By attempting to describe Los Angeles, the second-largest city of the USA, one word comes to mind quickly: gigantic. It seems like the city never ends when you drive through it and within its area, it shows countless facets and thousands of different faces. Here in southwestern California between San Diego, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino and Los Angeles, everything melts together into one single space, much more than the eye can take in and without a doubt, this region has formed the global image of California - not least thanks to the impact of Hollywood on American culture.


Southwestern California



Metro population



1302 kmē

Population density

3176 / kmē

Incorporation date

April 4, 1850


City of Angels


San Francisco 615 kilometers, Las Vegas 435 kilometers, Sacramento 620 kilometers


Eric Garcetti, since 2013

CA Los Angeles


Los Angeles


CA Los Angeles Hollywood sign


CA Los Angeles Walk of Fame

Los Angeles is not only the Entertainment Capital of the World, but also an important hub for trade, technology, fashion and culture. According to comparative research, L.A. ranks eighth among the most important cities in the world in terms of economic significance. If the Los Angeles metropolitan area were a country, it would rank fifteenth among the strongest national economies of the world. The LAX international airport is the fifth-largest in the world and Port Angeles is among the most important ports on the planet, especially as far as trade with the Pacific area is concerned. Every sixth inhabitant works in entertainment and culture - Los Angeles has more museums per person than any other city in the world.

Los Angeles has flat sections as well as quite a number of hills and mountains with altitudes of up to 1550 meters. The Los Angeles River, which flows through the city, is almost exclusively encased in a concrete bed. On average, the area has 320 days of sunshine per year and very warm summers. Thanks to the city’s size and the varying landscapes, there are some climate differences between the western part of town - the one near the Pacific - and the one in the hinterland on higher altitudes. In the summer months, Los Angeles frequently suffers from high levels of air pollution, this is due to rare precipitation. However, measures have been undertaken to reduce these levels.

According to census estimates, the mark of 4 million inhabitants was surpassed for the first time in 2008. Los Angeles’ demographics is among the most diverse in the country. There are people from all over the world living in the city, many of which are illegally in the US and are thus not properly registered. Hispanics make up more than 46% of the city’s population and only in some 42% of the 1,28 million households, English is spoken as the first language. A little more than 10% of residents claim to be of Asian origin.




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