The San Fernando Valley

The San Fernando Valley

The Higley 1000 neighborhoods located in the San Fernando Valley are the logical geographic extension of the core area of West Los Angeles. It consists of five contiguous neighborhoods on the northern slopes of the Santa Monica Mountains: Woodland Park, Tarzana Hills, Encino Hills, Sherman Oaks, and Studio City Hills. I have added the term “hills” to differentiate the wealthiest areas from the less affluent flats that each neighborhood is associated with. None of the Census Block Groups north of Ventura Boulevard are wealthy enough to qualify for the Higley 1000.

The five neighborhoods are relatively large in terms of the number of households (Mean 1,476 households).  This is more than twice the mean number of households in all Higley 1000 neighborhoods (676). Although the number of Higley 1000 households in the San Fernando Valley is a distant second to West Los Angeles (7,381 vs. 28,533), it has the second largest concentration of wealth in the Metro area (CMSA). One can find the number of Higley 1000 households by clusters (e.g. Palos Verdes Peninsula, Newport Beach, Coto de Caza) by reading the article “Los Angeles: Beyond the Platinum Triangle” on the homepage.

Map of the Higley 1000 San Fernando Valley Neighborhoods

View Larger Map of Higley 1000 Neighborhoods in San Fernando Valley

I have chosen to group Hidden Hills, a gated incorporated suburb, and Mountainview Estates located just west of Hidden Hills with the Malibu neighborhoods although one could make a good geographical argument that they are part of the Valley. Surprisingly, none of the affluent community of Calabassas’ Block Groups had a high enough mean household income to be included in the Higley 1000.

The San Fernando Valley is large as it covers 345 square miles of which 224 are located within the corporate limits of Los Angeles. The remainder of the valley is found in various independent communities such as Burbank, Glendale and the city of San Fernando.  The LA portion of the Valley has approximately 1.3 million people and according to Wikipedia, has a racial make-up that is about 42% Non-Hispanic White, 42% Latino, 11% Asian, and 4% African-American.

In 2002 the San Fernando Valley failed in an attempt to secede from the rest of the city of Los Angeles. Although the referendum passed by a close margin in the Valley, it did not pass in the rest of the city and therefore the San Fernando Valley continues as a vast suburban hinterland to the rest of the city.

Racial Patterns in the San Fernando Valley Higley 1000 Neighborhoods

The San Fernando Valley Higley 1000 neighborhoods share the same racial profile with the much larger West Los Angeles core to the south. It is overwhelmingly Non-Hispanic White. There is no evidence of the large Mexican presence in the rest of the Valley nor the greater metropolitan area. As I previously remarked on in my essay on West Los Angeles,  concentrations of high income Asians are found in other clusters of wealth in Los Angeles, most notably in the Palos Verdes Peninsula and the Pasadena-San Marino area in Los Angeles County. There are also  relatively large concentrations of Asians found in the Orange County communities of Yorba Linda, Laguna Hills, and the Turtle Rock neighborhood of Irvine.

Table of the Racial Makeup of the Five San Fernando Valley Neighborhoods

Racial Makeup of the San Fernando Valley

  Black % Asian % Latino % White %
Sherman Oaks 1.0 3.4 3.4 91.6
Studio City Hills 2.5 2.1 2.0 89.5
Encino 0.6 3.4 1.7 92.3
Woodland Hills East 0.6 2.8 1.7 91.8
Tarzana Hills 1.3 6.2 1.3 90.5
San Fernando Valley 1.2 3.5 2.1 91.1
City of Los Angeles 12.6 10.3 32.9 40.9
Los Angeles County 10.7 11.5 32.3 42.3
Los Angeles Metro (CMSA) 8.0 9.7 28.6 50.7

Posted in General on Apr 19th, 2008, 3:55 pm by Stephen Higley   

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