Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA

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2022 Population
158,730
2.55% 1-year decline
US Senator
Alex Padilla
Democratic Party
US Senator
Laphonza Butler
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
29.9
3.46% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
26.5%
1.47% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$50,743
10.8% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$482,000
15% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA had a population of 159k people with a median age of 29.9 and a median household income of $50,743. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA declined from 162,881 to 158,730, a −2.55% decrease and its median household income grew from $45,778 to $50,743, a 10.8% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA are Other (Hispanic) (40.6%), White (Hispanic) (19.8%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (18.4%), Two+ (Hispanic) (15.7%), and American Indian & Alaska Native (Hispanic) (2.26%).

73.8% of the households in Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

74.3% of the residents in Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA are U.S. citizens.

In 2022, the median property value in Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA was $482,000, and the homeownership rate was 33.7%.

Most people in Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 35 minutes. The average car ownership in Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA is home to a population of 159k people, from which 74.3% are citizens. As of 2022, 36.2% of Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA residents were born outside of the country (57.4k people).

In 2022, there were 2.05 times more Other (Hispanic) residents (64.4k people) in Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 31.4k White (Hispanic) and 29.3k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

The most common non-English languages spoken as the primary langauge in households in Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA are Spanish (107,182 households), Haitian (207 households), and Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese) (206 households).

Citizenship

74.3%
2022 Citizenship
75%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 74.3% of Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA was 75%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA
  1. Other (Hispanic)
    64.4k ± 2.96k
  2. White (Hispanic)
    31.4k ± 2.7k
  3. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    29.3k ± 2.11k
78.8%
Hispanic Population
125k people

In 2022, there were 2.05 times more Other (Hispanic) residents (64.4k people) in Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 31.4k White (Hispanic) and 29.3k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

78.8% of the people in Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA are hispanic (125k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA as a share of the total population.

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Foreign-Born Population

36.2%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
57.4k people
35.7%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
58.1k people

As of 2022, 36.2% of Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA residents (57.4k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA was 35.7%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Non-English Households

Most Common Non-English Languages
  1. Spanish
    107,182 households (73%)
  2. Haitian
    207 households (0.141%)
  3. Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese)
    206 households (0.14%)

73.8% of the households in Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language, which is higher than the national average of 21.7%. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

In 2022, the most common non-English language spoken in households in Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA was Spanish. 73% of the households in Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA reported speaking Spanish at home as the primary shared language between all members living in the household.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Gulf War (2001-)
    336 ± 108
  2. Vietnam
    306 ± 103
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    167 ± 81

Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.1 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA employs 56.7k people. The largest industries in Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA are Restaurants & Food Services (5,247 people), Construction (4,596 people), and Elementary & secondary schools (2,473 people), and the highest paying industries are Electric power generation, transmission & distribution ($97,866), Computer Systems Design ($81,929), and Pharmacies & drug stores ($78,309).

Workforce Diversity

Measure
RACE/ETHNICITY
26,865
Women
47.2%
30,112
Men
52.8%

The workforce of Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA in 2020 was 56,977 people, with 47.2% woman, and 52.8% men.

The visualization shows the distribution of the workforce by gender and age in Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA.

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Occupations

56.7k
2022 Value
−1.09%
1 Year decline
± −1.09%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA declined at a rate of −1.09%, from 57.3k employees to 56.7k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA, are Driver/sales workers & truck drivers (2,472 people), Cashiers (2,345 people), and Construction laborers (2,113 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

56.7k
2022 Value
−1.09%
1 Year decline
± −1.09%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA declined at a rate of −1.09%, from 57.3k employees to 56.7k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA, are Restaurants & Food Services (5,247 people), Construction (4,596 people), and Elementary & secondary schools (2,473 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA, though some of these residents may live in Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$33,164
Median earning men ± $781
$27,169
Median earning women ± $966

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Information ($71,429), Public Administration ($55,417), and Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($39,711).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Construction ($55,313), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($39,688), and Wholesale Trade ($31,659).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
2.57%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 17.9M people employed in California. This represents a 2.57% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 14%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in California.

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in California went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 63.5% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (34.3%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.07%).

Alex Padilla and Laphonza Butler are the senators currently representing the state of California. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

California is currently represented by 52 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from California

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Alex Padilla
Senator from California3
Assumed office on January 20, 2021
Appointed to the seat following the resignation of Kamala Harris, who had become Vice President of the United States.
Laphonza Butler
Senator from California1
Assumed office on October 3, 2023
Appointed to the seat following the death of Dianne Feinstein.

Alex Padilla and Laphonza Butler are the senators currently representing California.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in California over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from California

California is currently represented by 52 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for California have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

Awarded Degrees over Time

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Educational Pyramid

Measure

In 2022, 3.82% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 3.85% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population of Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA in 2022 were Primary Education (37.2k), Secondary Education (34.3k), and High School or Equivalent (30.9k).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA was $482,000 in 2022, which is 1.71 times larger than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $419,200 to $482,000, a 15% increase. The homeownership rate in Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA is 33.7%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA have an average commute time of 35 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA is $50,743. In 2022, the PUMA with the highest Median Household Income in Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA was Santa Clara County (Southwest)--Cupertino, Saratoga Cities & Los Gatos Town PUMA, CA with a value of $222,873, followed by Santa Clara County (Northwest)--Palo Alto City & Los Altos Hills Town PUMA, CA and Contra Costa County (South)--San Ramon City & Danville Town PUMA, CA, with respective values of $206,924 and $199,849.

Property

$482,000
Median Property Value 2022
±$7,268
$13,135
Median Property Taxes
±$722

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

33.7%
Homeownership
2022
70.4%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 33.7% of the housing units in Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 32.9%.

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Income by Location

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In 2022, the PUMA with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA was Santa Clara County (Southwest)--Cupertino, Saratoga Cities & Los Gatos Town PUMA, CA with a value of $222,873, followed by Santa Clara County (Northwest)--Palo Alto City & Los Altos Hills Town PUMA, CA and Contra Costa County (South)--San Ramon City & Danville Town PUMA, CA, with respective values of $206,924 and $199,849.

The following map shows all of the PUMAs in Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$50,743
Median Household Income
± $2,284
39k
Number of Households
± 1,475

In 2022, the median household income of the 39k households in Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA grew to $50,743 from the previous year's value of $45,778.

The following chart displays the households in Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Wage Distribution

0.37
2022 Wage GINI in Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA
0.366
2021 Wage GINI in Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA

In 2022, the income inequality in Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA was 0.37 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.923% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (68.7%)
  2. Carpooled (13%)
  3. Public Transit (9.65%)

In 2022, 68.7% of workers in Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (13%) and those who used public transit to get to work (9.65%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

35 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA have a longer commute time (35 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 5.08% of the workforce in Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

The chart below shows how the median household income in Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA compares to that of it's neighboring and parent geographies.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

26.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA (41.8k out of 157k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 35 - 44, followed by Males 6 - 11 and then Females 25 - 34.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA is Hispanic, followed by Other and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

85.1% of the population of Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA has health coverage, with 20.4% on employee plans, 55.5% on Medicaid, 3.71% on Medicare, 5.29% on non-group plans, and 0.274% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in California see 1240 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.12% decrease from the previous year (1254 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1132 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 244 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,240 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in California

Primary care physicians in California see an average of 1,240 patients per year. This represents a 1.12% decrease from the previous year (1,254 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in California in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 32.7% under 18 years, 25.1% between 18 and 34 years, 34.3% between 35 and 64 years, and 7.9% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 46.8% were men and 53.2% were women.

The following chart shows the number of people with health coverage by gender.

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Uninsured People

14.9%
Uninsured
20.4%
Employer Coverage
55.5%
Medicaid
3.71%
Medicare
5.29%
Non-Group
0.274%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA grew by 2.62% from 14.5% to 14.9%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Los Angeles County (South Central)--LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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