San Pedro is a densely urban neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles, in Los Angeles County, California. The name San Pedro is derived from and in honor of St. Peter of Alexandria. It is a lively neighborhood full of bustle and color, despite the influence of the ocean and that laid-back California beach atmosphere. A portion of the Port of Los Angeles lies within the neighborhood of San Pedro and San Pedro is the final home of the U.S.S. Iowa, a beloved memorial and museum ship, as well as the wonderful San Pedro farmers market. The neighborhood faces the Pacific Ocean and is bordered by the communities and neighborhoods of Long Beach, Wilmington, Harbor City and others. The neighborhood is a melting pot, diverse, warm and welcoming just like the great city Los Angeles it is a part of and the nation. Common languages in the neighborhood include English, Spanish and others.
The first known inhabitants of the area were the native Tongva or Gabrieleno tribes who were known for their mastery of ocean-going canoes. The first European explorer to come to the area was Juan Cabrillo from Portugal who arrived in 1542. The Spanish soon came to use the bay and peninsula. Settlement of the area that would one day be San Pedro began in 1769. In 1784, the land was part of the Rancho San Pedro land grant. Next, in 1848, the area came under U.S. control when Mexico relinquished control. Then, in 1888, a tract of land alongside the bay was acquired by the War Department and overtime it was developed into Fort MacArthur. San Pedro remained an independent community until its consolidation with Los Angeles in 1909.
The neighborhood of San Pedro spans approximately 10.372 square miles. The approximate population is 87,238 and the approximate population density is 8,411 people per square mile. The neighborhood spans into three zip codes, 90731, 90732 and 90744. It is primarily a blue-collar community, job market and workforce. The average household size in the neighborhood is 2.8 people. The most common housing option is complex and high-rise apartments and most housings are renter occupied. Most residential structures in the neighborhood were built between 1940 and 1999. The current median real estate price is $443,153 and the average rental price of housing units is $1,347.
Public education in the neighborhood is provided by the schools of the Los Angeles Unified School District. LAUSD is the second largest school district in the nation, has a student body of more than 600,000 and encompasses more than 900 schools. Public transportation is available; buses are the most popular public transportation option. However, most commuters in the neighborhood use private vehicles for their daily commutes. Homes for sale in the neighborhood are rare as most properties are for rent. Apartments are the most common form of housing and come in a variety of sizes and styles to suit the needs of potential renters. To begin your home search in the San Pedro neighborhood, call local real estate agents Lynn Peters and Lesley Siegel at 213-394-2464. Explore your options in lively San Pedro and find a place you can call home.