Lake Los Angeles, California

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Lake Los Angeles is a census-designated place (CDP) in Los Angeles County, California, United States. The population was 11,523 at the 2000 census. It is located 17 miles (27 km) east of Palmdale's Civic Center.

The region was once called Los Angeles Buttes since they were the only ones in the northern part of the county.

The film history of the region dates back to 1938. Numerous movies, serials, and television series were filmed in Lake Los Angeles for decades. Filmed segments and stock footage of "Bonanza" episodes made at the region include "The Mission", "Gallagher's Sons", "Twilight Town", "Big Shadow on the Land", "The Deed and the Dilemma", "The Oath", "Second Chance" and "Meena." Lake Los Angeles has two filming locations named Four Aces Movie Location (located on the northwest corner of 145 Street East and Avenue Q) and Club Ed (located east of 150 Street East between Avenue N and Avenue K). Both locations and surrounding areas have been used for television series, featured films, music videos, and television commercials.

The eponymous lake is dried up today. In 1967, during the 1960s land speculation boom in the Antelope Valley, land developers bought 4,000 acres (16 km2) in the region, sub-divided it into 4,465 lots, and artificially refilled the natural lake and named it Lake Los Angeles as an enticement to landbuyers. Advertisements showed a water skier on the lake and a showcase home on the top of the nearby hill, giving the impression of a resort town. The lake was allowed to evaporate after the initial developers sold their interests. Much of the land was sold to buyers who never visited the area. There are efforts to get the lake filled again, but the main obstacle has been funding.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 11,523 people, 3,137 households, and 2,613 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 342.0/km² (885.7/mi²). There were 3,453 housing units at an average density of 102.5/km² (265.4/mi²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 61.01% White, 12.11% African American, 1.49% Native American, 1.00% Asian, 0.16% Pacific Islander, 18.73% from other races, and 5.49% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 33.58% of the population.

There were 3,137 households out of which 52.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.9% were married couples living together, 15.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.7% were non-families. 11.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.66 and the average family size was 3.92.

In the CDP, the population was spread out with 39.9% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 27.9% from 25 to 44, 18.8% from 45 to 64, and 5.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.7 males.

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