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Los Angeles

I love LA! But... let's talk about some of the issues that this city faces. Of course, this is just a snapshot and does not come close to justifying the complexities of the challenges discussed below. I hope this is a good start.

Average Commute Time for Los Angeles County, CA

Angelinos drive EVERYWHERE, so the commute time between your home and your workplace will determine if you spend 3 hours or just 30 minutes in your car each day.

Educational Attainment in Los Angeles County

Below, you will find a map of the percentage of residents who earned a bachelor's degree or higher in each neighborhood. Notably, the blue region in the bottom left of LA county hosts some of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the united states, such as Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, and Malibu. The areas in white that have the with the lowest percentage of residents with a bachelors degree or higher tend to be areas of lower income. For example, parts of East los Angeles and South Los Angeles typically have lower income residents and lower educational attainment. Of course, this is just a generic view of the educational attainment, and does not mean that someone born in a wealthier area will definitely have a great education, nor does it mean that someone born in a less affluent area will definitely not go to college or above.

Gross Monthly Rent, Los Angeles County, CA

West LA, parts of the Valley, Torrance, and far East Los Angeles have the highest rents, while central Los Angeles and other parts of the valley have lower rents.

Percentage of Population that Identifies as White in Los Angeles County

This map shows the racial distribution of caucasian residents in Los Angeles. Coupled with the map above, one can see that the most expensive areas of rent also have the highest percentage of caucasian residents. This is not by accident- systemic issues have created a Los Angeles that is deeply unequal on the basis of income and race.

In Los Angeles, and the US as a whole, there are deep ties between income, race, and education that create a massive disparity of opportunity. Education systems in lower income areas have less funding and struggle to support enough teachers, while affluent areas have an easier time attracting teachers and resources. Furthermore, family ability to spend on children's schooling depends on the family's overall income. Among other factors, rent hinges on the competition for a home in that area and the ability of competitors to pay the asking prices. Educational opportunities tie into income levels which impact where a person might live.