Encino, CA Local Area Information

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Encino (Spanish for evergreen or holm oak) is a hilly district of the city of Los Angeles, California. Specifically, it is located in the central portion of the southern San Fernando Valley and on the north slope of the Santa Monica Mountains. It derives its name from the Rancho Los Encinos (Ranch of the Evergreens), a parcel of land given to three Mission Indians by the Mexican government following its secularization of the California missions beginning in 1834. Rancho Encino was established in 1845.

The portion of the Los Angeles River that runs through the Encino area is one of only two unpaved areas necessitated by the high water table. The original aquifer that fed the city of Los Angeles is the one located below Encino.

Encino is bordered by Tarzana on the west, the Sepulveda Dam Recreation Area on the north, Sherman Oaks on the east, and the Encino Reservoir of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power on the south. The district's boundaries are roughly Mulholland Drive on the south, Lindley Avenue on the west, Victory Boulevard on the north, and the San Diego Freeway on the east. Major thoroughfares include Ventura, Magnolia and Burbank Boulevards, as well as White Oak Avenue, Balboa Boulevard, Haskell Avenue and Hayvenhurst Avenue.

As of the 2000 Census, the population of Encino was 40,946, with a population density of 3,864.9 per square mile.

In 2009, the Los Angeles Times's "Mapping L.A." project supplied these Encino neighborhood statistics: population: 41,905; median household income: $78,529.

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