Over the past two years, we’ve researched and published 100 reports about West Hollywood. The following list offers highlights of what we’ve learned. Please keep in mind that we took the numbers from the original reports without updating them.


  1. The city has 25,000 housing units for roughly 36,000 residents […]
  2. Since 2006, 1,876 units have been built — almost three times the state-mandated goal through 2021 — and another 374 units are approved and awaiting construction […]
  3. About 80% of residents are renters, more than in Manhattan, and almost two-thirds of households that rent are one-person households […]
  4. Market-rate rents have increased an average of 6% per year over the last few years […]
  5. Rent stabilization covers close to 17,000 units and without it, the tenants’ rents might be 5% to 80% higher (or more), depending on how long they’ve lived there […]
  6. 5% of stabilized units have been removed from the rental market using the Ellis Act, replaced by more units in total but fewer that are as affordable as the original units […]
  7. The city has 1,850 “affordable housing” units, 7% of the housing supply. “Affordable housing” is the technical term for units with subsidized, below-market-rate rents for qualifying households — what the British call “social housing” — not to be confused with housing that is “affordable” in a broader sense […]
  8. About 400 affordable housing units have been built since 2006, roughly 10% of them for moderate-income households, the rest for very low and low income households […]
  9. Non-residents got about 40% of the new city-mandated affordable housing units included in market-rate developments[…]
  10. The city had an estimated 700 active short-term rentals last year — a 30% annual increase — and 70% of them were whole units […]


  1. About 40,000 people commute in or out of the city, because only one in five jobs is filled by a resident and only one in four residents works in the city (or half that if we don’t count people working at home) […]
  2. Most residents and workers who commute get to work by car: 88% and 83%, respectively […]
  3. A declining number of households (12%) and a smaller share of young residents (5%) are car-free, though another 10% of households are low-car, meaning they have one car for multiple people […]
  4. The share of traffic just passing through the city has been estimated at 25% to 50% […]
  5. Traffic on Santa Monica Boulevard grew almost 40% over 20 years and average delays could increase by 40% in the next 20 years […]
  6. Santa Monica Boulevard traffic stays at 75% or more of its daily peak for 14 hours a day, from 7 AM until 9 PM […]
  7. The physical condition of the city’s streets is in the 95th percentile, about the same as Beverly Hills and Santa Monica […]
  8. The city provides over 110,000 rides a year through its transit programs […]
  9. The free Dial-a-Ride van service for senior/disabled residents costs the city $44 per ride, taxi subsidies for senior/disabled residents cost the city $22 per ride, and the free CityLine bus service for everyone costs the city $13 per ride (excluding vehicle purchases) […]

Public safety

  1. In 2014, the number of violent and property crimes hit its lowest point since the city’s incorporation, down almost two-thirds […]
  2. After hitting that low point, the number of crimes grew 5% in 2015 and 10% in 2016, led by motor vehicle theft, rape, strong-arm robbery, and theft […]
  3. There is less crime in the city than in the adjacent Los Angeles neighborhoods of Hollywood, Fairfax, and Beverly Grove, but more than in Beverly Hills and Santa Monica […]
  4. The city has three DUI arrests and one DUI collision per week […]
  5. The sheriff’s station gets a domestic-violence-related call every three days […]
  6. The number of reported hate crimes is stable, with one-third motivated by racial or ethnic bias and two-thirds by sexual orientation bias […]
  7. People are injured in traffic collisions five times a week, with one or two deaths per year […]
  8. Collisions with pedestrians in crosswalks fell 38% after the City added extra safety measures […]


  1. There are somewhere between 25,000 and 31,000 jobs in the city […]
  2. The city has $1.3 billion in taxable sales, almost double the number from 15 years ago […]
  3. West Hollywood has the most restaurant/bar-type liquor licenses per square mile of any California city and more restaurants and bars per capita than nearby cities […]
  4. West Hollywood ranks in the top 30 nationally for the number of dry cleaners and the number of gyms/fitness centers and the number of salons, among cities with at least 10,000 residents […]
  5. The number of film permits grew 20% over four years and, last year, almost 100 TV and feature film productions — one-third of them reality TV — filmed in the city […]


  1. The city’s population is still lower than the 36,750 it had just after incorporation […]
  2. West Hollywood is the 17th densest city in the US and fourth densest city in California, though not as dense as some parts of Los Angeles such as Hollywood or Koreatown […]
  3. West Hollywood’s income inequality is higher than the state overall […]
  4. A quarter of the city’s residents are immigrants and a third of them are from the former Soviet Union […]
  5. West Hollywood is the most liberal city on the Los Angeles political spectrum, based on residents’ votes on issues such marijuana, condoms, bilingual education, the death penalty, and Metro’s sales tax increase […]

Health and social services

  1. The city spends $4.5 million a year on social services for 10,000 clients (counting the same person more than once if they use multiple services), 40% of them seniors and one-third of them women […]
  2. About 2,500 residents are living with HIV and more than 70 are newly diagnosed each year, the highest rate per capita in the county but lower than a few years ago […]
  3. Few local children skip immunizations altogether, but a significant number are behind on them: 17% of kindergarteners at local schools versus 7% a decade ago […]
  4. The city’s one-day homeless count in 2016 found 87 homeless individuals, double the prior year’s number, but lower than 2005’s high […]


  1. The city spends over $3,000 per resident per year, with about $500 of it going to policing […]
  2. One-third of the city’s tax revenue comes from the hotel tax […]
  3. An estimated 32,000 residents are eligible to vote and 20,000 of them vote for president, but typically only 5,000 vote for city council (more this year) […]


  1. The majority of students are disadvantaged at six of the seven local public schools serving West Hollywood […]
  2. Between 18% and 88% of students at West Hollywood-serving public schools met or exceeded standards on new state tests, with students at West Hollywood Elementary doing particularly well […]


  1. Both of the city’s water suppliers, Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, were conserving about 20% as of last September, and Beverly Hills was using 75% more water per resident than Los Angeles […]
  2. Construction, businesses, and animals are the biggest sources of noise complaints in the city, though gardeners also trigger 17% of the complaints […]

Recreation and culture

  1. Non-residents made up 25% to 90% of the users of the city’s various recreation programs […]
  2. The city spent $66 per resident (plus staff time) on Halloween, Pride, and 40 other special events, with 80% going to the two big ones […]

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Over the past two years, we’ve researched and published 100 reports about West Hollywood. The following list offers highlights of what we’ve learned. Please keep in mind that we took the numbers from the original reports without updating them. Housing The city has 25,000 housing units for roughly 36,000 residents Since...