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Old 10-26-2008, 12:10 PM
 
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I work in El Segundo but don't want to be too far from Hollywood so I was considering Koreatown because you can get a nice apartment(at least according to the craigslist photos ) for a good price.

Is Koreatown safe? I've read differing accounts. What percentage of Koreatown is actually korean? Thanks.
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Old 10-26-2008, 01:34 PM
 
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This has been discussed several times.....

Anyways, the general rule of thumb is that the further South (towards the 10 freeway), the nastier it gets and the faster it drops off. The further West you go (i.e Wilshire Center, Hancock Park, etc), the nicer it gets. Going East, it gets pretty skeevy, too...going North is hit or miss.

There is a defined Hispanic gang presence the further South/East you go (past Vermont and onto MacAurthur Park/Westlake/Rampart). I'd avoid those areas if I were you.

As for the Korean population, I'd say...maybe 50-75% depending on what part you go. It is definitely polyglot due to the huge (!!) Hispanic population, and the growing white population (hipsters, single 20-somethings, college students, LA newcomers, etc).

Hope that helped some.
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Old 10-26-2008, 01:39 PM
 
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I lived in Koreatown a few years ago and I never had any problems. Even walking around at night.
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Old 10-26-2008, 03:49 PM
 
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i agree with everything kingofthehill said except that, based on what i've been told, the korean community comprises less than 50% of the neighborhood's population. i'd put the number at maybe 1/3 of the district - possibly even less if you include all of the fringe areas of k-town such as the section going down to the 10 freeway which is overwhelmingly latino. it's hard to tell for sure because the neighborhood is so transient (i.e. lots of people might live there for 6 months or a year and then move on to another area).

remember, just because you see a lot of koreans hanging out in the neighborhood doesn't mean that all of them, or even the majority, live in the area. k-town is a major nightlife, shopping, and dining destination for koreans throughout greater los angeles, so the number of koreans you see during the daytime or nighttime is certainly not an indicator of the actual korean population within the neighborhood's boundaries. also keep in mind that compared with other areas of the region such as cerritos, fullerton, the san fernando valley, etc., there really aren't that many korean families in the area. obviously this is because the neighborhood isn't particularly family-friendly and doesn't have good public schools, although it should be mentioned that hancock park to the west does have a good number of korean families due to the better schools and higher quality of the area.
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Old 10-27-2008, 03:24 AM
 
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This has been discussed several times.....

Anyways, the general rule of thumb is that the further South (towards the 10 freeway), the nastier it gets and the faster it drops off. The further West you go (i.e Wilshire Center, Hancock Park, etc), the nicer it gets. Going East, it gets pretty skeevy, too...going North is hit or miss.

There is a defined Hispanic gang presence the further South/East you go (past Vermont and onto MacAurthur Park/Westlake/Rampart). I'd avoid those areas if I were you.

As for the Korean population, I'd say...maybe 50-75% depending on what part you go. It is definitely polyglot due to the huge (!!) Hispanic population, and the growing white population (hipsters, single 20-somethings, college students, LA newcomers, etc).
Eastern European immigrants are also a sizeable part of the white Koreatown population as is the case in Hollywood and East Hollywood.

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Hope that helped some.
The nicest parts of Koreatown are the northwest and northern areas (technically the term "Melrose Hill" refers to the area at the border of K-town and Hollywood). Southern and eastern K-town are to be avoided, as those can be very dangerous areas.

Be forewarned that Koreatown does have a very sleazy element in it (prostitutes, drug dealing, etc.) It's more like Hollywood in the '80s than Hollywood is today. Much of what used to go on in Hollywood got pushed south to Koreatown. If the OP is bothered by the seedier aspects of Hollywood they'll definitely not like Koreatown, even the nicer areas (excepting those areas closest to Hancock Park). In fact I'd choose Hollywood over K-town.

Ultimately in looking for a place in K-town one must be aware of the particular street and the particular location. One street could be just fine but the next street over could be rather unsafe.
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