Los Angeles/South Central

South Central is a relatively impoverished region of Los Angeles infamous for gang violence. However, despite its negative reputation, it has improved in recent years and does offer certain sights for the traveler. This is where you will find the museums of Exposition Park and the famous Watts Towers, and the neighborhood of Leimert Park has developed as an African-American cultural center.



 Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daily highs (°F) 68 69 70 73 75 78 83 84 83 79 73 68
Nightly lows (°F) 48 49 51 54 57 60 64 64 63 59 52 48
Precipitation (in) 3.1 3.8 2.4 0.9 0.3 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.7 1.0 2.3

   Data from NOAA (1981-2010)

Get in

As with most of LA, the area has a well-developed bus system facilitated by its square grid system. Streets are wide enough to prevent too much automobile traffic. Two rail lines also serve South Central LA: the Blue Line, which runs parallel to the 110 Freeway, offers easy metro access from downtown and Long Beach. The Expo Line also connects the area to downtown, serving Exposition Park and heading west along Exposition Blvd to Culver City.


Watts Towers

Exposition Park

Just south of the University of Southern California campus, in a square formed by Exposition Boulevard, Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard, Vermont Avenue, and Figueroa Street, is this complex of stadiums, museums, and gardens (including a massive rose garden) that make up one of the primary attractions in the area.

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum





Lots of cheap bars abound. For a peek into Greek university student life head to the 2-9 a few blocks west of Figueroa (just north of USC) or the 9-0 right on Figueroa (USC students' favorite dive).


Stay safe

South Central has long had a reputation for violence. It was the scene of the '92 L.A. riots and is known for producing the Bloods, Crips, and other notorious gangs. Although its reputation has preceded itself over the past couple of decades, it's no longer quite as dangerous or violent as some might suggest though it's still not really a destination for the average tourist. While muggings still occur, most happen at night on smaller streets. Stay in groups of at least three if you must be on foot.

Go next

The cities and neighborhoods that border South Central include the following:

Routes through South Central

El Segundo Hawthorne  W  E  Lynwood Norwalk
Pasadena Downtown L.A.  N  S  Carson San Pedro
END Downtown L.A.  N  S  Compton Long Beach
END Culver City  W  E  Downtown L.A. END
El Segundo Hawthorne  W  E  Lynwood Norwalk
El Monte Downtown L.A.  N  S  Gardena San Pedro

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