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Hawthorne is known to rock and roll fans as the home of Brian, Carl, and Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys. The Wilson brothers' boyhood home was demolished in the late 1980s during the construction of the Century Freeway.
Hawthorne is located at 33°55'2" North, 118°20'55" West (33.917214, -118.348607). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 15.7 km² (6.1 mi²). 15.7 km² (6.1 mi²) of it is land and none of it is covered by water.
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 84,112 people, 28,536 households, and 19,775 families residing in the city. The population density is 5,359.0/km² (13,879.4/mi²). There are 29,629 housing units at an average density of 1,887.8/km² (4,889.1/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 29.27% White, 33.02% Black or African American, 0.75% Native American, 6.73% Asian, 0.86% Pacific Islander, 24.16% from other races, and 5.22% from two or more races. 44.26% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 28,536 households out of which 43.7% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.6% are married couples living together, 23.5% have a female householder with no husband present, and 30.7% are non-families. 24.5% of all households are made up of individuals and 4.5% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.93 and the average family size is 3.50.
In the city the population is spread out with 31.7% under the age of 18, 11.3% from 18 to 24, 34.9% from 25 to 44, 16.1% from 45 to 64, and 6.1% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 29 years. For every 100 females there are 92.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 87.3 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $31,887, and the median income for a family is $35,149. Males have a median income of $29,481 versus $27,427 for females. The per capita income for the city is $15,022. 20.3% of the population and 18.4% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 25.6% of those under the age of 18 and 9.0% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
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