West Athens, California

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West Athens is a census-designated place (CDP) in Los Angeles County, California, United States. The population was 9,101 at the 2000 census. It is an unincorporated area within the 2nd Supervisorial District of Los Angeles County. West Athens is served by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, operating out of the Lennox Station. The approximate boundaries for West Athens are: 87th Street to the North, Vermont Avenue to the East, El Segundo Boulevard to the South, and approximately Western Avenue to Van Ness Avenue to the West. West Athens is predominantly residential, with commercial uses along its main corridors. Los Angeles Southwest Community College lies within West Athens.



West Athens is located at 33°55′21″N 118°18′4″W / 33.9225°N 118.30111°W / 33.9225; -118.30111 (33.922414, -118.301156).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.5 km² (1.3 mi²), all land.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 9,101 people, 2,573 households, and 2,102 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 2,622.3/km² (6,784.4/mi²). There were 2,673 housing units at an average density of 770.2/km² (1,992.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 12.90% White, 65.09% African American, 0.58% Native American, 1.58% Asian, 0.41% Pacific Islander, 25.13% from other races, and 3.31% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 25.30% of the population.

There were 2,573 households out of which 45.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.4% were married couples living together, 28.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.3% were non-families. 14.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.54 and the average family size was 3.83.

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