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.