Westside (Los Angeles County)
Los Angeles Westside
Regions of Los Angeles County
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The Los Angeles Westside is an urban region in western Los Angeles County, California. It has no official definition, but sources like LA Weekly and the Mapping L.A. survey of the Los Angeles Times place the region on the western side of the Los Angeles Basin south of the Santa Monica Mountains.
According to the LA Weekly, there are different perspectives on where the Westside ends and the Eastside begins. Generally, the Westside is the area south of the Santa Monica Mountains and Sepulveda Pass, and west of either:
- Downtown Los Angeles – a historic definition supported by UCLA urban and cultural historian Eric Avila. Most of the number streets and big boulevards get a “west” before their names west of Main Street and an east if they are “east” of Main Street.
- The 110 Freeway
- La Cienega Boulevard
- The 405 Freeway
Mapping L.A. boundaries
Los Angeles Times readers submitted more than 300 maps, with borders ranging from Lincoln to La Brea and beyond. The most common east/west dividing lines were: Downtown, La Cienega Boulevard (the most common street cited), and the 405 freeway (the most common answer).
The Times analyzed the results and no one definition approached a majority. Ultimately, the Los Angeles Times Mapping Project settled on a definition comprising 101.28 square miles (262 km2), encompassing not only districts in the city of Los Angeles but also two unincorporated neighborhoods, plus the cities of Beverly Hills, Culver City, and Santa Monica, but excluding all of the city of West Hollywood – even areas west of La Cienega Boulevard.
Neighborhoods and districts
According to the Mapping L.A. survey of the Los Angeles Times the Westside includes all of the below neighborhoods:
In the 2000 census, the Westside (as defined by the Los Angeles Times Mapping Project) had a population of 529,427. In 2000, non-Hispanic whites made up 63% of the population. The areas within the city of Los Angeles that Los Angeles Almanac recognized as part of the Westside had a population of 413,351.
Fifty-three percent of West Los Angeles residents aged 25 and older had earned a 4-year degree by 2000, according to Census Bureau figures quoted by the Los Angeles Times. They included 89,620 people with master's degrees or higher and 117,695 with bachelor's degrees. In addition, 95,187 people in that age range had some college experience. There were 46,823 with high school diplomas but 40,451 who had dropped out before graduating. As of 2019, the median income of the neighborhood was about $96,300.
The Westside is home to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), a public research university in the Westwood neighborhood. It is the second-oldest of the ten campuses of the University of California system. UCLA is considered a flagship campus of the University of California system, along with UC Berkeley. It offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a wide range of disciplines. With an approximate enrollment of 28,000 undergraduate and 12,000 graduate students, UCLA is the university with the largest enrollment in the state of California and the most popular university in the United States by number of applicants.
Other post-secondary schools in the Westside are as follows:
- Santa Monica College, first opened in 1929 as Santa Monica Junior College. Current enrollment is over 30,000 students in more than 90 fields of study.
- West Los Angeles College, which offers associate degrees, vocationally oriented programs and transfer programs to four-year universities.
Other regions of Los Angeles County
- Mapping L.A.: Regions. The Westside. Los Angeles Times, Mapping L.A.
- "Population," Los Angeles Almanac
- "Fall 2008 Admissions Table" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-10-14.
- Frammolino, Ralph; Gladstone, Mark; Weinstein, Henry (1996-03-21). "UCLA Eased Entry Rules for the Rich, Well-Connected". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-05-27.
The controversy over private admissions preferences strikes at the heart of the dilemma over how to allocate limited slots for undergraduates. At Berkeley and UCLA, the flagship campuses, the competition is particularly acute, and admissions officers must turn away thousands of qualified applicants each year.
- Gordon, Larry (2011-05-09). "University of California weighs varying tuitions at its 10 campuses". L.A. Times. Retrieved 2011-05-17.
In contrast, UC has UC Berkeley and UCLA, both often considered flagships, and several other campuses with high national rankings, he and other analysts said
- Song, Jason (2007-12-11). "THE NATION; Higher-earning families to get a break at Harvard; Tuition will be slashed to 10% of income for those making $180,000 a year or less, making it cheaper than UCLA". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-05-20.
That means any student that comes from such a family will pay less to attend Harvard than most flagship public universities, including UCLA
- "How To Get Into the Nations Most Celebrated Colleges". Los Angeles Magazine. 2005. Retrieved 2011-05-25.
The Ivy League Schools and their ilk (Stanford) and the flagship UC campuses dominate their lists...and a few other less competitive UC Campuses (San Diego, Santa Barbara, Irvine) as fall-backs.
- Vazquez, Ricardo (2013-01-18). "UCLA sets new undergraduate applications record". UCLA Newsroom. Retrieved 2018-09-24.
- "UCLA admits more than 15,000 students for Fall 2012 freshman class". Daily Bruin.
- Bartlett, Lauren (2007-01-24). "UCLA Remains the Country's Most Popular University with More Than 50,000 High School Seniors Applying for Fall / UCLA Newsroom". Newsroom.ucla.edu. Retrieved 2012-10-14.
- Westside (Los Angeles County) travel guide from Wikivoyage