53 Facts About Los Angeles


Los Angeles is known for its Mediterranean climate, ethnic and cultural diversity, Hollywood film industry, and sprawling metropolitan area.

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Home to the Chumash and Tongva indigenous peoples, the area that became Los Angeles was claimed by Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo for Spain in 1542.

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Los Angeles was incorporated as a municipality on April 4, 1850, five months before California achieved statehood.

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Los Angeles has a diverse economy, and hosts businesses in a broad range of professional and cultural fields.

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Los Angeles hosted the 1932 and 1984 Summer Olympics and will host the 2028 Summer Olympics.

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Los Angeles created the first municipal zoning ordinance in the United States.

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Calship built hundreds of Liberty Ships and Victory Ships on Terminal Island, and the Los Angeles area was the headquarters of six of the country's major aircraft manufacturers.

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Los Angeles is rich in native plant species partly because of its diversity of habitats, including beaches, wetlands, and mountains.

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Many of these native species, such as the Los Angeles sunflower, have become so rare as to be considered endangered.

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Los Angeles is subject to earthquakes because of its location on the Pacific Ring of Fire.

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Major earthquakes that have hit the Los Angeles area include the 1933 Long Beach, 1971 San Fernando, 1987 Whittier Narrows, and the 1994 Northridge events.

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Drivers in Los Angeles suffer from one of the worst rush hour periods in the world, according to an annual traffic index by navigation system maker, TomTom.

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Los Angeles is often characterized by the presence of low-rise buildings, in contrast to New York City.

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That being said Downtown Los Angeles itself has many buildings over 30 stories, with fourteen over 50 stories, and two over 70 stories, the tallest of which is the Wilshire Grand Center.

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Also Los Angeles is increasingly becoming a city of apartments rather than single-family dwellings, especially in the dense inner city and Westside neighborhoods.

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Los Angeles has a two-season Mediterranean climate of dry summer and very mild winter, and receives just enough annual precipitation to avoid being classified as a semi-arid climate (BSh).

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Los Angeles has plenty of sunshine throughout the year, with an average of only 35 days with measurable precipitation annually.

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Los Angeles area is subject to phenomena typical of a microclimate, causing extreme variations in temperature in close physical proximity to each other.

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Los Angeles is home to people from more than 140 countries speaking 224 different identified languages.

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African Americans have been the predominant ethnic group in South Los Angeles, which has emerged as the largest African American community in the western United States since the 1960s.

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Many varieties of Judaism are represented in the greater Los Angeles area, including Reform, Conservative, Orthodox, and Reconstructionist.

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The Breed Street Shul in East Los Angeles, built in 1923, was the largest synagogue west of Chicago in its early decades; it is no longer in daily use as a synagogue and is being converted to a museum and community center.

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Los Angeles has had a rich and influential Protestant tradition.

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The first Protestant service in Los Angeles was a Methodist meeting held in a private home in 1850 and the oldest Protestant church still operating, First Congregational Church, was founded in 1867.

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Hollywood region of Los Angeles has several significant headquarters, churches, and the Celebrity Center of Scientology.

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The epicenter of homelessness in Los Angeles is the Skid Row neighborhood, which contains 8, 000 homeless people, one of the largest stable populations of homeless people in the United States.

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The increased homeless population in Los Angeles has been attributed to lack of housing affordability and to substance abuse.

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Los Angeles experienced a significant decline in crime in the 1990s and late 2000s and reached a 50-year low in 2009 with 314 homicides.

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Economy of Los Angeles is driven by international trade, entertainment, aerospace, technology, petroleum, fashion, apparel, and tourism.

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Los Angeles is the largest manufacturing center in the United States.

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Los Angeles has been classified an "alpha world city" according to a 2012 study by a group at Loughborough University.

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Los Angeles is often billed as the "Creative Capital of the World" because one in every six of its residents works in a creative industry and there are more artists, writers, filmmakers, actors, dancers and musicians living and working in Los Angeles than any other city at any other time in history.

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City's Hollywood neighborhood has become recognized as the center of the motion picture industry and the Los Angeles area is associated with being the center of the television industry.

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Los Angeles plays host to the annual Academy Awards, the Primetime Emmy Awards, the Grammy Awards as well as many other entertainment industry awards shows.

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Los Angeles is the site of the USC School of Cinematic Arts which is the oldest film school in the United States.

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Los Angeles is the second-largest city in the United States but hosted no NFL team between 1995 and 2015.

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At one time, the Los Angeles area hosted two NFL teams: the Rams and the Raiders.

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The San Diego Chargers announced on January 12, 2017, that they would relocate back to Los Angeles and become the Los Angeles Chargers beginning in the 2017 NFL season and played at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California for three seasons.

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Los Angeles has twice hosted the Summer Olympic Games: in 1932 and in 1984, and will host the games for a third time in 2028.

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Los Angeles will be the third city after London and Paris (1900, 1924 and 2024) to host the Olympic Games three times.

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Los Angeles hosted the Deaflympics in 1985 and Special Olympics World Summer Games in 2015.

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Los Angeles hosted 8 FIFA World Cup soccer games at the Rose Bowl in 1994, including the final, where Brazil won.

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Los Angeles will be one of eleven US host cities for the 2026 FIFA World Cup with matches set to be held at SoFi Stadium.

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Los Angeles is one of six North American cities to have won championships in all five of its major leagues, having completed the feat with the Kings' 2012 Stanley Cup title.

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Los Angeles is a charter city as opposed to a general law city.

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Charter of the City of Los Angeles ratified by voters in 1999 created a system of advisory neighborhood councils that would represent the diversity of stakeholders, defined as those who live, work or own property in the neighborhood.

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Los Angeles Unified School District serves almost all of the city of Los Angeles, as well as several surrounding communities, with a student population around 800, 000.

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Several small sections of Los Angeles are in the Inglewood Unified School District, and the Las Virgenes Unified School District.

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The Los Angeles Sentinel is the city's major African-American weekly paper, boasting the largest African-American readership in the Western United States.

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Many cities adjacent to Los Angeles have their own daily newspapers whose coverage and availability overlaps with certain Los Angeles neighborhoods.

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Main international and domestic airport serving Los Angeles is Los Angeles International Airport, commonly referred to by its airport code, LAX.

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Port of Los Angeles is in San Pedro Bay in the San Pedro neighborhood, approximately 20 miles south of Downtown.

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Los Angeles has 25 sister cities, listed chronologically by year joined:.

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