East Los Angeles (often shortened to East L.A. or East Los or in Spanish El Este de Los Ángeles) is an unincorporated area in Los Angeles County, California, United States. The community is bounded by the Boyle Heights neighborhood of the city of Los Angeles to the west, the unincorporated area of City Terrace to the northwest, the city of Monterey Park to the northeast, the city of Montebello to the east, and the city of Commerce to the south. It forms part of the East Los Angeles region. The unincorporated area of East Los Angeles was once known as "Maravilla" and also "Belvedere Gardens," just like Chinatown and parts of Lincoln Heights were once known as "Sonoratown" because of the Mexican population that inhabited them. As of the 2000 census, this area had a total population of 124,283. East Los Angeles is represented by Gloria Molina in the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. This community receives its police service from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and fire service is provided by the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
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Population by year ,
2006 127,442 |
As of the census of 2000, there were 124,283 people, 29,844 households, and 25,068 families residing in the community. The population density was 16,697.4 people per square mile (6,449.7/km²). There were 31,096 housing units
at an average density of 4,177.8/sq mi (1,613.7/km²). The racial makeup of the community was 6.77% non-Hispanic White, 4.52% Black or African American, 1.29% Native American, 0.77% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 54.01% from other races, and 4.22% from
two or more races. 87.92% of the population were Hispanic or Latino. There were 29,844 households out of which 51.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.1% were married couples living together, 21.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.0% were non-families. 12.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 4.15 and the average family size was 4.42.
The age distribution of the community was as follows: 34.6% under the age of 18, 12.6% from 18 to 24, 30.7% from 25 to 44, 14.2% from 45 to 64, and 7.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 26 years. For every 100 females there were 101.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.2 males.
The median income for a household in the community was $28,544, and the median income for a family was $29,755. Males had a median income of $21,065 versus $18,475 for females. The per capita income for the community was $9,543. About 24.7% of families and 27.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 35.0% of those under age 18 and 13.5% of those age 65 or over.
The only high school in the LAUSD section of East L.A. is James A. Garfield High School. There are current plans for the building of East Los Angeles High School #2 in the former Hammel Street Elementary School grounds (Hammel ES still exists at a new address). The high school is expected to open in 2009.
Adult Education programs from the Eastside Learning Center and East Los Angeles Occupational Center are intended and currently plan to be relocated at the East LA Star Hospital site. The East LA Star Adult Education project is expected to be completed by 2011.
Oscar De La Hoya Animo High School ranks 6 out of the top 100 schools in the state of California according to the California Department of Education.
Despite multiple failed attempts in the past, residents are currently campaigning for cityhood for East Los Angeles. Proponents of incorporation include California State Senator Gloria Romero and Congresswoman Grace Napolitano.
East L.A. was both the origin and destination of Cheech Marin in both the song and the movie Born in East L.A.. At the end of the song (which was a parody of Born in the U.S.A.), he parodies Randy Newman's I Love L.A. by singing the East L.A. streets Soto Street, Brooklyn Avenue, City Terrace, and Whittier Boulevard.
The Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles is often mistakenly referred to as East L.A. Although this may be in part due to the fact that Boyle Heights is East of the Los Angeles River which divides the city.
The area is also referenced in the Motley Crue song Wildside.