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Gateway Cities Census Data




Description: Carved out of a part of Don Antonio Lugo’s 30,000-acre Rancho San Antonio, Lynwood reeled when the gold rush hit the area in 1848-49. C.H. Sessions bought 400 acres of land in the Lynwood area in 1902 to build a dairy, naming the area Lynne Wood, after the woman who would become his wife. The city was incorporated in 1921 and, according to city officials, Lynwood’s progress has been in forward motion ever since.

Today, more than eight decades later, Lynwood’s challenges have been converted into opportunities for a new and improved infrastructure, schools, housing, commercial development and commercial rehabilitation. Plaza Mexico, a 36-acre commercial development, is becoming a cultural landmark. The addition of Atlantic Crossing has brought more retail to the city’s northeast area. Lynwood embraces its diversity and has been recognized nationally for its efforts to create a more racially harmonious community.

(city description courtesy of Press Telegram 2006 Almanac)

  1990 2000 2010
Population 61,945 69,845 69,772
Percent of Los Angeles County Population 0.70% 0.73% 0.71%
Median Age   24.4 27.8
Number of Households 14,158 14,395 14,680
Unemployment Rate 12.47% 12.95% 19.70%
Average Household Income (in 2010 dollars)   $56,842 $51,775
Median Household Income (in 2010 dollars) $45,653 $46,972 $43,654



Lynwood Educational Attainment Graph


Lynwood Annual Household Income Graph


Lynwood Population by Race & Ethnicity 1990


Lynwood Population by Race & Ethnicity 2000


Lynwood Population by Race & Ethnicity 2010