San Fernando Valley Population

San Fernando Valley Population

The San Fernando Valley is home to close to two million people and makes up over half of the land that falls within the borders of the City of Los Angeles. Over 80% of that population is split between Caucasians and Hispanics, with Asians making up another 10% and African Americans representing only around 4%. The highest concentration of Latinos is are in the central and northeastern parts of the Valley, the strongest Asian populations are in Chatsworth, Panorama City, Porter Ranch and Granada Hills. Non-Hispanic Whites reside predominantly in the northwestern, southern and southeastern areas.

Burbank is the largest incorporated city that fall within the San Fernando Valley and is home to a significantly-sized Armenian community, as is it’s neighbor, Glendale, which sits just on the edge of the San Fernando Valley. Another significant ethnic contingency is the Iranian community, which is prevalent in the West San Fernando Valley. The Valley is also home to a large Jewish community, particularly in North Hollywood and Valley Village.

The highest concentration of the population is in the North Hollywood and Van Nuys areas and poverty rates throughout the Valley are some of the lowest in Los Angeles County. Regardless of that statistic, there is still at least one out of every five residents in the San Fernando Valley living below the poverty line. Despite the reputation for being a sprawling metropolis, the San Fernando Valley has some very densely populated areas, with significant tracts of apartment housing. Some of the poorest of the population reside in Pacoima, with Mission Hills and Sylmar following close behind. Much of the problem is related to housing affordability issues, which plagues numerous areas across the state of California. Many of the affluent live in the hills just south of Ventura Blvd, as well as in the higher income communities of Calabasas, Studio City and Sherman Oaks.

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