This South L.A. city is more than the hometown of The Beach Boys—it’s a densely populated community of 86,000, offering temperate weather, affordable housing, ample parks and easy access to multiple airports and freeways, plus a number of beaches.
Hawthorne is an eco-friendly municipality, with a citywide rain barrel initiative and programs like free paper shredding and pick-up of electronic waste. It’s also incredibly diverse, and with that comes an array of restaurants serving authentic, international fare. Hawthorne also supports two community colleges, so don’t be surprised to find a few students in the mix alongside families and singles. Many newcomers to the area opt for its Del Aire neighborhood, finding the city to be especially convenient for easy access to LAX. It’s a renter’s market here, with a large selection of apartments and a few 1950s-style ranch homes.
Hawthorne is incredibly convenient, located off both the 405 and the 105. To the north, the blossoming nearby Inglewood Arts District provides a shot of culture. To the west, you’ll find you’re not far from the beach communities of El Segundo, Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach. While much of Hawthorne is flat, most residents travel by car, especially at night, though the city offers multiple bus lines with frequent stops. In fact, most commuters within the city take the bus, leading to less smog and traffic on the whole.
Hawthorne isn’t necessarily a hotbed for L.A. nightlife, but its low cost of living makes visiting other hubs a cinch. You’ll find that much of the city is relatively quiet, with all of your basic necessities: schools, shopping at Hawthorne Plaza, and a number of parks throughout the area.
|Square Miles||6 square miles|
|Population Density||13,910 people per square mile|
|Total Population||84.3k people|
|Median Household Income||$45,622|
|Median Age||31 years old|