwood Unified School District
  25. ^ "Lynwood Library." County of Los Angeles Public Library. Retrieved on December 6, 2008.

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