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Unread 09-16-2011, 07:31 PM
 
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Default Is Los Angeles Diverse (Hispanics, Asians)?

I might move to LA next year but I'm extremly nervous of what it will be demographics wise. I live in El Paso, TX and there are few white people. I've never been to Los Angeles but it looks really nice but what will it be like?
Is it mostly white? I've heard it has Mexicans but a lot? Do you see a lot of Hispanics in the city and suburbs? Do you see a lot of Asians in the city and metro? What is downtown like? All white? I'm really scared to go and the only minority because of how the city and metro is portrayed.
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Unread 09-16-2011, 08:17 PM
 
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LA County as a whole is diverse, but many areas have majorities of one ethnic or racial group.
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Unread 09-16-2011, 08:38 PM
 
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LA is incredibly diverse - arguably as much or more than any metro area in the country. IMO the only metro area which might be more diverse is the nyc area, and even then, it's debatable. at the very least, it's far more segregated than the LA area with a much higher non-latino white population.

furthermore, LA's diversity is spread throughout the city and region, so you'll see a mix of people everywhere, although naturally certain areas tend to be more heavily latino, asian, white, african-american, etc.

basically, here's the breakdown of the LA area's racial makeup:
~33% mexican (not latinos overall, but MEXICANS specifically)
~33% non-latino whites
~33% everyone else

"everyone else" consists of non-mexican latinos, asians, african-americans/blacks, and anyone else who isn't mexican or non-latino white. and within these categories, there is tremendous diversity. LA has the nation's largest populations of numerous latin and asian ethnic groups (guatemalans, salvadorans, hondurans, bolivians, japanese, koreans, taiwanese, vietnamese, thai, cambodians, filipinos, and so forth), so despite the perception by some that LA is "mostly mexican", the reality is that numerous groups are extremely well-represented in socal.

meanwhile, the african-american population mainly consists of american-born blacks with roots in the u.s. south, but there's also an increasing number of african immigrants, including the nation's largest ethiopian population. west africans (especially nigerians and ghanaians) seem to be increasing in number, too. and although there isn't a huge afro-caribbean population, there are some jamaicans along with the nation's largest belizean population (technically central american, but with cultural ties to the caribbean).

in the "non-latino white" category, there are WASPs, ashkenazi jews, persian jews, bukharan jews from the former soviet union, armenians, russians, ukrainians, bulgarians, lebanese, turks, and so forth. in other words, the white population is extremely diverse in its own right.
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Unread 09-16-2011, 08:49 PM
 
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Is the earth round? Is the sky blue? You may want to move to Austin because LA will be a traumatic event for you. Keep that segregated mindset where it belongs--in Texas.
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Unread 09-16-2011, 10:30 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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Is the earth round? Is the sky blue? You may want to move to Austin because LA will be a traumatic event for you. Keep that segregated mindset where it belongs--in Texas.
I've lived in Austin, Houston, Dallas, in the sticks, the Bay Area, San Diego, and LA. Trust me.. the segregated mindset and racial tension is way higher in LA than any other place I've ever lived.. California OR Texas. You are way off base.

And to the OP, no worries... there are so many different areas, that if it's important to you, you can find almost any ethnic mix you like.. from nearly 100% brown to nearly 100% white to everything in between.

Here's a nice graphical view of it all: http://projects.nytimes.com/census/2010/explorer
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Unread 09-17-2011, 12:18 AM
 
Location: 'Murica
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I have a hard time taking the OP as a serious post
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Unread 09-17-2011, 12:21 AM
 
Location: Northridge, Los Angeles, CA
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I think LA is full of Angelenos. Therefore, it's not diverse.
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Unread 09-17-2011, 12:30 AM
 
Location: Armsanta Sorad
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I've lived in Austin, Houston, Dallas, in the sticks, the Bay Area, San Diego, and LA. Trust me.. the segregated mindset and racial tension is way higher in LA than any other place I've ever lived.. California OR Texas. You are way off base.

And to the OP, no worries... there are so many different areas, that if it's important to you, you can find almost any ethnic mix you like.. from nearly 100% brown to nearly 100% white to everything in between.

Here's a nice graphical view of it all: Mapping America ? Census Bureau 2005-9 American Community Survey - NYTimes.com
Interesting map. Racial paranoia seems high among (mostly white) Angelenos.
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Unread 09-17-2011, 07:26 AM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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I don't get what OP is afraid of.
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Unread 09-17-2011, 09:35 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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I don't get what OP is afraid of.
Anyone who has to ask if Los Angeles has a lot of Mexicans / Mexican-Americans is pretty confused or clueless to begin with.

Looks like a drive by one hit post at this point....
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