Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles

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Miracle Mile at the heart of Mid-Wilshire
The historic May Company Building (now part of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, at the intersection of Wilshire and Fairfax in Mid-Wilshire

Mid-Wilshire is a densely populated residential neighborhood in the central region of Los Angeles, California. Its commercial and public-use areas also make it the site of world-class museums and research centers and of widely known shopping districts and restaurants.

Mid-Wilshire is notable as the most diverse neighborhood or city in Los Angeles County, according to the Los Angeles Times' Mapping L.A. survey, containing an almost even proportion of whites, Asians, Hispanics and blacks.[1]

Mid-Wilshire is the home to three secondary schools, an adult school, and seven other schools. A city park is dedicated to the memory of World War I servicemen. There is a hospital and medical center in the neighborhood's southwest corner.



Mid-Wilshire is flanked by: Fairfax, Hancock Park, and Windsor Square to the north; Koreatown, and Arlington Heights to the east; Mid-City to the south; and Mid-City West, Carthay, and Beverly Grove to the west.

The neighborhood is bounded on the north by West Third Street, on the northeast by La Brea Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard, on the east by Crenshaw Boulevard, on the south by Pico Boulevard and on the west by Fairfax Avenue.[2][3][4]

Map of Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles.
(as delineated by the Los Angeles Times)


Smaller areas within Mid-Wilshire are Little Ethiopia, Miracle Mile, Oxford Square,[5] Park La Brea, Park Mile, and Wilshire Vista.[3]

Adjacent neighborhoods[edit]

Relation of Mid-Wilshire to other communities:[2][4]


The 2000 U.S. Census counted 41,683 residents in the 2.78-square-mile neighborhood—an average of 14,988 people per square mile, among the highest population densities for the city and the county. In 2008 the city estimated that the population had increased to 47,176. The median age for residents was 34, about the city's average.[3]

Mid-Wilshire was said to be "highly diverse" when compared to the city at large. The ethnic breakdown in 2000 was: whites, 33.6%; blacks, 22.7%; Latinos, 19.9%; Asians, 19.8%; and others, 3.9%. Mexico (16.1%) and Korea (24%) were the most common places of birth for the 25.1% of the residents who were born abroad, a figure that was considered average for the city as a whole.[3]

The median household income in 2008 dollars was $58,483, average for Los Angeles. The average household size of 2.1 people was low for Los Angeles. Renters occupied 78.3% of the housing units, and home- or apartment owners the rest.[3]


Mid-Wilshire residents aged 25 and older holding a four-year degree amounted to 45.2% of the population in 2000, a high rate for both the city and the county. The percentage of residents with a master's degree was also high.[3]

The schools operating within Mid-Wilshire are:[6]

  • Los Angeles Senior High School, LAUSD, 4650 West Olympic Boulevard
  • Yeshiva Gedolah of Los Angeles, private high school, 5444 West Olympic Boulevard
  • Shalhevet School, private K-12, 910 South Fairfax Avenue
  • Los Angeles Community Adult School, 4650 West Olympic Boulevard
  • Hancock Park Elementary School, LAUSD, 408 South Fairfax Avenue
  • New Los Angeles Charter School, private middle, 1919 South Burnside Avenue
  • Cathedral Chapel Elementary School, private, 755 South Cochran Avenue
  • Westside Jewish Community Center. private elementary, 5870 West Olympic Boulevard
  • Wilshire Crest Elementary School, LAUSD, 5241 West Olympic Boulevard
  • Queen Anne Place Elementary School, LAUSD, 1212 Queen Anne Place
  • Rejoyce in Jesus Christian School, private, 1304 South Cochran Avenue

Publicly accessible places[edit]

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Petersen Automotive Museum
  • The Miracle Mile, a commercial strip on Wilshire Boulevard east of Fairfax Avenue designed in the 1920s by developer A. W. Ross to attract and serve automobile traffic rather than pedestrian shoppers.[4]
  • Petersen Automotive Museum, on the southeast corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue. One of the world's largest automobile museums, the Petersen is a nonprofit organization specializing in automobile history and related educational programs.[4]
  • Little Ethiopia, "a block-long section of South Fairfax Avenue that transports passersby to a distant land [where] the lively conversations are in Amharic and the pungent smells are from spices uncommon to most American palates".[7]
  • Harold A. Henry Park, named after the former city councilman, at Ninth Street and Plymouth Boulevard.[4]
  • Los Angeles High School Memorial Park, with its associated Memorial Library, dedicated to the L.A. High graduates who took part in World War I. It is on Olympic Boulevard between Mulllen and Muirfield avenues, facing Los Angeles High across the street.[4][8]
  • Queen Anne Recreation Center, at 12th Street and West Boulevard, with an auditorium, barbecue pits, baseball diamond (lighted), basketball courts (lighted/indoor, unlighted/outdoor), children's play area, picnic tables, restrooms and tennis courts (lighted).[4][9]
  • Town and Country shopping center, on the southeast corner of Third Street and Fairfax Avenue.[4][10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://maps.latimes.com/neighborhoods/diversity/neighborhood/list/
  2. ^ a b [1] "Central L.A.," Mapping L.A., Los Angeles Times
  3. ^ a b c d e f [2] "Mid-Wilshire," Mapping L.A., Los Angeles Times
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j The Thomas Guide, 2006, page 633
  5. ^ "Oxford Square: A Historic Community Since 1908". Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  6. ^ [3] "Mid-Wilshire Schools," Mapping L.A., Los Angeles Times
  7. ^ Gayle Pollard-Terry, "To Fairfax and On to Ethiopia," Los Angeles Times, February 12, 2006
  8. ^ [4] Los Angeles Unified School District
  9. ^ [5] Los Angeles City Department of Recreation and Parks
  10. ^ [6] California Home Town Locator

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