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  2. Crime & Safety
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  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
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  5. Good for Families
    C-
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
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  8. Weather
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  10. Health & Fitness
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  12. Commute
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Watts is a neighborhood in Los Angeles, California with a population of 45,162. Watts is in Los Angeles County. Living in Watts offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Watts there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many families live in Watts and residents tend to be liberal.
About Watts...
Population
45,162

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$244,068
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$947
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    68%
  • Own
    32%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    710
    283
  • Murder
    9
    6
  • Rape
    41
  • Robbery
    464
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    795
    500
  • Theft
    671
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    597
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$29,166
National
$55,322
Children
31%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    1%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    4%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    20%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    26%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    49%
    13%
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Recently I got accepted to college, many people I have met were shocked that I am from watts, they always ask me, "Watts? I've heard a lot of ghetto things. How dangerous is it?" It honestly offends me that people think low of me because of the place I come from or that they think so little of the place I grew up in. Watts is not perfect, but it's home. Sadly our community can't receive nice things because people do not know how to take care of them. For example, someone created some lime bikes for everyone to use as a form of transportation, as long as you pay the fare that is. But every here and there I see those bikes torn apart, parts stolen. Why must my community destroy what is given to us? Why must people rob and steal? If we behaved better people would not look down at us, but I believe in Watts and I have hope that in the future important people shall rise from watts and help improve the world. I grew up here and I am not ashamed of where I come from!
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Based off my personal experience, the environment can be a mix of everything. To begin with, the community is mostly kept to themselves. Families usually do their morning routine such as attending school and work. After the day is over, everyone gets back into their homes unless the singing ice cream truck passes by luring kids out and pressuring parents to buy Hot Cheetos for a couple bucks. Usually on the weekends, the neighbors blast hip hop or Hispanic music which makes them feel alive. In addition, there has been times where it felt unsafe due to gang activity, a couple lock downs (crazily funny right?), and an attempted robbery I experienced. It isn't as bad anymore because one learns to adapt and survive. Despite all that, we have friendly, matured neighbors who one can converse with. We also have righteous families who strive to improve themselves and work hard to provide for their children. It's a mysterious experience, you never know what you’re going to get.
I am happily from the city of Watts and this will always be home. I come from the Nickerson Gardens and we NEVER get the respect we deserve. Yes a lot of negative happens in my city, but they never give the positive side any light. I have seen so much unity within my community but it will never be recognized in the public eye. Coming from where I'm from you only have sports as a way out. Well that is not for me, i currently hold two degrees and am waiting to enter the nursing program. There is so much more to this city than meets the eye, there are a lot of talented and educated people who come from these very projects. The popular Kendrick Lamar and talented Sza are from the same community and everyone loves them. It doesn't matter where you come from, it matters what you make out of your own life.