In 2000, population density for the Exposition Corridor was five times greater than the density of Los Angeles County as a whole. By the year 2020, population density within one-half mile of the Exposition Corridor will increase to 16,629 persons per square mile, almost 6 times the expected density in Los Angeles County.
According to the 2000 Census, approximately 29 percent of households within one-half mile of the Exposition Corridor do not have a car. In fact, existing transit usage within the Exposition Corridor is proportionally higher than any other area in Los Angeles County.
Population on the Westside has risen 23% since 1990 (compared to a 6% increase for Los Angeles as a whole). This rapid growth has contributed to the explosion in Westside commercial develoment and job growth over the last two decades. However, primarily because housing is so expensive in the area, only 30% of Westside workers live there, which means more than 300,000 people communte to the area each day.
The number of workers that drive into Santa Monica from other parts of the region causes the city’s population to nearly double during the daytime, from 87,000 to 150,000. The daytime population of Bevely Hills more than triples due to commuting workers.
According to the Southern California Association of Governments, in 2005 an average of 268,126 vehicles a day drove past the San Diego Freeway at Culver Blvd. junction, an increase of nearly 22,000 since 2000.