The ‘City of Angels’, more popularly known as Los Angeles or LA, is a fantastic place to live in. A bustling metropolis, Los Angeles is often associated beaches, ports and a city that can offer anybody a true American experience or the best American lifestyle. Located on the Western coast of US, this place has always fascinated visitors and attracts millions of them annually. The original site of the popular television series ‘Baywatch’, LA has a long coastline that is dotted with a number of beaches that are the ideal combination of sun, sand and sea. Besides, LA has a number of museums, salubrious climate and a great deal of opportunity for prosperity. For over centuries, Los Angeles has been the epicenter of intellectual growth, urban development and is also one of the most popular destinations in the United States for local food and large, diverse communities! Want to know more about Los Angeles? Read the following interesting facts about Los Angeles and increase your knowledge.
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Country: United States of America
Continent: North America
Established In: September 4, 1781
Established By: Felipe de Neve
Population: 3,819,702 (2011)
Area: 1,302 km2
Interesting And Fun Facts About Los Angeles
- Los Angeles is the the most populous city in the U.S. state of California and the second most populous in the United States, after New York City.
- Los Angeles is regarded as the entrepreneurial capital of the world. It has about 200,000 small businesses, which is twice as many small businesses that can be found in any other region of the United States.
- The economy of the County of Los Angeles is larger than that of forty-six of the fifty states in the United States of America.
- The City of Los Angeles moves approximately one-quarter of an inch to the east every year.
- The citizens of Los Angeles are called ‘Angelinos’, which incidentally, rhymes with casinos.
- Los Angeles is considered to be the world’s entertainment center. Here, on an everyday basis, there are over 100 movie and television production crews shooting for their respective soaps/films on location.
- LA would be the ninth largest state in US when ranked on the basis of population ahead of any other state of US except for California, Texas, and New York.
- Los Angeles has some 90 stage theaters and more than 300 museums, which is greater than any other city in the US.
- Despite its paradise like image, Los Angeles supports more of a desert climate. The annual rainfall in this city is only around 380 mm.
- The ‘bird of paradise’ is the LA city flower and the LA city tree is the ‘coral tree’.
- When Los Angeles was founded in 1781, it was called ‘El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles de la Porciuncula’, which translated to ‘Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angeles of the Small Portion’. At that time, there were only 44 people or 14 families living there. The population grew and the name shrank to ‘Los Angeles’.
- In 1996, LA had 23 million tourists and other visitors who spent a total of $10.5 billion, which contributed to the growing GDP of the United States of America.
- One of the busiest ports in the world is the Los Angeles port, which is an important business and commercial center.
- The top 10 industries in LA are Business and Professional Management Services; Health Services; Tourism; International Trade; Wholesale Trade and Distribution; Technology, Telecommunications and Aerospace; Motion Picture and Television Production; Financial Services, Apparel Design and Manufacturing, Agriculture and Food Production.
- Los Angeles comprises of a large and diverse population. Here, you will find more than 88 vibrant mini-cities and communities.
- The Los Angeles International Airport is considered to be the third largest airport in the world.
- Los Angeles is home to over 1.2 million college graduates, in a total labor force of over 7.4 million people.
- It is illegal within the city limits of Los Angeles to place two children under the age of two in a bathtub at the same time.
- Los Angeles has 6 area codes—213, 310, 323, 424, 626, 818—more than any other American city. And four of them are palindromes!
- The Shirley Temple, a non-alcoholic cocktail, was invented in Los Angeles.
- Animals are banned from mating publicly within 1,500 feet of a tavern, school, or place of worship.