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To find the youth of L.A., look to the south

June 9, 2009 | 10:44 am

The mission of Shane's Inspiration is to create Universally Accessible Playgrounds and programs that integrate children of all abilities socially, physically and emotionally, fostering acceptance, friendship and understanding.


When it comes to youth, the Southside of Los Angeles is the place to look. The Times' Mapping L.A. project found that L.A. neighborhoods with the lowest median ages tend to be in working-class areas of South L.A. and vicinity. Watts has the youngest population, with a median age of 21. The Top 10 list of youngest neighborhoods includes several neighboring districts (as well as Wilmington down in the harbor area).

Median age reports the age of the person who falls exactly in the middle of the pack.

  • Watts 21
  • Central-Alameda 22
  • University Park 23
  • South Park 23
  • Florence 23
  • Historic South-Central 23
  • Broadway-Manchester 23
  • Wilmington 24
  • Vermont Vista 24
  • Vermont Knolls 24
  • Drilling into L.A. uses Times databases to mine interesting facts and trends about L.A.

    Photo: Children play on a playground in Lake Balboa. Credit: Los Angeles Times