Over 5,500 People Move to WeHo Each Year, with More Than Half in Their 20s

Over 5,500 new residents move to West Hollywood each year, half of them in their twenties. That is one in six residents or 16%. The numbers come from a new report by WeHo by the Numbers. The report uses data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey to assemble a profile of those new residents. The profile is an approximation due to data limitations.

According to the report, 49% of the new residents moving to West Hollywood are female. That is higher than their 43% share of the city’s total population. They also make up about half of the residents moving away from the city.
Half of the new residents are in their 20s. Almost a quarter are in their 30s. Together, they make up about 75% of new residents. That is quite different from the age distribution for residents as a whole. Twenty- and thirty-somethings are only 44% of the total population and 38% of residents who did not move in the last year. The pattern is also different among those leaving the city (or moving within it). About 60% of them are in their 20s and 30s: roughly 30% in their 20s and the same in their 30s.

An estimated 20% of new residents are foreign-born. That is lower than the overall foreign-born share of the city’s population. Current foreign-born residents also appear to be less likely to move away.

The marriage rate is lower among people who recently moved to West Hollywood than for the city as a whole: 16% versus 23%. Residents leaving West Hollywood are also a bit less likely to be married.

College degrees are more common among new residents (and those who move within the city) than the city’s population as a whole: 70% versus a little over 60%.

People moving to West Hollywood from elsewhere in Los Angeles (or moving within the city) have a higher median income than the city as a whole. On the other hand, the median income for new residents from other places — other countries, states, or parts of California — is lower than the overall number. A higher percentage of new residents — almost 20% — fall below the poverty line, compared to 15% for all residents.

An even higher share of new residents (and people moving within the city) rent compared to the city as a whole: 90% versus about 80%.

For more information, see the full report, Who chooses West Hollywood?