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"City of Angels"

Los Angeles is a city in Los Angeles County.

It is the county seat.

L.A. was originally a Spanish settlement known as "Reina de los Angeles" or "Queen of the Angels."
[NOTE: This is not the only community in California named Los Angeles. For links to other places called Los Angeles, CA, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]

The latitude of Los Angeles is 34.052N. The longitude is -118.242W.

It is in the Pacific Standard time zone. Elevation is 292 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 3,819,951.

Median household income
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Los Angeles demographic reports
Los Angeles is on the Pacific Coast.
Explorer Gaspar de Portol?, sent out to establish missions in northern California, camped here in 1769. Early settlers faced the obstacles of isolation, poor harbors and lack of water.

In the mid-1800s, Los Angeles was a rough cow town, with frequent violence between Anglos and Mexicans. Development quickened with completion of the Southern Pacific rail line in 1872.

The local economy developed in bursts, with cattle, real estate, citrus, oil, autos, movies, aircraft and the military.

Voters defeated measures in 2002 that would have allowed San Fernando Valley and Hollywood to secede from the city of Los Angeles
Public transportation: Metro (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 48,824. The number of murders and homicides was 515. The violent crime rate was 12.7 per 1,000 people.
Local ZIP code 90077 (Bel Air and Beverly Glen) was identified by American Demographics magazine as the 21st most affluent ZIP in the U.S. (April 2005)
Los Angeles received national attention for 1991 police beating of Rodney King, and the rioting that followed officers' acquittal of charges
Filming location for:
· 1997 film, "L.A. Confidential"
· 1955 movie, "Rebel Without a Cause"
Census 2000 highlights: Second largest city in the U.S., by population; city with the fifth largest population growth in the 1990s (209,321 people)
Well-known residents have included:
· Marilyn Monroe, actress
· Adlai Stevenson, politician
· Earl Warren, California governor and chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
· Coolio, rap musician
Local bands (past and present) have included Doors, Guns n' Roses, Maroon 5, M?tley Cr?, Goldfinger, Eagles, Metallica, Bangles
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Peet's Coffee & Tea, Panera Bread, Starbucks, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
Local festivals include:
  • Golden Dragon Parade - Feb. 18, 2007
  • Festival of Books - April 28-29, 2007
  • Tofu Festival - Aug. 11-12, 2007
Dates often change. Check Los Angeles web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Nearby parks & recreation: Griffith Park, Echo Park, Dockweiler State Beach, Will Rogers State Beach, Channel Islands National Park
Los Angeles attractions: Los Angeles Zoo, Mildred Mathias Botanical Garden, CBS Television City, Griffith Observatory and Planetarium
Sports teams: Dodgers (NL), Lakers (NBA), Kings (NHL), Sparks (WNBA), Avengers (Arena Football League), Clippers (NBA)
Historic sites and museums: Getty Center, Latino Museum of History, Art and Culture, Southwest Museum, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Autry Museum of Western Heritage, California African-American Museum, Museum of Tolerance
Colleges and universities: University of California, University of Southern California, West Coast University, Antioch University - Antioch Los Angeles, Loyola Marymount University, Occidental College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was on par with the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 168
Nineteen suburbs in search of a metropolis.
-- Americana
H.L. Mencken
· "L.A. Woman"
· "'I Love LA" (Randy Newman)
· "L.A. Freeway"

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Neighborhoods in Los Angeles include Angelino Heights, Arleta, Atwater Village, Bel Air, Belvedere Gardens, Beverly Glen, Beverlywood, Boyle Heights, Brentwood, Castellammare ... More neighborhood info

Neighborhoods in Los Angeles include Angelino Heights, Arleta, Atwater Village, Bel Air, Belvedere Gardens, Beverly Glen, Beverlywood, Boyle Heights, Brentwood, Castellammare ... More neighborhood info

Census & demographics

Sections below provide additional information and links about Los Angeles demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Los Angeles County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 90017 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

5% of Los Angeles residents report German ancestry, and 4% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Los Angeles ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Los Angeles was $20,671, compared with $21,587 nationally.


26% of Los Angeles residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

Fairs, festivals & other events
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Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.

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Guides to Los Angeles
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Historical societies

Historic districts in Los Angeles include Alvarado Terrace Historic District, Broadway Theater and Commercial District, Carroll Avenue, 1300 Block, Exposition Park Rose Garden, Highland - Camrose Bungalow Village, Hollywood Boulevard Commercial and Entertainment District, Little Tokyo Historic District, Los Angeles Plaza Historic District, Menlo Avenue - West Twenty-ninth Street Historic District, South Bonnie Brae Tract Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Los Angeles, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $612.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,598.


Libraries in Los Angeles include A C Bilbrew Library, Alma Reaves Woods Watts Branch, Angeles Mesa Branch, Anthony Quinn Library, Arroyo Seco Express, Ascot Branch, Atwater Village Branch, Baldwin Hills Branch, Benjamin Franklin Branch, Cahuenga Branch ... View libraries


Media outlets

Newspapers in Los Angeles include Los Angeles Daily News, Los Angeles Downtown News, Los Angeles Times, Palisadian-Post

TV stations in Los Angeles include KABC, KCAL, KCBS, KCET, KCOP, KLCS, KMEX, KNBC, KTLA, KTTV, KWHY.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KUSC.

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Los Angeles County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Los Angeles political report.

Postal Service

Los Angeles restaurants taking online reservations include AMMO, Angelini Osteria, Arnie Morton's, the Steakhouse - Beverly Hills, Arnie Morton's, the Steakhouse - Los Angeles, Barefoot Restaurant, BlackSteel, Blair's, Bombay Cafe, Brasserie Vert, Breeze Restaurant ... View restaurants


The average commute time for Los Angeles workers is 30 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 839 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Los Angeles between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 2.3 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.


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Los Angeles, CA

Pros: climate; entertainment-media capital; geographic diversity; beaches.

Cons: Traffic; bad schools; gangs; too spread out.

This is a good place to Enjoy nightlife, including restaurants, bars, clubs.

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