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Census Reveals WeHo Getting Smaller and More Diverse

Unlike many cities in the area, West Hollywood's population dropped over the past decade by a tiny percentage, while minority populations grew.

West Hollywood's population may have shrunk a bit over the past decade, according to U.S. Census data released earlier this week, but it is also growing more diverse.

As of 2010, the total population of the city was 34,399, down by almost 4 percent from 2000's 35,716.

The racial group that saw the most dramatic change in the city was the Asian population, which grew by 39 percent, from 1350 in 2000 to 1874 in 2010. Asians now represent 5.4 percent of the total city population, up from 3.8 percent in 2000.

The Hipsanic and white populations saw the next two largest changes. The Hispanic population grew by 15 percent from 3142 in 2000 to 3613 in 2010, representing 10.5 percent of the total population, up from 8.8 percent in 2000.

The population of whites shrank by over 6 percent, from 30,868 in 2000 to 28,979 in 2010. That being said, whites are still the majority population, making up 84.2 percent of the total, census count shows.

The Black population stayed stable, only increasing by less than 1 percent, while those designating their race as "other" grew by 2 percent to 1049 in 2010, and those marking down two or more races grew by 4 percent to 1245 in 2010. Blacks are currently 3.2 percent of the total population, with Other and Two or more Races representing 3 percent and 3.6 percent of the total, respectively.

In December, the Census Bureau released state population figures indicating that the population of California grew from 33.9 million residents in 2000 to 37.3 million in 2010. Though California’s 10 percent growth rate makes it the 20th fastest-growing state in the country, it remains the most populous state.

Paul March 12, 2011 at 08:45 AM
Oh coarse it has shrunk. Factor in the reduction of middle class housing due to the demolition of rent controlled apartment rentals and replaced with million dollar condos no one can afford. Sadly, many wonderful people have died from AIDS who lived & loved West Hollywood. These people wonderful people would be here today if AIDS had not effected there lives.
WeHoOne March 12, 2011 at 08:23 PM
I agree Paul. For a city purported to be so popular and I hear so often "everybody wants to live in West Hollywood"...the facts & figures tell a different story. Makes me wonder even more why the present city plan being formulated includes plans for a 20% increase in the population - which shows no signs of happening. I think it is just another part of John Heilman's and Abbe Land's personal "plans" for West Hollywood; the two of them seem to have their own reality. Tuesday's election should be a wake up call for both of them , but when people are as far out of touch as they are, probably not. The only answer is that they should be replaced with council members who live on the planet earth and will carry out the wishes of the people of the city and not their developer supporters. I also hope future non incumbant candidates will make more inroads with the Russian voters, as that is the part of the electorate that seems to put Abbe and John over the top every time. Abbe might at least try to move on to a higher office, but John Heilman clearly has no intention or course of action to move on in life without being being told to do so by the voters. Even though John Heilman won this time around, I don't think he is reelectable as the momentum against him and his style of control is growing all the time. Goes to show people can make a difference when they really want to. Next "citizen's movement" must be term limits, that's the only way we can make real change we want.

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