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Sherman Oaks is a neighborhood covering 9 square miles in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, California. It has one of the lowest population densities in the city, with just over 6,600 people per square mile. Over a third of residents have a bachelor’s or associate degree, and 17% have a graduate degree.
Sherman Oaks does not have much ethnic diversity when compared to other areas in Los Angeles. Almost 74% of the population is white. In the latter half of 2017, the residents of Sherman Oaks experienced over 98 violent crimes and 1,117 property crimes in the area. The community is covered by four police jurisdictions.
Mental health is a major concern in Sherman Oaks. Local health care professionals believe substance use and homelessness are contributing factors to the situation. Discharge records from Sherman Oaks Hospital in 2014 showed mental health issues accounted for almost 18% of all discharges.
Many mental health issues may be comprehensively treated in the intensive inpatient setting provided by Sherman Oaks Hospital and other local treatment facilities. However, many insurers encourage people to seek outpatient care for all but the most severe mental health conditions.