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Van Nuys, California

"Van Nuys" redirects here. For other uses, see Van Nuys (disambiguation).
Van Nuys
Neighborhood of Los Angeles

Intersection of Victory Boulevard and Sylmar Avenue
Van Nuys
Van Nuys
Location within Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley

Coordinates: 34°11′0″N 118°26′00″W / 34.18333°N 118.43333°W / 34.18333; -118.43333

Country United States
State California
County Los Angeles
City Los Angeles
Elevation 712 ft (217 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 136,443
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 91401, 91405, 91406, 91409, 91411
Area code(s) 747, 818

Van Nuys /vænˈnz/ is a neighborhood in the City of Los Angeles, California, within the San Fernando Valley. Van Nuys, like other San Fernando Valley neighborhoods, is often mistaken as an independent city separate from the City of Los Angeles. With more than a hundred thousand inhabitants, it is noted for its youthful median age and the large percentage of residents who were born abroad, as well as the high rate of families headed by single parents. A high percentage of adults have never completed high school.[1]

Van Nuys has many notable locations, including Van Nuys Airport, and a number of prominent people have lived in the city. There are three parks and a senior center. Eleven public schools—including two high schools—and eight private schools are situated within Van Nuys. The neighborhood also hosts a public library branch, as well as a large number of government offices.

Some areas have broken away from Van Nuys and have become identified with neighboring districts.


The 2000 U.S. census counted 103,770 residents in the 8.99-square-mile Van Nuys neighborhood—or 11,542 people per square mile, about an average population density for the city. In 2008, the city estimated that the population had increased to 110,747. In 2000 the median age for residents was 28, considered young for city and county neighborhoods, and the percentages of residents aged 10 or younger and 19 to 34 were among the county's highest. [1]

The neighborhood was considered "moderately diverse" ethnically within Los Angeles. The breakdown was Latinos, 60.5%; whites, 23.1%; Asians, 6.4%; blacks, 6%; and others, 4%. Mexico (41.5%) and El Salvador (17.3%) were the most common places of birth for the 49.8% of the residents who were born abroad—a high percentage for Los Angeles. There were 4,917 families headed by single parents, or 21.3%, considered high for both the city and the county.[1]

The median yearly household income in 2008 dollars was $41,134, considered average for the city but low for the county. The percentages of households that earned $40,000 or less were high for the county. Renters occupied 73.9% of the housing stock, and house- or apartment-owners held 26.1%.[1]


Van Nuys is bordered on the north by North Hills, on the northeast by Panorama City, on the east by Valley Glen, on the south by Sherman Oaks, on the southwest by the Sepulveda Basin, on the west by Lake Balboa and on the northwest by Northridge.[2] Its street and other boundaries are Roscoe Boulevard on the north, Sepulveda Boulevard, the Tujunga Wash, Woodman Avenue and Hazeltine Avenue on the east, Burbank Boulevard on the south, the Sepulveda Basin on the southwest and Odessa and Hayvenhurst avenues and Balboa Boulevard on the west.[1]

Notable locations


Grupo TACA operates a Van Nuys-area TACA Center at 6710 Van Nuys Boulevard.[4]

Digital Playground a large adult movie studio operates at 16134 Hart Street.

Sound City Studios was a very well-respected recording studio located in Van Nuys.

BizStartup Helping the community start businesses and file DBA's on Sylvan St.

Government services

Los Angeles Fire Department operates Station 39 (Van Nuys), Station 90 (Van Nuys Airport Area), Station 100 (West Van Nuys/Lake Balboa), and Station 102 (South Van Nuys/Valley Glen), serving the community.

The Los Angeles Police Department operates the nearby Van Nuys Community Police Station at 6420 Sylmar Avenue, 91401, serving the neighborhood.

The United States Postal Service operates the Civic Center Van Nuys Post Office at 6200 Van Nuys Boulevard in Van Nuys and the Van Nuys Post Office at 15701 Sherman Way in the Lake Balboa neighborhood in Los Angeles, west of Van Nuys.[5][6][7]

The U.S. Census Bureau operates the Los Angeles Regional Office in Van Nuys.[8]

The California Department of Developmental Services operates the North Los Angeles County Regional Center on Sherman Way west of Sepulveda Boulevard in which it serves the large fast-growing population of developmentally disabled people in the San Fernando Valley being helped by the Government of California to house the developmentally disabled people in the area and help them meet special needs of normal life with special benefits.

The Social Security Administration operates a branch office on Van Nuys Boulevard north of Victory Boulevard in Van Nuys.

Parks and recreation

The Van Nuys Recreation Area is in Van Nuys. The area has an auditorium and gymnasium with a capacity of 420 people. The area also has a multipurpose/community room with a capacity of 20–25 people. The area has barbecue pits, lighted baseball diamonds, lighted outdoor basketball courts, a children's play area, a community room, lighted handball courts, an indoor gymnasium with no weights, picnic tables, a lighted soccer field, and lighted tennis courts.[9] Delano Park in Van Nuys has an auditorium, barbecue pits, a lighted baseball diamond, lighted outdoor basketball courts, a children's play area, a lighted football field, lighted handball courts, an indoor gymnasium with no weights, picnic tables, and a lighted soccer field.[10]

The Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Park is in Sherman Oaks, near Van Nuys. The park has an auditorium, two lighted baseball diamonds, six unlighted baseball diamonds, lighted indoor basketball courts, lighted outdoor basketball courts, a children's play area, a 60-person community room, a lighted football field, an indoor gymnasium without weights, picnic tables, a lighted soccer field, and lighted tennis courts.[11] Located in the same place as the park, the Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Pool is a seasonal outdoor heated swimming pool.[12] The Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Senior Citizen Center (a.k.a. Bernardi Center), also on the park grounds, has an auditorium and multi-purpose room; its banquet capacity is 200, and its assembly capacity is 300. The senior center also has two community/meeting rooms; one can hold 50 people, and one can hold 30 people. The senior center has two kitchens, a play area, a shuffle board place, a stage, and two storage rooms.[13] The Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Tennis Courts facility in the Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Park has eight courts.[14]


Fifteen percent of Van Nuys residents aged 25 and older had earned a four-year degree by 2000, an average figure for both the city and the county, but the percentage of the same-age residents who had less than a high school diploma (43.1%) was high for Los Angeles.[1][15]

Schools within the Van Nuys boundaries are:[16]


The Los Angeles Unified School District operates district public schools:

  • Van Nuys Senior High School, 6535 Cedros Avenue
  • Cohasset Street Elementary School, 15810 Saticoy Street
  • Robert Fulton College Preparatory School, 7477 Kester Avenue
  • Valerio Street Elementary School, 15035 Valerio Street
  • Hazeltine Avenue Elementary School, 7150 Hazeltine Avenue
  • Bassett Street Elementary School, 15756 Bassett Street
  • Columbus Avenue Elementary School, 6700 Columbus Avenue
  • Van Nuys Elementary School, 6464 Sylmar Avenue
  • Will Rogers Continuation School, 14711 Gilmore Street
  • Sylvan Park Elementary School, 6238 Noble Avenue

Charter schools include:


  • Pacific Ridge School, 15339 Saticoy Street
  • Pinecrest Schools — Van Nuys, 14111 Sherman Way
  • Valley School / Individual Train, elementary, 15700 Sherman Way
  • Crossroads School, 6843 Lennox Avenue
  • St. Elisabeth School, elementary, 6635 Tobias Avenue
  • Grace Christian Academy, 6510 Peach Avenue
  • The Crawford Academy, 14530 Sylvan Street
  • Children's Community School, 14702 Sylvan Street

Montclair College Prep, 8071 Sepulveda Boulevard, has closed.[17]

Public libraries

The Van Nuys Branch Library of the Los Angeles Public Library serves the community.


Van Nuys Airport, the busiest general aviation airport in the world, the 25th busiest airport in the United States, and among the 20 busiest airports in the world by aircraft movements, is located in Van Nuys.

The closest airport with commercial airline service is Bob Hope Airport in Burbank.

The community includes a terminal for the FlyAway Bus, which travels from Van Nuys to Los Angeles International Airport.[18]

Van Nuys also has several points to connect to the Orange Line, Metro Bus which connects to the Los Angeles Subway system at North Hollywood where the Red Line begins.

Van Nuys is directly served by the 405 freeway, and indirectly by other freeways within the vicinity, such as the 118, the 170, the 101 and the 5.

Property values

Some former Van Nuys neighborhoods have won approval by the Los Angeles City Council to break off from Van Nuys and join the neighboring communities of Lake Balboa, Valley Glen and Sherman Oaks[19] in an effort to raise their property values. City Council member Tony Cardenas "suggested the change was motivated by racism."[20]

Notable people

Notable places

See also

  • History of the San Fernando Valley to 1915


External links

  • DMOZ
  • Van Nuys Neighborhood Council Map
  • Van Nuys (neighborhood)
  • Timeline of Valley history
  • Van Nuys local portal
  • [5] Comments about living in Van Nuys
  • [6] Van Nuys crime map and statistics

Coordinates: 34°11′00″N 118°26′00″W / 34.1833°N 118.4333°W / 34.1833; -118.4333

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