Since the 1920s, Culver City has been a major center for motion picture and later television production, in part because it was the home of Columbia (now Sony) Studios.
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Culver City was founded by Harry Culver in 1913 and the city was incorporated in 1917.
The city is surrounded by the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Mar Vista, West Los Angeles, Palms and Beverlywood on the north, Westchester on the south and southwest Los Angeles on the east, with the neighborhoods of Venice and Marina Del Rey to the west.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 13.3 km² (5.1 mi²). 13.2 km² (5.1 mi²) of it is land and 0.1 km² (0.04 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.39% water.
As of the census of 20 00, there are 38,816 people, 16,611 households, and 9,518 families residing in the city. The population density is 2,932.9/km² (7,589.8/mi²). There are 17,130 housing units at an average density of 1,294.3/km ² (3,349.5/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 59.24% White, 11.96% African American, 0.71% Native American, 12.02% Asian, 0.21% Pacific Islander, 10.16% from other races, and 5.69% from two or more races. 23.70% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 16,611 households out of which 26.1% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.8% are married couples living together, 12.8% have a female householder with no husband present, and 42.7% are non-families. 34.5% of all households are made up of individuals and 9.3% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.31 and the average family size is 3.02.
In the city the population is spread out with 20.9% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 33.3% from 25 to 44, 25.3% from 45 to 64, and 13.9% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 39 years. For every 100 females there are 87.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 82.7 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $51,792, and the median income for a family is $61,451. Males have a median income of $46,683 versus $41,478 for females. The per capita income for the city is $29,025. 8.6% of the population and 5.5% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 12.1% are under the age of 18 and 5.1% are 65 or older.