Katie Hempenius
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Anyone who's visited or lived in Los Angeles knows how diverse the city's different neighborhoods can be.

Due to the unique qualities of each area, we thought it would be interesting to take a look at each individual zip code to determine which types of businesses are most common in those specific neighborhoods.

Due to the size of Los Angeles, we decided to specifically focus on the neighborhoods in the central portion of the city that stretch from Griffith Park and the Hollywood Hills in the north to Watts and LAX in the south, and from East Los Angeles and Commerce in the east to Brentwood and Westchester in the west.

Overall Businesses by Zip Code

The map below shows the types of businesses that are at least three times more popular in each Los Angeles zip code. The font size indicates how disproportionately common a business type is within a given zip code.

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As a comparison, this is how the same area of Los Angeles breaks down by zip codes.

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Given LA's reputation as the plastic surgery capital of the U.S., it's no surprise that there are more physicians and surgeons in the city than any other type of business. This is followed not-so-closely by attorneys and restaurants. At almost 5,000 restaurants, there are more than 10 restaurants for every gas station.

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Eating in Central Los Angeles

Different parts of the city tend to be popular for different types of cuisine. Steak is unusually prevalent near Beverly Hills, Mexican near Monterey and Korean near Koreatown.

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Blank sections on this map signify no social business type was overwhelmingly prevalent in that specific zip code.

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The most popular cuisine in Central Los Angeles is Mexican, followed by American, burgers, pizza and delis.

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Recreation in Central Los Angeles

There are so many fun things to do in Central Los Angeles. The area boasts more than 100 museums and nearly as many parks and libraries.

A lot of the area's cultural attractions are clustered north of I-10, near Brentwood. Downtown is the place to go for sporting goods – while the neighborhoods along the 405 (north of Venice Boulevard) are the place for dance classes.

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Blank sections on this map signify no social business type was overwhelmingly prevalent in that specific zip code.

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Shopping in Central Los Angeles

Different parts of LA cater to different types of shopping:

  • The Fashion District (unsurprisingly) is the place to go for clothing
  • West Hollywood is home to many boutiques for one-of-a-kind clothes and gifts
  • The Los Angeles Mall in downtown LA will give you a full "mall" experience
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Blank sections on this map signify no social business type was overwhelmingly prevalent in that specific zip code.

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Methodology

This article uses data from 60,000 business listings to characterize Los Angeles' zip codes as well as identify the areas with unique business, shopping, recreation and dining features that renters are seeking. Our findings specifically focus on the neighborhoods in the central portion of the city stretching from Griffith Park and the Hollywood Hills in the north to Watts and LAX in the south, and from East Los Angeles and Commerce in the east to Brentwood and Westchester in the west.

The business types listed on these maps are all at least two to three times more common in that specific zip code. Areas that are blank do not have a specific business type that's overwhelmingly prevalent.

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Katie Hempenius

Katie Hempenius is a software engineer based in New York City. Her work has been featured by publications like the San Francisco Chronicle, Curbed, SiliconBeat and SFGate. In her free time, she enjoys reading and fitness.

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