Renters’ Guide to Hawthorne, CA
The city of Hawthorne is a suburban area in southwest Los Angeles County, just a 5-minute ride from Manhattan Beach. Hawthorne also sits 12 miles southeast of Santa Monica and 15 miles south of Downtown Los Angeles.
Hawthorne is relatively small compared to most Los Angeles suburbs, and checks in as the 87th largest city in the state of California. The area is named after Nathaniel Hawthorne, but is probably most well-known for its famous music group, known as the Beach Boys, who are originally from Hawthorne, CA.
The weather in Hawthorne is very pleasant, as its Mediterranean climate—also known as dry-summer subtropical climate—gives residents over 260 days of sunshine and less than 35 days of rain on average every year.
Hawthorne, CA Demographics
- Total Population86,564
Female 42,356Male 44,208
- Median Age32.1
Cost of Living in Hawthorne, CA
Public transportation in Hawthorne is run by the LACMTA, which operates the Green Line light rail that goes on Century Freeway, as well as a bus line. Transportation passes in Hawthorne cost $1.75 on average for a one-way pass into or out of Los Angeles.
A night out here is relatively inexpensive, as the average cost of dinner for two at a restaurant in Hawthorne is $50 and ranges between $35 and $65 at a mid-range restaurant.
As for cost of utilities in Hawthorne, residents can expect to pay around $125 a month on average for items such as electricity, water, etc. in a one-bedroom apartment, with costs ranging between $50 and $200.
Average Rent in Hawthorne, CA
- Hawthorne, CA Average Rental Price, April 2018$1,348/mo
- 1 Bedroom$1,337
- 2 Bedrooms$1,771
Hawthorne, CA Apartment Rent Ranges
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Hawthorne, CA Rent Trends
|All rentals||Studio||1 Bed||2 Beds||3 Beds|
|Apr / 2018||$1,348||$1,085||$1,337||$1,771|
|May / 2017||$1,306||$1,030||$1,297||$1,733|
|Jan / 2017||$1,264||$1,003||$1,264||$1,655|
|Sept / 2016||$1,226||$970||$1,224||$1,613|
|May / 2016||$1,183||$928||$1,184||$1,568|
|Jan / 2016||$1,060||$850||$1,059||$1,411|
|Sept / 2015||$1,015||$837||$1,010||$1,326|
|May / 2015||$1,009||$827||$1,005||$1,321|
|Jan / 2015||$982||$803||$979||$1,289|
Average rent is projected to grow by 4% in 2017 compared to 2016.
Please note that projected rent growth is calculated at city level.
Average rent values on this page are aggregated from data from the following zip codes: 9025090304
Living in Hawthorne, CA
There are many pros to living in Hawthorne, the best of which is its location. Not only is it only 15 miles from Downtown Los Angeles, but it’s also less than five miles away from the beach, giving residents access to the city and beach life.
There aren’t many cons to living in Hawthorne, although obviously with such close access to Downtown Los Angeles comes a bit of congestion, as over a million people work in the city every day. So if it’s during rush hour, it can be difficult to get around, especially on major highways and interstates.
Things to do in Hawthorne
There are plenty of things to do in Hawthorne, like seeing historic sites and museums, shopping, going out for a night on the town, or even taking a helicopter tour! For the best places to eat or grab drinks in Hawthorne, some of the most popular spots include Coaches’ Corner Bar and Grill, Mike’s Bar, and The Greatest Cocktails.
While the famous Hawthorne Plaza Shopping Center that was featured in movies like The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Gone Girl, Rush Hour, and more has closed down, the Manhattan Village is nearby. The Manhattan Village Mall includes a little something for everyone including open seating areas, a wide variety of stores and high-end shops, and delicious eateries.
For those looking for something to do for free in Hawthorne and that like a little history, the Beach Boys Monument is a popular place for both tourists and residents, commemorating the famous band that is originally from Hawthorne. For those looking for things to do with kids in Hawthorne, the Hawthorne Museum is also a great place to visit where you and your family can learn more about the area’s unique history.
There are several parks as well in Hawthorne for area residents to enjoy, including Holly Glen Park, Bodger Park, and Eucalyptus Park, all with great sporting, recreational, and family-friendly options. Hawthorne also hosts the Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair every year, as well as Ho’olaule’a, a Hawaiian themed festival with music, dancing, and lots of delicious food.
And for the avid sports fans, Hawthorne has some of the best options of any city in the country. Just a short 15-mile ride to Los Angeles gives residents the chance to see teams in every major professional sport, including the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers of the NBA, the Los Angeles Chargers and Rams of the NFL, the Los Angeles Kings of the NHL, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Angels of the MLB, and even the LA Galaxy of the MLS.
Employment and Economy
There are a wide variety of job types available in Hawthorne, with major employers in the entertainment, technology, electronics, and manufacturing sectors. Some of the most notable companies with headquarters or large branches in Hawthorne include, Century Media Records, OSI Systems, SpaceX, Northrop Corporation, and even a Tesla Motors design center. Mattel, the giant toy manufacturer, also used to be headquartered in Hawthorne but has since moved to El Segundo, although the plant still employs many Hawthorne residents.
Hawthorne, CA Households
- Total Number of Households29,159
Family 19,573Non-family 9,586
Children 11,968No Children 17,191
- Average People Per Household2.95
- Median Household Income$44,504
- Median Housing Costs Per Month$1,127
Education in Hawthorne
Hawthorne is served by the Centinela Valley Union and Hawthorne School Districts. Notable public schools include Hawthorne High School, Hawthorne Middle School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Washington Elementary School, and Jefferson Elementary School. Notable Private schools in Hawthorne include St. Joseph's Parish School and Trinity Lutheran School, and Hawthorne Math and Science Academy is a charter high school associated with the Hawthorne School District.
Hawthorne, CA Education Statistics
- No High School13%
- Some High School37%
- Some College27%
- Associate Degree6%
- Bachelor Degree13%
- Graduate Degree4%
Tips for Renting in Hawthorne
Renters’ rights in Hawthorne are under the jurisdiction of California state law and are in line with most national renters’ rights. Although California does have some interesting differences that renters in Hawthorne should be aware of, most importantly, the right to repair and deduct. This means if tenants have any major issues with important items that are neglected by the landlord—like a broken heater, window, etc.—then tenants can either repair the item or pay to have it repaired, and then deduct the cost of the repair from their monthly rent. But something to note: this amount cannot exceed one month’s rent payment, or be done more than twice in one calendar year.
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