#Hermosa Beach vs. #Venice Beach - A (cautionary) Tale of Two Cities 1st Friday and First Thursday events
Recently I finally had the opportunity to attend the wildly successful 1st Friday event held in Venice Beach which I like to call "Hermosa North." Here's some of the similarities and contrasts of the demographics according to Movoto.com in case you're not familiar with either city to see why I say this.
I will explain why I'm sharing this information with you after you've reviewed the following stats. Please note, the heavier outline border indicates Venice and the lighter border is Hermosa to help further differentiate.
Venice Beach tends to run a little older overall and appears to have a larger 20's - 30's demographic than Hermosa. Hermosa Beach is only 1.43 square miles and Venice Beach is also rather small at 1.975 square miles (both of these stats are according to city-data.com. The rest are Movoto unless indicated.)
Both cities have more men than women living there. Good to know ladies.:)
There is a slightly higher gay population in Venice, but otherwise the Unmarried Partner stats are very similar.
And this Population by Race stat was very interesting to see. Hermosa tends to run predominantly Caucasian, whereas Venice is a wider variety of races. According to one person I was mentioning this to, he said in Venice you can be surrounded by urban yuppies in one area and then turn into a neighborhood where you could get your head shot off right nearby.
In Hermosa, that just doesn't happen although their crime rate is higher than other beach cities in the South Bay.
It looks like Venice & Hermosa share similar stats on Native born citizens which is interesting. Appears people born in CA generally don't leave.:)
Again, according to www.city-data.com's 2008 stats, Venice Beach had a Population of 14,315 with a Population density of 7,249 people per square mile. Hermosa Beach had a Population in July 2008 of 19,350 with a much higher Population density of 13,531 people per square mile.
General consensus among people I've talked to and stats I've revewed is that Venice is much more creative and filled with a larger artist and entertainment industry population, whereas, Hermosa Beach is more finance and real estate.
Read more on Venice Beach demographics here: http://www.city-data.com/neighborhood/Venice-Beach-Venice-CA.html#ixzz0swhmlb00 and here: http://www.movoto.com/neighborhood/ca/venice/90291.htm