Despite what many residents may think, population, number of households and average household size have each decreased in West Hollywood since 2000, according to preliminary “community study” numbers released Monday by the city.
For the last few months, the city has held workshops, focus groups and interviews and sent out surveys in an effort to update the demographics and determine how it should prioritize social services.
The result of that work is the “2013 West Hollywood Community Study,” which will be fully released in early May.
For now, we have preliminary results, with numbers culled from the U.S. Census, state and county health data and the city’s own community surveys.
The report notes that the 2010 population was 34,399, a five percent decrease from 1990 and 3.7 percent decrease from 2000. The number of households with children has consistently dropped throughout the decades, while the percentage of households below the poverty level has slowly increased.
The report also shows that the 55 to 64 age group has seen the biggest population increase from 2000 to 2010 (about 3 percent), while the 65 to 80 age group declined about 3 percent. The percentage of those 24 years old and younger and residents ages 25 to 34 saw little change, while those 35 to 44 decreased about 2 percent, and 45 to 54 increased about 2 percent.
For sexual orientation, 39 percent of people who responded identified themselves as gay males, 39 percent as heterosexual, 4 percent bisexual, 3 percent lesbian and 11 percent did not respond.
One thing that has not changed in three decades is the percentage of renter-occupied housing units compared to owner-occupied, remaining at 78 and 22 percent, respectively.
And while WeHo’ans like to smoke more than LA County residents on average, we are also well below the county obesity average.
Above, we highlight important study numbers.