About Koreatown

Koreatown is a neighborhood in Central Los Angeles, California, centered near Eighth Street and Irolo Street, west of MacArthur Park. The rectangular area covers about 150 blocks, spanning 10 streets and 15 avenues (east-west). While significant links with Korean culture remain, the residents are a broad mix, with half Latino and a third Asian.

Koreatown is the most-densely populated district by population in Los Angeles County, with 120,000 residents in 2.7 square miles (7.0 km2). Despite the name evoking a traditional ethnic enclave, the community is complex and has an impact on areas outside the traditional boundaries. While the neighborhood culture has historically been oriented to the Korean immigrant population, Korean business owners are creating stronger ties to the Latino community in Koreatown. The community is highly diverse ethnically, with half the residents being Latino and a third being Asian. Two-thirds of the residents were born outside of the United States, as a high figure compared to the rest of the city.

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