Technically a neighborhood or district rather than a city, Century City was developed on just over 170 acres that once belonged to early-day cowboy actor Tom Mix who used it as a ranch. It later became a back lot for 20th Century Fox Studios, which still has its headquarters in the community. A relatively new business and residential district by Los Angeles standards, it saw its first commercial structure completed in 1963. Today, several high-rise towers contribute to its landscape. It is bordered by Beverly Hills, Cheviot Hills, West Los Angeles and Westwood. Its population of approximately 6,000 residents swells to around 50,000 during the week as business and professional commuters arrive to fill offices and the retail establishments of the Century City Shopping Mall, also known as Westfield Century City.
Residents, Residences and Education
Century City hosts one of LA’s most educated populations with more than 50 percent of its residents over 25 years of age having university degrees. While there are many good public schools in surrounding communities, there are none in Century City, although there are 3 private schools there. Residents occupy a fairly wide range of accommodations; from relatively modest single-family homes, to multi-million-dollar high-rise condominiums.
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