Loading...
Immigration

Immigration Increases Home Values, Reduces Crime in SoCal?

Comments (0)

By

Thu, Jun 7, 2012 at 7:08 AM

click to enlarge SPARKERSHOP
  • sparkershop
Some of our favorite commenters at LA Weekly compare Los Angeles to Tijuana and say our fair town is turning into a Third World slum.

We beg to differ, of course. Not only because immigrants have invigorated an inner city devastated by the L.A. riots, but because more billionaires live in California than just about anywhere else on the planet. Can't be that bad.

A new study seems to agree:

UC Irvine's Southern California Regional Progress Report, scheduled to be released next week, found that "the large influx of Asian and Latino immigrants into Southern California over the past 50 years has resulted in stronger and safer multicultural communities."

Say what?

Yeah, the school says immigrants actually contributed to an increase in property values and a decrease in crime rates.

Come again!?

We're not lying. According to UC Irvine:

Neighborhoods with 10 percent more Latinos than surrounding areas at the beginning of the 2000s experienced a 1.3 percent greater increase in home values over the decade.

And ...

... Ethnically mixed neighborhoods in Southern California today are more likely to have higher property values than homogenous neighborhood ...

Even the ones with pickup trucks on the lawns? We kid!

Like us, John Hipp, one of the UC Irvine researchers behind the report, said, Holy frijole, this data is blowin' my membrane:

A number of findings took us by surprise.

Fer sure.

[@dennisjromero / djromero@laweekly.com / @LAWeeklyNews]

Related Content

Now Trending

Los Angeles Concert Tickets

Slideshows

  • Comic-Con's "Celebrity" Autograph Area
    A sometimes overlooked (but still incredibly unique) aspect of San Diego Comic-Con are the celebs available to sign autographs, as well as the autograph seekers themselves. If you've ever wanted to meet the Soup Nazi from Seinfeld or the guy who played Michelangelo in the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, chances are, as you wander the Autograph Area, you'll be able to connect with someone you didn't even realize you were waiting your whole life to meet! All photos by Rob Inderrieden.
  • Real Madrid Soccer Practice at UCLA
    Fans came out to greet world champion soccer team Real Madrid as they practice at UCLA. This is the first time that soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo has practiced with the team this year. All photos by Jeff Cowan.
  • Here's What Happens When President Obama Comes to L.A.
    President Obama came to town again to rake in some funds and clog some traffic. The only view of his visit you probably saw were the brake lights of the car ahead of you in the traffic jam he caused, but here's what was really going on. All photos by Ted Soqui.