Lynwood is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States of America. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 69,845. Lynwood is located near South Gate and Compton in the southern portion of the Los Angeles Basin.
As of the census of 2007, there were 72,984 people, 14,770 households, and 12,941 families residing in the city. The population density was 5,560.3/km² (15,022.2/mi²). There were 14,987 housing units at an average density of 1,193.1/km² (3,087.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 38.42% White, 10.20% African American, 1.32% Native American, 1.02% Asian, 0.39% Pacific Islander, 49.04% from other races, and 4.36% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 86.36% of the population (meaning 13.64% are non-Hispanic).
Lynwood went through five phases of demographic change in the 20th century. First, a colonial settlement. Second, a farming small town. Third, a mostly working-class white suburb from 1940 to 1970. Fourth, a majority African-American city between 1970 and 1990, and today, a predominantly Latino community after a wave of immigration took place.
There were 14,770 households out of which 41.38% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.17% were married couples living together, 20.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 10.1% were non-families. 7.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 4.8 and the average family size was 4.8.
In the city the population was spread out with 41.38% under the age of 18, 7.01% from 18 to 24, 31.04% from 25 to 44, 15.96% from 45 to 64, and 4.61% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 24 years. For every 100 females there were 104.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.2 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $40,886, and the median income for a family was $40,886. Males had a median income of $23,241 versus $19,149 for females. The per capita income for the city was $10,640. About 21.0% of families and 23.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.3% of those under age 18 and 14.3% of those age 65 or over.
Fire protection in Lynwood is provided by the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The LACFD operates Station #147 at 3161 East Imperial Highway and Station #148 at 4262 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, both in Lynwood, as a part of Battalion 13.
In the state legislature Lynwood is located in the 27th Senate District, represented by Democrat Alan Lowenthal, and in the 50th Assembly District, represented by Democrat Hector De La Torre. Federally, Lynwood is located in California's 39th congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of D +13 and is represented by Democrat Linda Sánchez.
On March 20, 2006, former mayor Paul H. Richards II was sentenced to 188 months in federal prison after being convicted in 2005 on numerous corruption charges that centered on his funneling of $6 million in city business - including exorbitant no-bid contracts - to a "consulting company" controlled by him and his family. Richards had served on the City Council from 1986 until he was recalled by voters in 2003; during that time he served seven terms as mayor.
The United States Postal Service operates the Lynwood Post Office at 11200 Long Beach Boulevard and the East Lynwood Post Office at 11634 Atlantic Avenue.
From 1939–1993, Lynwood Adventist Academy (www.lynwoodacademy.com) was located at 11011 Harris Ave. It was taken by eminent domain to make way for the new Lynwood High School campus.
County of Los Angeles Public Library operates the Lynwood Library at 11320 Bullis Road.