San Fernando Valley

Snapshot: the San Fernando Valley

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With Glendale and Burbank included the Valley's population is now 1.74 million, larger than every U.S. city except New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston. The U.S. Census Bureau's first-ever breakout of the Valley's population finds that it's within a percentage point or two of Los Angeles, plus or minus, in most major categories. But the Valley is whiter, has less poverty, is slightly more foreign born and a little more likely to drive. Data is from 2005 and derived from an Excel spreadsheet at the website of Rep. Brad Sherman.

Snapshot of selected numbers I found interesting (i.e., categories don't necessarily add to 100%):

Population total: 1,742,760
Female: 50.25%
Male: 49.75%
Median age: 35.3

White: 60.9% (Los Angeles 51%)
White not Hispanic: 42.7% (Los Angeles 28.4%)
Hispanic: 41.6% (Los Angeles 48.9%)
Asian: 10.6% (Los Angeles 11.4%)
African American: 3.9% (Los Angeles 9.9%)

Foreign-born: 711,185 (40.81% of total)
    → Latin America 21.4%
    → Asia 15.1%
Naturalized U.S. citizens: 330,520 (18.9%)
Non-citizens: 380,665 (21.8%)
Foreign-born who entered since 2000: 117,410 (6.7%)
Language spoken at home (of age 5 and over):
    → English only 41.2%
    → Spanish 62.5%

Married:
    → Women: 300,040 (47.6% of women over 15)
    → Men: 352,415 (52.2% of men over 15)
Divorced:
    → Women: 65,370 (9.4% of women over 15)
    → Men: 44,845 (6.6% of men over 15)

Bachelor's degrees or higher: 335,425 (29.8%)
25 years or over, less then 9th grade education: 139,500

Lived in same house year ago: 1,849,295 (86.7%)
Born in another state: 291,170 (16.7%)

Drive alone to work: 74% of workers
Public transportation to work: 5.1% of workers
Work at home: 4.6% of workers
Households with no vehicle: 7.9%

Household income and benefits:
    → Under $10,000 7.3% of households
    → Over $200,000 5.1% of households
Median household income:
    → Valley $73,411
    → Los Angeles $66,364
Families below poverty level:
    → Valley 10.2%
    → Los Angeles 16.7%

Homes built 1939 or earlier: 6.7%


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