People are fleeing West Hollywood! The population is down, but it’s still about what you’d expect: lots of white people, lots of gay men, and fewer-than-ever kids and women. The city has just released the results from a study of its population, looking at “demographics, community health issues, housing conditions, transportation needs, social services needs, communications needs and overall quality of life,” as Wehoville puts it (it also includes data from the 2010 US Census). They’ll use the survey “to assess community needs and allocate resources”–there were a lot of requests for more frequent transit, better bike lanes, and weekend street closures, so expect even more pedestrian-friendliness in the little city. All the details on the results below:
Population: In 2000, WeHo had 35,71 residents in 23,120 residences. In 2010, it had 34,399 residents in 22,511 residences.
Average number of residents per household: 1.53, “almost half of that for Los Angeles as a whole.”
Percentage male: 56 percent (up!)
Percentage female: 44 percent (down!)
Households living below the poverty level: 13 percent, up since 2000 but lower than LA County’s 15 percent.
Smoking: 19.6 percent of residents smoke, compared to 14.3 in LA County.
Alcohol-related death rate: 10 per 100,000 residents between 2000 and 2007.
Alcohol-related collision rate: 92 between 2009 and 2011 (twice that of LA County).
Obesity: 15 percent, compared with “nearly a quarter” in LA County.
HIV/AIDS rate: A bit below 7 percent, but the number of new diagnoses is way down: “There were more than 200 new diagnoses per year in the mid-1990s and as of 2009, the latest year for which numbers are available, there were only 35 diagnoses.” The death rate from AIDS has also dropped, from 150 in the mid-nineties to 31 in 2009.
Housing stock: Up by only 375 units in the past decade, which makes sense.
Renters: 78 percent, compared to 52 percent in the county.
Solo commuters: 71 percent in 2010, down from 75 percent in 2000.
Transit riders: 7 percent in 2010, up from 5 percent in 2000.
No car at all: 16 percent, compared to 9 percent in the county.
Working from home: 13 percent in 2010, up from 8 percent in 2000.
Same-sex households: About 1,400
Gay and bisexual men: 41 percent
Lesbians and bisexual women: 5 percent
Kids 18 and under: 5 percent, down from 13 percent in 1980.
Kids 5 and under: 42 percent of all the kids 18 and under.
Seniors, 65 and older: 15 percent, higher than the county average but down overall.
White people: 78 percent, compared to 28 percent in LA County.
Asian/Pacific Islander: 5 percent
Black: 3 percent
Hispanic/Latino: 11 percent
People who name the former Soviet Union as their place of ancestry: 11 percent
· Community Study Released: WeHo Is Smaller, Older, More Diverse and Happy [Wehoville]