It is bordered by Arleta on the north, Sun Valley on the east, Van Nuys on the south, and North Hills on the west. Major thoroughfares include Roscoe Boulevard, Van Nuys Boulevard, and Sepulveda Boulevard. The district is served by the San Diego and Hollywood freeways.
Panorama City was developed as a planned community by industrialist Henry J. Kaiser. Contrary to popular perceptions of the development of the central and western San Fernando Valley as solely being a bedroom community for jobs in downtown Los Angeles and Burbank, Panorama City originally included General Motors' largest assembly plant to date, as well as a Schlitz brewery that eventually came under the ownership of Anheuser-Busch.
Today, the General Motors Corporation assembly plant has been replaced with a large commercial center named The Plant, that includes stores and restaurants such as Mann Theaters, Ross, Babies "R" Us, The Home Depot, Hometown Buffet, In-N-Out Burger, Starbucks Coffee and others.
As originally planned, the community is a mixture of small single-family homes and low-rise apartment buildings. Kaiser and his development partner Fritz Burns barred non European Americans from purchasing newly built homes. Integration followed the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977. The CRA insured credit was provided to the entire community without regards to race or income, causing white flight as with many other areas of the San Fernando Valley.
As of the Census of 2000, there are 65,235 people in Panorama City. The racial makeup of the district is 35.72% White (11.86% non-Latino white), 4.80% African American, 0.93% Native American, 11.60% Asian, 0.17% Pacific Islander, 41.17% from other races, and 5.61% from two or more races. 70.12% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
In 2009, the Los Angeles Times's "Mapping L.A." project supplied these Panorama City neighborhood statistics: population: 65,766; median household income: $44,468.
The United States Postal Service Panorama City Post Office is located at 14416 Chase Street.
Panorama City is a part of the Los Angeles Unified School District.
The community has five public elementary schools:
Prior to the opening of Panorama High School, some of the community was zoned to John H. Francis Polytechnic High School, some of it was zoned to Van Nuys High School, and some of it was zoned to Monroe High School.
Kaplan College - Panorama City has a career college in the community.