The earliest Lebanese in Southern California arrived around the turn of the twentieth century. Originally, they lived in an area east of downtown Los Angeles, still home to recent immigrants. Later, they moved west of downtown, as the location of their principal religious institutions shows us. Today's Lebanese are more widely scattered, with a substantial community in Orange County east of Los Angeles County. Most of the founders of the Lebanese Ladies Cultural Society live in or near Pasadena, an affluent city northeast of downtown Los Angeles.
U.S. Census Bureau (2005). We the People of Arab Ancestry in the United States; Census 2000 Special Reports, March 2005, prepared by Angela Brittingham and G. Patricia de la Cruz.