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2010 Census Reveals Increase in Highland Park's White Population

Increase in white population in two central census tracts in accompanied by slight drop in Hispanic population.

While precisely monitoring the change in population of Los Angeles' many neighborhoods has been difficult since the release of the 2010 U.S. Census in March, due to the fact the data is not yet searchable by Zip-Code, The New York Times recently released data map has shed some light on local trends.

Click here to see see The Times' interactive data map.

The data is broken down by census tracts, some of which are shared by multiple neighborhoods. However, several tracts that are exclusively in Highland Park show a significant increase in the area's white population and a modest decrease in the Hispanic population.

In census tract 1836.20, which is abutted on either side by N. Figueroa Street and York Boulevard in the center of Highland Park, the reported white population in 2010 increased by 16-percent compared to the 2000 census data. In the same area, the reported Hispanic population dropped by three percentage points. 

In nearby census tract 1836.10, which is bordered in the north by York Boulevard and in the south by N. Figueroa St., the reported white population increased by 16-percent between 2000 and 2010. In the same area, the Hispanic population dropped by 13 percent.

Despite the shift, both areas remained predominantly Hispanic in terms of population, with 74-percent of tract 1836.20 identifying as Hispanic, and 81-percent of tract 1836.10 identifying as Hispanic.

Another trend identified in the two central tracks was drastic decreases in the neighborhood's black population, a trend possibly attributable to the targeting of African Americans by a local gang in the earlier part of the decade.

Frank Mackey July 26, 2011 at 06:46 AM
Likely? The AA numbers around a couple of the gang's strongholds actually increased. I don't think there are sizeable populations here to begin with to be able to draw conclusions. Look at the Native American numbers in the area. Maybe the rising rents since the Goldline arrived pushed out the most impoverished, who is to say? Maybe demographics just do what they do, change.
David Fonseca July 26, 2011 at 07:20 AM
Fair point, Frank. Also, given the 10 year time span, it's a bit of a stretch to suggest that such a small portion of the population would shift due to the gang violence.

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