Community Development Index

A Project of the South LA All In (SLAAI) Initiative

Created for the Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD)

South Los Angeles All In (SLAAI) Geography

The South LA All In (SLAAI) Initiative is a multi-year, collaborative anti-poverty initiative intended to address longstanding racial and socioeconomic inequities in South Los Angeles. SLAAI will strengthen an equitable community recovery from COVID-19 while positioning residents and businesses of South LA to benefit economically from ongoing development and major sporting events coming to Los Angeles leading up to the 2028 Olympics. The Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD) has identified four priority areas for SLAAI centered around:

  • Housing Stability & Affordability
  • Access to Capital
  • Jobs & Workforce Pathways
  • High School & Postsecondary Education

The NDSC team created the Community Development Index in collaboration with CRCD to identify neighborhoods most in need of investment across each of SLAAI’s priority areas.

  • First Section: explore Community Development Index scores for LA County neighborhoods, Service Planning Areas (SPAs) and LA City Council Districts
  • Second Section: dive deeper and explore the sub-scores for each of SLAAI’s focus areas in LA County neighborhoods
  • Last Section: learn about the metrics included in each of the focus areas and the methodology used to create the index

See the index score (ranging from 1 – 10) for your neighborhood by hovering over it on a map OR using the menu on the right of each map to add it to the comparison chart. 

Community Development Index

The SLAAI area scores a 1 (out of 10) on the Community Development Index, five times lower than the LA County average of 5, illustrating a need for investment across all of SLAAI’s priority areas. 

SLAAI Focus Area Scores

  • The SLAAI area as a whole scored a 1 (out of 10) in the Housing Stability & Affordability category compared to the Los Angeles County average score of 5. See the metrics used in this category compared for the SLAAI area and LA County in the table below: 

Variation Across SLAAI Neighborhoods

Investment in housing stability and affordability is critical across all parts of the SLAAI area, where every neighborhood scored a 1 in the housing category except Compton & Watts, which had a score of 2

  • Overcrowding is highest in Florence-Firestone and Historic South Central, where over 30% of households had more than one person per room of their home. 
  • Severe Rent Burden is highest in BroadwayManchester & Willowbrook, where over 40% of renters are paying more than half of their income on rent and utilities. 
  • Homelessness is highest by far in West Compton, where there are more than 676 unhoused residents per 10,000 housed people. 

The SLAAI area as a whole scored a 2 (out of 10) in the Access to Capital category compared to the Los Angeles County average of 5. See the metrics used in this category compared for the SLAAI area and LA County in the table below: 

Variation Across SLAAI Neighborhoods

Of all the four focus areas, Access to Capital scores varied across SLAAI neighborhoods the most, ranging from 1 to 9. Neighborhoods in the northern part of the area scored lower, while Willowbrook, Compton and West Compton scored considerably higher

  • Homeownership is lowest in Historic South Central (21%) and highest in West Compton (77%).  
  • Mortgage Approval Rates were lowest in Central Alameda, Historic South Central, and South Park, where there were less than 20 loans approved per 10,000 residents. By contrast, Compton had over 50.
  • Average Small Business Loan Amounts were lowest in Watts, Broadway-Manchester and Green Meadows, where small businesses received less than $3500 per employee. Small Businesses in West Compton, by contrast, received over $12,000 per employee.

The SLAAI area a whole scored a 1 (out of 10) in the Jobs & Workforce Development category compared to the Los Angeles County average of 5. See the metrics used in this category compared for the SLAAI area and LA County in the table below: 

Variation Across SLAAI Neighborhoods

Investment in jobs and workforce development is particularly critical in the northern part of the SLAAI area. All neighborhoods in the area scored a 2 or lower in the jobs category except Compton and West Compton, which had a score of 3

  • Jobs per worker is lowest in Broadway-Manchester, Green Meadows, South Park, and Watts, where there are less than 20 jobs per 100 workers
  • Median earnings are less than $30,000 in all SLAAI neighborhoods except West Compton. 
  • Unemployment is highest in West Compton and Watts, where over 10% of the labor force is unemployed.

The SLAAI area as a whole scored a 1 (out of 10) in the Jobs & Workforce Development category compared to the Los Angeles County average of 5. See the metrics used in this category compared for the SLAAI area and LA County in the table below: 

Variation Across SLAAI Neighborhoods

Investment in high school and postsecondary education is critical across every area within the SLAAI area, where every neighborhood scored 1 (out of 10) except West Compton, which scored a 3

  • Between 30% and 40% of young adults are enrolled in school across all SLAAI neighborhoods except West Compton, where 51% are enrolled.
  • Compton & Willowbrook have the largest share of opportunity youth. In those neighborhoods, between 19 and 20% of young people ages 16 to 24 were neither working nor in school.
  • Less than 20% of adults have an Associate’s Degree or higher level of education across every SLAAI neighborhood

Metrics & Methods

Click the link below to download a short brief of the methodology used to develop the index along with the definitions and sources of all metrics used. 

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