2010 Census reveals a decade of Echo Park demographic change

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Newly released 2010 U.S. Census figures confirm what many in Echo Park have known for quite some time: the neighborhood has changed. With the help of Census Bureau Area Manager Al Fontenot, The Eastsider focused on one of the few census tracts – No. 1974.2 – in Echo Park  that did not undergo any boundary changes between the 2000 and 2010 Census.  During that decade, this central slice  of the neighborhood, which runs from Sunset Boulevard on the south to Avalon Street on the north, grew less crowded, with the population dropping by about 15% to about 3,500 people. While Latinos remained the majority, their share of the population fell from nearly 70% to below 60%.  The white population, meanwhile, grew from about 13% in 2000 to about 23% last year.  Asians’ share of the population remained about the same at about 13%

There will be more interesting figures in the months ahead as  more details and data from the 2010 Census are released.  Get the most recent Census results in your neighborhood by going to the bureau’s American FactFinder and using the address search in the right-hand column.


  1. Fascinating!

    Looking forward to more of this — it’d be interesting to see these trends across all of the neighborhoods that the Eastsider covers.

    “Gentrification” gets surreal when seen in light of statements like “There are about 200 more White people living in this area than there were 10 years ago.”

    I guess “800 or 1000 Less Latinos” is where the gentrification story really lies.

    Just gonna throw all this out there — Flame away.

  2. @RC: I’ll take issue with your (and others) focus on “race” as the singular factor in gentrification. That is only the most visible manifestation of gentrification, but there are others, perhaps more important factors.
    First, density. This census tract’s racial make-up did not change as much as its density which was more dramatic.
    Second, it probably means that large families (and extended families) are less prevalent than they used to be, since people who live close together in small spaces tend to be related to each other.
    Third, income. Less people living in larger spaces means that they can afford to do so are probably wealthier than the family that used to live there.

    Something is always lost and gained when neighborhoods undergo changes. I’ll leave it at that since I think just about anything that can be said about gentrification in Echo Park has already been said — on this blog, anyway.

  3. Do we have any info about neighborhoods surrounding that one yet?

    • @B.E. Yes, you can find 2010 Census info on the surrounding tracts but most of them can’t be compared directly to 2000 results because of boundary changes. Still, lot’s of interesting info.

  4. Mount Washington resident

    I just looked up these data for my neighborhood in Mt. Washington (census tract 1851). The 2000 data showed 52% white, but the 2010 data in the same census tract shows 60% white. My neighborhood has always been very diverse, but I have noticed more white couples moving in to what has historically been an area for wealthy or powerful Latinos.

  5. Interesting. Like so much of greater LA there is always change going on….just read an article today in LA Times on WeHo elections and the changes there (more or less gay…does it matter). Add these to the many other change dynamics going on currently….Latino’s moving into formerly Af-Am areas….Asians moving into San Marino….gentile youth displacing older Jews in Fairfax area…etc. etc. etc. While change is always a scary prospect to some it does suggest a vibrant, alive and yes, healthy urban place. The much bigger problem are places with no change/no dynamism….Detroit, Buffalo, Cleveland, Youngstown have the opposite problem. Nothing changing there – no dynamism – no life…just slowly dying cities.

  6. @ Sl-er:

    Hear, hear! Those who lament this sort of dynamism would do well to to consider the alternative.

  7. VERY well put Sl-er! I never really thought of it that way…

  8. Race is the biggest illusion ever.

    We are all of one race, these terms server to divide as opposed to unite.

    Focus on other things and progress as a people..

    look beyond the veil of smoke screens…


  9. Excellent news.

    There was also a story recently in the L.A. Times that said Los Angeles was the only major city in the U.S. where the population of non-white children was actually decreasing. This is comforting news to those of us who care about white culture and its survival.

  10. I visited the neighborhood last year and was surprised to see it in such relatively good shape. I am an appraiser by trade and get see many neighborhoods in my profession. I came to Echo Park to see the house my Great-Grandfather had built when he moved here from Scotland in 1923. I expected to see a neighborhood wrought with grafitti – one where I don’t dare roll the windows down or walk around. Basically, your stereotypical run down area full of gang bangers and illegal aliens. I was pleasantly surprised to see a thriving neighborhood with well-kept older homes and a very nice feel to it. As I headed to the house on Cerro Gordo St., I even saw a guy working outside in a Scottish kilt – very unusual in today’s California, even more so in an old neighborhood in L.A.

  11. @ Mark
    white culture and its survival?! What on earth does that even mean… what is “white”. Which country do “white” people come from which has bestowed this all-important culture which must be preserved. America is a MELTING POT of people who are immigrants, whether 1st, 2nd, 3rd generation etc. We’re all in the same boat. Get on over to Texas or some red state, cowboy. We don’t take kindly to bigots.

  12. I just bought a 700 sq foot house in east LA for 198k close to city terrace area. The population density here does not seem to me too different than echo park. Perhaps because there is no apartments where I live. I have noticed investors in my area buying, fixing up and flipping houses close to me. I noticed that same thing beginning to happen in echo park 12 years ago. I love echo park but could not afford it. Could not justify paying hundred of thousands of more dollars to live closer to my favoriting coffee shop. East LA is great as well. All my neighbors are super nice and always lend a helping hand to do things in my house. I love the Aztec motif murals, the hand made tortilla places, and the people.

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