History/Geography

Del Rey was established as an agricultural community in the 1800s, but slowly began to urbanize with the arrival of Hughes Aircraft in the 1940s.  With the area’s susceptibility to flooding eventually proving too problematic for the continued sustainability of agriculture,  today, Del Rey is primarily a residential community consisting largely of post-war bungalows, along with some apartment buildings; it also contains a small industrial area.  Although located in the City of Los Angeles, a large portion of Del Rey carries Culver City’s zip code of 90230, which is a common cause for confusion.  Del Rey is the most affordable and ethnically diverse community within Council District 11.  While predominantly Latino, Del Rey also contains large East Indian, Fijian, Hawaiian and Japanese communities.  Its Latino population is the largest on the Westside.