The Los Angeles Index for Neighborhood Change

Housing & Homelessness

OVERVIEW

In order to assess the magnitude of demographic change in 21st Century Los Angeles, the i-team developed the Los Angeles Index of Neighborhood Change (LAINC). This index compares key metrics (i.e., median household income, education, racial composition, etc.) across Los Angeles zip codes to better understand how neighborhoods have changed over the last 15 years. As a complement to the index, the i-team also created a predictive measure called the Displacement Pressure Tool (LADPI) at the Census Tract level, which shows where change is likely to occur in the near future, with additional emphasis on residents most likely to face high displacement pressure as a result. Both indices were developed with a careful eye towards the academic literature on the subject and underwent several revisions based on new data releases and incremental methodological improvements.

 

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM WE’RE TRYING TO SOLVE?

The tools were developed as part of a wider effort to develop City programs to understand displacement in revitalizing areas of Los Angeles, and generate insights about changing neighborhoods that, when paired with City data, have helped guide location selection for all i-team projects.

WHAT IS THE INITIATIVE

The idex allows users to explore the extent of neighborhood change and displacement pressure in Los Angeles through two main metrics, and has been utilized by the i-team and other Departments and other entities throughout the City to understand change. The site also includes layers that you can toggle on/off for additional context, such as transit lines, parks, and business concentration.