West Hollywood, CA

West Hollywood profile

Living in West Hollywood

West Hollywood is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 36,475 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, West Hollywood is the 227th largest community in California.

West Hollywood home prices are not only among the most expensive in California, but West Hollywood real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

West Hollywood is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 94.47% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, West Hollywood is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in West Hollywood who work in art, media, and design (16.53%), management occupations (16.17%), and office and administrative support (13.11%).

Of important note, West Hollywood is also a city of artists. West Hollywood has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape West Hollywood’s character.

Also of interest is that West Hollywood has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

A relatively large number of people in West Hollywood telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 11.94% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

West Hollywood, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the city.

One downside of living in West Hollywood is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In West Hollywood, the average commute to work is 31.49 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

For the size of the city, public transportation in West Hollywood is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking taxis. For West Hollywood, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to West Hollywood, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. West Hollywood is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 62.22% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in West Hollywood in 2018 was $69,147, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $276,588 for a family of four. However, West Hollywood contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

West Hollywood is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call West Hollywood home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of West Hollywood residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. West Hollywood also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 10.28% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in West Hollywood include German, Irish, Italian, English, and Russian.

In addition, West Hollywood has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (24.73%).

The most common language spoken in West Hollywood is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Slavic languages.