West Hollywood is bordered on the north by the Hollywood Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, on the east by theHollywood District of Los Angeles, on the west by the city of Beverly Hills, and on the south by the Fairfax District of Los Angeles. West Hollywood benefits from a very dense, compact urban form with small lots, a mix of land uses, and a walkable street grid. Commercial corridors include the nightlife and dining focused on the Sunset Strip, along Santa Monica Boulevard, and the Avenues of Art & Design along Robertson, Melrose, and Beverly near the Pacific Design Center. West Hollywood is also home to a large gay community making up over 40% of the population according to demographic analysis. The majority of gay culture is focused along Santa Monica Blvd. In 1985, West Hollywood was the first city to create a same-gender domestic partnership registration for its residents, as well as to offer same-gender domestic partner benefits for city employees.
For many years, the area that is now the City of West Hollywood was an unincorporated area in the midst of Los Angeles. Because gambling was illegal in the City of Los Angeles, but still legal in Los Angeles County, the 1920s saw the proliferation of many casinos, night clubs, etc., along Sunset Boulevard. Some people connected with movie-making were attracted to this less-restricted area of the County, and a number of architecturally distinctive apartment buildings and apartment hotels were built. Eventually, the area and its extravagant nightclubs fell out of favor. However, the Sunset Strip and its restaurants, saloons, and nightclubs continued to be an attraction for out-of-town tourists. During the late 1960s, the Sunset Strip was transformed again during the hippie movement which brought a thriving music publishing industry coupled with “hippie” culture. Some young people from all over the country flocked to West Hollywood.
West Hollywood currently has a population of around 36,000 and growing slowly. The area has an average income of $52,793 and just under half of the residence have a four year degree.
West Hollywood has five public elementary schools. Middle and high school is served by the surrounding communities of Fairfax and Hollywood.
- West Hollywood Elementary School K-6
- Rosewood Avenue Elementary School K-6
- Laurel Elementary School K-7
- Melrose Elementary School K-5
- Gardner Street Elementary School K-6
West Hollywood has one private school.
- Dvorsky College Preparatory