First published in the December 18 print issue of the Glendale News Press.
Glendale has posted a population growth of 2.52% over the past decade, according to data from the US Census Bureau, reflecting a growth rate greater than that of Los Angeles County as a whole.
In 2020, census data showed there were 196,543 residents in Glendale, up from 191,719 in 2010. This more than offsets the population loss recorded in 2010, when Glendale’s population fell by more than 3,200 from in the 2000 census.
LA County now has a population of over 10 million, up from 9.82 million in 2010.
City council reviewed the basic census results this week, which were released earlier this year to allow political entities with geographic districts to undergo their required redistribution in time for next year’s elections. More specific breakdowns, such as household composition, are expected to be released in the spring.
Broken down by race, there were 128,248 respondents who identified as white, representing about 65.2% of the city’s population. There were 3,573 black residents (1.8%); 1,101 Amerindian or Alaska Native residents (0.56%) and 29,870 Asian residents (15.2%). There were 15,871 residents (8.1%) who self-identified as another race and 17,735 (about 9%) who self-identified as two or more races. Additionally, 145 residents said they were native to Hawaii or the Pacific Islands.
Of those respondents, 33,575 identified themselves as Hispanic or Latino, representing 17.1% of the city’s population.
Christine Powers, the city’s senior executive analyst, explained that the 2020 census questionnaire asked respondents to hand-complete ethnicities and unlisted races, as appropriate, and that the data will be part of the subsequent publication. This will give an indication of the number of residents who filled in “Armenian” when filling out their form.
The fastest growing neighborhoods, above 10%, tended to cluster around Highway 134 and on the outskirts of downtown. Most neighborhoods in the foothills around the Verdugo Mountains and on the city’s east side experienced slower growth, ranging from 1 to 4 percent, mostly attributable to accessory housing units, according to Powers.
The Pacific-Edison and Mariposa neighborhoods just south of downtown saw population declines of about 5%, while other neighborhoods in southeast Glendale and west Glendale saw population declines. 1 to 4%. The powers attributed them to undercount or vacant dwellings since there was no loss of dwellings there.
And then there was “an anomaly that we tried to figure out,” said Powers – Sparr Heights and its 10.94% growth.
“There hasn’t been any significant development to accommodate this increase,” Powers said. “Some things that could be attributed to this are a previous underreporting. We’ll be looking at this percentage increase, as it’s a bit odd for the region, given the lack of development. “
In terms of housing units, there were 76,860 occupied dwellings in Glendale in 2020, while 3,333 were listed as vacant. City Councilor Ardy Kassakhian said he was concerned about the gross number of allegedly vacant units, giving the region-wide housing crisis, but Powers speculated that could be in part because of a number of large complexes that went live in 2020 and had not yet been filled. all its units.
“I think it would just be unoccupied apartments,” she said. “There are vacancies all over the city. It seems to follow with the county numbers.
Among the 48,000 multi-family units such as apartments in the city, there was 6.8% vacant housing, according to director of community services Philip Lanzafame, which can be attributed to under-reporting or natural turnover. (Census counts are dependent on individual respondents, which means that if there are five apartment tenants who do not return a questionnaire, their dwellings will be considered vacant.) The inclusion of single-family homes in the product equation a much lower vacancy rate, he said, indicating that quads, apartments and condos make up the bulk of empty units.
“We will typically calculate, in a multi-family project, a vacancy rate of 5-10%,” he said, noting that turnover between tenants is usually the reason.
Nonetheless, Kassakhian said it was the city’s responsibility to try to fill these vacancies as much as possible, even if to justify the city’s regional housing needs assessment figure and produce an acceptable housing item for the city. the state.
“As far as we can [give incentives to] people to have these units occupied, ”he said,“ I think that’s to our overall benefit. “