Los Angeles, Spanish for “the angels,” is the cultural, financial, and commercial center of Southern California. It is the second most populated city in the United States after only New York City. Los Angeles covers 469 square miles, and Los Angeles County is the most populated county in the nation. With over 13 million residents in the LA metropolitan area, the city is one of the most substantial economic engines within the US, with a diverse economy consisting of a wide range of professional fields.
Nicknamed the “City of Angels,” LA is known for its Mediterranean climate and ethnic diversity. The city is divided into over 80 districts and neighborhoods and on a broad level the areas are: Downtown Los Angeles, East Los Angeles, Northeast Los Angeles, South LA, the Harbor Area, Greater Hollywood, Wilshire, the Westside, and the San Fernando Valley.
Outside of a few high-rise centers, Los Angeles is characterized by its low-rise buildings. Important landmarks include the Hollywood Sign, Hollywood Bowl, Griffith Observatory, Getty Center, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles City Hall, Staples Center, and LA City Hall.
Los Angeles real estate prices have gone up 7.5% over the past year and the median price of LA homes currently listed is $729,958.
Los Angeles is home to people from more than 140 countries, speaking 224 different languages. Throughout the city exist ethnic enclaves such as Chinatown, Koreatown, Little Ethiopia, Little Tokyo, Little Armenia, Thai Town, Historic Filipinotown, and Little Bangladesh.
The Los Angeles Unified School District is the largest (by number of students) public school system in the United States. Besides the University of Southern California (USC), Loyola Marymount University, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and Pepperdine University, there are 20 other universities in Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles economy is driven by international trade, entertainment, aerospace, technology, fashion, petroleum, and tourism. Los Angeles is the largest manufacturing center in the western US. Major film studios in LA include Paramount Pictures, 20th Century Fox, and Universal Pictures. Disney and Sony Studios are in Burbank and Culver City, respectively.
The performing arts play a major role in Los Angeles’ cultural identity. The Los Angeles Music Center is one of the three largest performing arts centers in the nation, with The Walt Disney Concert Hall as its centerpiece. There are also 841 museums and art galleries in LA County, more museums per capita than any other city in the world.
Los Angeles’s professional sports teams include the LA Dodgers (MLB), LA Angels (MLB), LA Rams (NFL), LA Chargers (NFL), LA Lakers (NBA), LA Clippers (NBA), LA Kings (NHL), Anaheim Ducks (NHL), LA Galaxy (MLS), and LA Sparks (WNBA). Los Angeles will host the 2028 Summer Olympics.
LAX is the main international and domestic airport serving Los Angeles, and Bob Hope Airport in Burbank serves the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys. The Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro adjoins the Port of Long Beach, and together, both ports make up the the fifth busiest container port in the world.