Rolling Hills Estates is a pleasant and comfortable city in Los Angeles County, in the state of California, in the United States of America. The population came in at 8,067 at the 2010 census as reported by the United States Census Bureau, up from 7,676 at the 2000 census.

Rolling Hills Estates is a very pleasant, quite wealthy city.  On the northern side of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, facing Torrance, Rolling Hills Estates is mostly residential with big, roomy, expensive homes. Incorporated in the year of 1957, Rolling Hills Estates tries to maintain a fairly bucolic character with a large number of horse paths, bike trails, and running paths. The history of Rolling Hills Estates actually dates back to the establishment of the first Spanish rancho land grant in California, so the locals try to maintain their history and keep it going strong.

As for some of the history of this city, by 1992 many wealthier Korean Americans moved to the Palos Verdes Peninsula and settled down there. Rolling Hills Estates was among five cities in the South Bay that had the absolutely largest increases in ethnic Koreans from 1980 to 1990.  In the year of 1990, 200 ethnic Koreans lived in Rolling Hills Estates, a 160% increase from the 1980 figure of only 77 ethnic Koreans.

Rolling Hills Estates is a very wealthy, upper middle class to upper class city.  The median income for a household in the city was about $109,010, and the median income for a family was at $119,974. Males had a median income of $100,000 versus only $52,295 for females. The per capita income for the city was $51,849. Amazingly, only about 1.1% of families and 1.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.6% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.  This is definitely an upper class residential town.

Rolling Hills Estates has been a bountiful city of wealth and prosperity for some time now.  The incorporation of other areas, especially between the years of 1959 and 1982, into the city lines of Rolling Hills Estates began in the city’s early years to grow it and to expand it. At the time, such expansion seemed to threaten the atmosphere its citizens cherished and wanted to preserve, but they were able to come to compromises and to expand the city while also keeping with its old history and cultured beauty.

Today, the city has about thirty distinct neighborhoods, each with its own style and architecture that is all preplanned and worked out. As there are individual neighborhood Homeowners’ Associations as well every citizen and social organization is directly represented, the entire city is meticulously thought out.

Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Sadly, with the ever increasing spread of drugs out from inner cities and into outlying suburban dreamlands, Rolling Hills Estates is only one of many cities that has fallen under a pretty heavy drug addiction problem.  The issue with wealthy cities like Rolling Hills Estates is that they never have had any real troubles with drug or alcohol addiction and substance abuse before, so they are often completely unprepared for dealing with such issues. Unfortunately, the issues are very much there and they are there in a very big way too.  It’s up to the residents of Rolling Hills Estates to actually do something about this before it gets any worse.

Utilizing Rehabilitation

The biggest problem in Rolling Hills Estates is with young adult drug and alcohol abuse and addiction.  All of a sudden many young adults are using and abusing these substances like never before.  For example:

Drug abuse trends are increasing with the most prominence amongst young adults.  This is truly saddening because it forebodes a new generation of drug addicts as the new adult population of the United States.  According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) in the year 2008 alone, there were just over nine percent of young adults from the age group of twelve to seventeen years old who were current, active, and regular illicit drug users.

Alcohol consumption is a serious problem amongst this nation’s youth as well.  Alcohol consumption and abuse is becoming far more regular and far more accepted in modern day society, and the effect that this attitude and mindset is having on the nation’s youth is very unhealthy.  According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) more than a full fourteen percent of United States’ young adults from the age group of twelve to seventeen years old drink alcohol on a regular basis.

This is only the tip of the iceberg on young adult substance abuse in the nation, and it is even worse in a concentrated area like Rolling Hills Estates.  Now more than ever this city needs to put its foot down and absolutely insist on drug and alcohol addiction rehabilitation for anyone and everyone in the city who is addicted to drugs and alcohol.  The fact of the matter is that inpatient rehab is going to be the only thing that will be able to effectively make any changes in this city that have any kind of lasting benefits or good results.

Rolling Hills Estates has a big challenge ahead of it but with the right incentive and the right forward drive this will soon enough become a problem of the past.