$206 is the amount the LA County Federation of Labor has allotted for “miscellaneous” expenses, meaning those listed above, for a single adult living “modestly” in LA. According to the LACFL a single adult needs to make $28,126 to live in LA. A two-parent household would need to make between $51,035 and $74,044, and when they say “modest,” they mean modest. Somehow that family has found an apartment to house 3 to 4 people for $1269 a month. You can chuckle at the rest of the figures on the brief .pdf document here. (Hat tip to LA Indymedia.)
Even given such seemingly impossible amounts, there are plenty of folks who aren’t making the “modest” living listed here. Find out who after the jump.
Zipskinny is a nifty site that shows demographic census data for any given zipcode. (Thanks to my Minnesota pals After School Snack for the link.) Among other cool features, the site allows you to compare data about different zipcodes side by side. The charts below compare six different LA zips chosen not so randomly. (Zip information courtesy of the LA County’s CEO’s office.)
The first chart compares income by zipcode:
And the second compares race in the same six zipcodes:
Even to a seasoned cynical person, it’s perhaps startling (and certainly depressing) how much income and race are correlated. Whiter neighborhoods are richer neighborhoods. I realize this isn’t exactly a news flash, but playing around with zipskinny, it comes statistically clear in a way that is almost breathtaking.
The zipcodes are as follows:
90002 = Watts,
90007 = South Central,
90024 = Westwood,
90210 = Do I need to even say it?,
90222 = Compton,
91436 = Encino.
I’ll admit I’m a 91436 denizen, though not statistically mean in terms of income or marital status (mean in other ways though). When I first looked up my zipcode and saw the ethnic breakdown, it was damn embarrassing. It’s a wonder I don’t go blind from the glare walking around here–87% white indeed.
What about your neighborhood? Are y’all living modestly or well? What’s the skinny on your zip?
(Omar Omar‘s photo of 6th and Fairfax used under a Creative Commons license.)