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Century City

"Century City" redirects here. For other uses, see Century City (disambiguation).
Century City
Neighborhood of Los Angeles

Century City on January 25, 2009
Century City
Century City
Location within Western Los Angeles

Coordinates: 34°03′20″N 118°25′01″W / 34.05556°N 118.41694°W / 34.05556; -118.41694

Century City is a 176-acre (712,000-m2) commercial and residential district in the West Los Angeles region of Los Angeles County, California.[1] The 5,900+ residents make up an older-aged, 82.5% white, high-income, well-educated population.

The neighborhood was developed on property used by 20th Century Fox for making motion pictures, and its first building was opened in 1963. There are two private but no public schools in the neighborhood. Important to the economy are a shopping center, business towers and Fox Studios.

Geography

According to the Mapping L.A. project of the Los Angeles Times, Century City is bordered on the northeast and east by Beverly Hills, on the southeast and south by Cheviot Hills, on the southwest and west by West Los Angeles and on the northwest by Westwood.[2]

History

File:Avenue of the Stars 1978.ogv Once a backlot of 20th Century Fox, which still has its headquarters just to the southwest, the Fox studio commissioned a master-plan development from Welton Becket Associates, which was unveiled at a major press event on the "western" backlot in 1957. In 1961, after Fox suffered a string of expensive flops, culminating with the financial strain put on the studio by the very expensive production of Cleopatra, the film studio sold about 180 acres (0.73 km2) to developer William Zeckendorf and Aluminum Co. of America, also known as Alcoa. The new owners conceived Century City as "a city within a city."[3] In 1963, the first building, Century City Gateway West, was complete, followed the next year by Minoru Yamasaki's Century Plaza Hotel.

Population



The 2000 U.S. census counted 5,513 residents in the 0.70-square-mile Century City neighborhood—or 7,869 people per square mile, an average population density for the city. The Southern California Association of Governments estimates that the daytime population amounts to 48,343 on a working day. In 2008, the city estimated that the resident population had increased to 5,934.[4]

In 2008 the median age for residents was 46, older than average for the city and the county. The percentage of residents aged 65 and older (26.4%) was the highest for any neighborhood in Los Angeles County. The percentages of widowed men and women and of divorced men were among the county's highest. Military veterans accounted for 11.9% of the population, a high rate for the city and the county.[4][5]

The neighborhood was considered "not especially diverse" ethnically, with a high percentage of white residents. The breakdown was whites, 82.5%; Asians, 8.6%;Latinos, 4.4%; blacks, 1.4%; and others, 3,0%. Iran (21.2%) and Canada (6.1%) were the most common places of birth for the 25.5% of the residents who were born abroad—a low percentage, compared to the city at large.[4]

The median yearly household income in 2008 dollars was $95,195, a high figure for Los Angeles. The percentage of households that earned $125,000 and up was high for Los Angeles County. The average household size of 1.8 people was low for Los Angeles. Renters occupied 39.6% of the housing stock and apartment owners held 60.4%.[4]

Economy

The Century City Shopping Mall and Fox Studios occupy important acreage in the neighborhood.

One tower, Constellation Place (formerly the MGM Tower),[6] has the headquarters of Houlihan Lokey,[7] International Creative Management,[8] and International Lease Finance Corporation.[9] Crystal Cruises is also headquartered in Century City.[10][11]

Government and infrastructure

The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services SPA 5 West Area Health Office serves Century City.[12]

Emergency services

Fire service

Los Angeles Fire Department

Police service

Los Angeles Police Department operates the West Los Angeles Community Police Station at 1663 Butler Avenue, 90025, serving the neighborhood.[14]

Education

Fifty-five percent of Century City residents aged 25 or over had earned a four-year degree by 2000, a high figure for Los Angeles.[4]

Two private schools are located within the Century City neighborhood—Lycée Français de Los Angeles, at 10361 Pico Boulevard, and Temple Isaiah Preschool and Kindergarten, at 10345 West PIco Boulevard.[15]

References

External links

  • History of the Century Plaza Hotel

Coordinates: 34°03′20″N 118°25′01″W / 34.05556°N 118.41694°W / 34.05556; -118.41694

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