Map: Where The Working Women Of Los Angeles Live
It's no surprise that the number of women working in a given neighborhood is inherently tied to its wealth. However, this paradoxically works on both ends, especially in a city like Los Angeles where wealth and poverty are almost literal neighbors. Areas that are almost polar opposites in average income show a generally low level of working women.
This interactive feature from the New York Times breaks down the percentage of working women between the ages of 25 and 54 by U.S. Census tract across the country. The biggest, most obvious swath of brown (representing areas where the percentage of women working is below the national average) is where you'd expect it to be: South Los Angeles and East Los Angeles. But the same is also apparent in extremely wealthy areas such as Malibu, Beverly Hills, and the Palos Verdes peninsula.
Intuitively one might jump to the conclusion that the household incomes in these areas are high enough that women can afford to be housewives or stay-at-home mothers, though it seems like the data doesn't exactly support this theory.
Areas such as the Westside, Hollywood, and the southern parts of The Valley that tend to attract a younger, college educated demographic show an above-average rate of working women. Women are graduating college at a higher rate than men now, and having a college degree is strongly correlated with employment. Among women, though, the employment divide between those with and without degrees is starker.
An isolated pocket of above-average levels of working women is downtown Los Angeles, where crossing the street on that New York Times interactive map can drop the level of employment from over 80% to below 50%. Not only is downtown a major commercial and financial sector of the city, but the "coolest new downtown in America" is rapidly gentrifying, bringing in more of the aforementioned college grads with jobs.