Silver Lake is a residential and commercial neighborhood in the central region of Los Angeles, California, built around a city reservoir which gives the district its name. The “Silver” in Silver Lake is not because of the water’s color, but named for the local engineer who built the reservoir. Regarded as one of the city’s “hippest” neighborhoods, the area has many bars, night clubs and restaurants.
Like most of Los Angeles, this hilly enclave boasts a wide variety of ethnic and socioeconomic groups and an equally broad array of housing and investment options.
The 2000 U.S. census counted 30,972 residents in the 2.75 square miles (7.1 km2) neighborhood—an average of 11,266 people per square mile, about the same population density as in the rest of the city. In 2008 the city estimated that the population had increased to 32,890. The median age for residents was 35, about average for Los Angeles, but the percentages of residents aged 19 to 49 were among the county’s highest.