City of Paramount Mayor - Daryl Hofmeyer
Paramount Unified School District Superintendent - David J. Verdugo, Ed.D
LA County Children's Planning Council Service Planning Area 7
Los Angeles County Supervisorial District 4 - Don Knabe
State Assembly District 52 - Mervyn M. Dymally
State Senate District 54 -Betty Karnette
Congressional District 39 - Linda T. Sanchez
Ethnicity/Race: Latinos represent 90% of the area population. Whites 6%, Blacks 2%, Asians 0%.
Income/Poverty: Nearly 34% of all households make less than $25,000 a year. 30% of persons are in poverty.
Education/Language Spoken: 70% of all adults hold less than a high school education. A majority (84%) of residents speak a non-English language at home.i
Many Families With Children Ages 0-5ii
The City of Paramount has a greater proportion of families with children ages 0-5 than the county at large.
- 17% -- 1,891 of 11,334 – of families in the City of Paramount have children ages 0-5.
- 14% -- 290,442 of 2,136,977 – of families in Los Angeles County have children ages 0-5.
Below Average 3rd Grade Reading Scoresiii
The percentage of 3rd graders with reading scores at or above the national average was 19 percentage points less in the project area than the county.
- 22% of 3rd graders in Paramount School District (PUSD) scored at or above the 50th National Percentile in reading.
- 41 % of 3rd graders in Los Angeles County scored at or above the 50th National Percentile in reading.
Lower Incidence of Low-birth Weight Babiesiv
The incidence of low-birth weight babies was only slightly lower in the project area than countywide in 2001.
- 65 babies per 1,000 live births in the project area were born with low birth weights.
- 66.5 babies per 1,000 live births in Los Angeles County were born with low birth weights.
The infant death rate was lower in the project area than countywide in 2001.v
- The infant death rate in the project area was 2.5 per 1,000 live births.
- The infant death rate in Los Angeles County was 5.0 per 1,000 live births.
The project area is listed by the County as high-risk area for child lead poisoning.vi
The City of Paramount had a violent crime rate that was 13.5% lower than the county at large in 2001.vii
- In the City of Paramount there were 873 violent crimes reported per 100,000 residents.
- In Los Angeles County there were 943 violent crimes reported per 100,000 residents.
- County cities with the highest violent crime rates were Irwindale (2,144 per 100,000) and Compton (2,091 per 100,000).
- County cities with the lowest violent crime rates were San Marino (31 per 100,000) and Palos Verdes Estates (52 per 100,000).