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As the second largest city in the nation, Los Angeles gets its fair share of attention.  But there is still plenty to learn about the City of Angels.  Even if you think the following facts sound too outrageous to be true, just know they are real.  How do we know?  Research.  As LA celebrates its 225th Anniversary, here are 225 true and amazing facts about the city.

 

Big, Bigger, Biggest

 
 

 

  • With a population of 10,245,572, LA County is the most populous in the United States
  • If LA County were a state, it would be eighth largest in population
  • The population of the five-county region of Los Angeles is larger than all of the states in the nation, except California, New York and Texas
  • LA County is home to 88 cities
  • LA is the largest city in LA County with 3,976,071 people
  • Vernon has the smallest population: 91
  • 10,064-foot Mount San Antonio is the highest point in LA County
  • LA County has 81 miles of coastline
  • The longest street in LA City is Sepulveda Boulevard at 26.4 miles
  • Sepulveda Boulevard continues through LA County for a total of 76 miles
  • LA County’s land area is 4,752 square miles
  • LA County has 79 certified farmers markets
  • The Los Angeles Unified School District is the second largest school district in the nation
  • La Opinión in the largest Spanish-language newspaper in the United States, with a circulation of 125,624

 
 

 

Sunshine City

 
 

 

  • LA has, on average, 325 days of sunshine a year
  • The average temperature in December is 68 degrees
  • And in July, 82
  • LA is the only city in the United States to have hosted the Summer Olympics twice
  • The Olympic Cauldron (torch) from the 1984 games is still lit during USC football games
  • Seven Super Bowls have been held in LA
  • Dodger Stadium was the first ballpark to host more than 3 million spectators in one season
  • You can surf, snowboard, ski, and blaze a trail through the desert all in the same day, thanks to the area’s unique geography
  • More than 50 million people go to LA’s beaches each year
  • The Santa Monica National Recreation Area covers 153,095 acres
  • Griffith Park, at 4,014 acres of land, is the largest city-run park in the country
  • One of the largest manmade recreational harbors, Marina del Rey is home to more than 6,000 private yachts
  • LA has 475 miles of bicycle paths

Sports generally considered to have been invented here:

  • Beach volleyball
  • Windsurfing
  • Skateboarding

LA County has:

  • 19 golf courses
  • 344 miles of horse and hiking trails

 
 

 

Master in the Arts and Sciences

 
 

 

  • There are more artists, writers, filmmakers, actors, dancers and musicians living and working in LA than any other city at any other time in the history of civilization
  • Between 1923 and 2005, 22 Nobel Prize winners came from Los Angeles institutions (Cal Tech, UCLA, USC) including Linus Pauling and Richard Feynman
  • The LA Times has won 39 Pulitzer Prizes
  • LA is the largest book market in the United States
  • And home to 311 bookstores
  • The main branch of the LA County Public Library system is the third largest public library in the country
  • Seven Pritzker Prize winners (the Nobel Prize of architecture) have designed buildings in LA
  • The tallest office building on the West Coast is the US Bank Tower, at 73 stories, 1,018 feet
  • The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, designed by Jose Raphael Moneo, is the third largest cathedral in the world

LA boasts several of the world’s most lauded postmodern structures:

  • Walt Disney Concert Hall by Frank O. Gehry
  • Museum of Contemporary Art by Arata Isozaki
  • Getty Center by Richard Meier
  • Museum of Television and Radio by Richard Meier
  • Skirball Cultural Center and Museum by Moshe Safdie
  • Japanese Pavilion at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) by Bruce Goff
  • Frank Lloyd Wright, the most generally renowned American architect, designed nine structures in the LA area
  • The Pacific Design Center, at 1.2 million square feet, is the West Coast’s largest interior design marketplace
  • The world’s first circular office building, Capitol Records, was designed to look like a stack of 45 rpm records
  • The largest adobe building in the United States is Mission San Fernando in Mission Hills
  • The largest concentration of restored Victorian homes in LA is the 1300 block of Carroll Avenue in Angeleno Heights
  • Olvera Street in Downtown LA has 27 historic buildings
  • The oldest existing house in LA is the 1818 Avila Adobe, in the center of Olvera Street LA is filled with one-of-a-kind buildings including:
  • Grauman’s Chinese Theatre
  • Hollywood Bowl
  • Watts Towers
  • Bradbury Building
  • The only remaining wooden lighthouse in the state is located at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro
  • Union Station, a blend of Spanish and Streamline Moderne styles and built in 1939, is the last of the great rail stations
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is the largest encyclopedic museum west of Chicago, with a collection of more than 100,000 works
  • The Getty Center is the world’s most comprehensive arts, conservation and education institution
  • The Getty Villa is the only reconstruction of a Roman Patrician country home in the United States
  • The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens is one of the largest and most complete research libraries in the United States and includes a copy of the Gutenberg Bible
  • The Natural History Museum is the largest natural history museum in the western United States with more than 33 million specimens and artifacts
  • The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) holds one of the country’s most comprehensive collections of American and European art created since 1940, with more than 5,000 objects
  • The Japanese American National Museum is the only museum in the country dedicated to sharing the experience of Americans of Japanese ancestry
  • The Museum of the American West holds the largest collection of art and artifacts relating to Western movies and TV shows
  • The Skirball Cultural Center and Museum has one of the world’s most extensive collections of Jewish artifacts, spanning 4,000 years
  • The Nethercutt Collection features one of the world’s finest collections of automated mechanical instruments from cuckoo clocks to nickelodeons
  • The S.S. Lane Victory is a fully operational World War II ship as well as a museum

Many other specialized museums make their home in LA including:

  • California African American Museum
  • California Science Center
  • Simon Wiesenthal Center and Museum
  • Petersen Automotive Museum
  • With more than 1,500 wall paintings on storefronts, alleys and street corners, LA is the mural capital of the world
  • The world’s longest mural is the Great Wall of Los Angeles, stretches nearly 2,500 feet along the Los Angeles River in the San Fernando Valley

Famous songs about LA include:

  • “Born in East LA”
  • “I Love LA”

 
 

 

Hooray for Hollywood

 
 

 

  • An average of 150 productions are filmed daily on LA streets
  • The motion picture/TV production industry and related services generate more than $31 billion annually top 10 filming locations in LA:
  • Downtown
  • Griffith Park
  • Industrial East Side of Downtown Los Angeles
  • Ocean Front Walk
  • Hancock Park
  • Hollywood Boulevard
  • Pacific Palisades
  • Studio City
  • North Hollywood
  • Crenshaw/Adams Jefferson Park

LA is home to the world’s most famous sidewalk, Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, where more than 2,300 stars have their own stars. Recent inductees include:

  • Nancy Sinatra
  • Vanna White
  • Destiny’s Child
  • Queen Latifah
  • George Lopez
  • LAX is the most filmed airport in the world for movies
  • Jerry Seinfeld’s New York apartment is actually in LA, at 757 New Hampshire Ave.
  • The funeral home on “Six Feet Under” is actually an LA house at 2302 W.
  • 25th St.
  • “Alias” secret agent Sydney Bristow’s house is at 1731 N. Sycamore Ave. in Hollywood
  • The opening scene from M*A*S*H* was filmed in the Santa Monica Mountains, not South Korea
  • LA is the film festival of capital of the world

Stars who went to UCLA include:

  • James Dean
  • Jim Morrison
  • Heather Locklear
  • The Screen Actors Guild represents 40,000 LA actors, more than 50 percent of its membership
  • The largest historical theater district (54 buildings) listed on the National Register of Historic Places is located in Downtown LA
  • With more than 1,500 theatrical productions annually, LA has more theatrical shows than any other city in the world
  • LA has more than 500 theatrical spaces
  • LA has the most 99-seat theaters in the world. Actors Equity allows actors to work without pay in these small theaters

 
 

 

People-proud

 
 

 

  • Residents of LA County include people from 140 countries
  • LA has the largest populations of Mexicans, Armenians, Koreans, Filipinos, Salvadorans and Guatemalans outside of their respective countries
  • LA is also home to the largest populations of Japanese, Iranians and Cambodians living in the United States
  • LA has the largest Asian population in the United States: 1.4 million
  • More than 224 languages or dialects are spoken here
  • Students enrolled in the LA school district speak more than 90 languages
  • LA County has the largest concentration of Native Americans in the United States, representing more than 100 tribal groups
  • Little Ethiopia is the first officially designated African area in the United States. LA has 50,000 Ethiopians.

Other officially recognized neighborhoods include:

  • Little Persia
  • Filipinotown
  • Little Armenia
  • Thai Town
  • There are more than 2,000 festivals, street fairs, parades and other special events held each year in LA

Famous people who were born in LA include:

  • Julia Child
  • Oscar de la Hoya
  • Mia Farrow
  • Marilyn Monroe
  • General George S. Patton, Jr.
  • Sally Ride
  • Duke Snider
  • Adlai Stevenson
  • Venus Williams

All over LA, city streets are named for famous people including:

  • Cesar Chavez Avenue (East LA)
  • Kareem Boulevard (Near Great Western Forum)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. (South LA)
  • George Burns Drive (near the Beverly Center)
  • Gracie Allen Way (near the Beverly Center)
  • Bob Hope Drive (Toluca Lake)
  • Chick Hearn Court (at STAPLES Center)
  • Howard Hughes Parkway (near LAX)

 
 

 

Old Glory

 
 

 

  • Less than 200 years ago, in 1820, the population of LA was 650 people
  • LA has been part of three countries: Spain, Mexico and the United States
  • LA is home to two historic missions: San Fernando Mission (1797) and San Gabriel Mission (1771)
  • Oil was discovered here in 1892
  • The California Gold Rush began in LA County in 1842 at Placerita Canyon
  • La Brea Tar Pits is the only excavation site in the world where predators found exceed prey
  • Historic Route 66 winds through LA from the easternmost part of the county to the coast in Santa Monica
  • Six of the original canals of Abbot Kinney’s Venice of America still exist

 
 

 

Lotusland and More...

 
 

 

  • The largest lotus pond in the United States can be found in Echo Park
  • The official flower is the Bird of Paradise
  • The official tree is the Erythrina palm tree (coral tree)
  • There are more than 25 different varieties of palm trees in the LA area
  • The only palm native to LA is the California fan palm
  • The largest collection of camellias in the United States can be found at Descanso Gardens, covering 165 acres
  • The largest blossoming plant on earth is the giant Chinese Wisteria in Sierra Madre. It spans close to an acre with branches extending 500 feet
  • The Huntington’s Botanical Gardens is one of the world’s most acclaimed gardens, with 15,000 kinds of plants
  • One of the largest rose gardens in the world is in Exposition Park, with more than 10,000 rose bushes

Despite the mild, semi-desert climate, there are several spots in LA with fall foliage:

  • LA Arboretum
  • Descanso Gardens
  • Griffith Park
  • Angeles National Forest
  • The LA Zoo is home to more than 1,200 animals
  • It is the only zoo in the West Coast to have a blue-eyed lemur
  • A 10-year-old male okapi is the zoo’s newest inhabitant

 
 

 

Round, Round, Get Around ... We Get Around

 
 

 

  • 5.2 million cars registered in LA County. Only seven states have more
  • The East LA Interchange is the busiest freeway interchange in the world
  • There are almost three million vehicle trips per day on freeways and surface streets
  • LA has 27 interconnecting freeways
  • LA has the largest street system in the United States with:
  • More than 7,300 miles of public roadway
  • 230,000 streetlights maintained in 250 different styles
  • The LA metropolitan area is served by more airports than any other major city in the world
  • LAX is the nation’s third busiest and world’s fifth busiest passenger airport
  • Approximately 80 passengers carriers and 20 cargo carriers serve LAX
  • In 2005, LAX had 61,489,398 passengers
  • LAX is also third in the United States in air cargo tonnage and eighth in the world, handling more than 1.9 million metric tons in 2005
  • Approximately 408,000 jobs are attributable to LAX
  • LAX’s U.S. Coast Guard Air Station is the only one of its kind in the country
  • LAX has more than 21,000 parking spaces
  • Union Station ranks fifth busiest in the national Amtrak System
  • In 2005, 1,373,740 passengers began or ended their trips at Union Station

The MTA, the city’s transit program, includes light rail, subway and traditional rail commuter services:

  • 18,500 bus stops
  • 191 bus routes
  • 2,668 buses
  • These buses use more than 20,000 tires per year

 
 

 

We Put the Busy in Business

 
 

 

  • The largest toy manufacturer in the world and Barbie creator, Mattel, Inc., is based in LA
  • The leading export from the port of LA is electrical apparatus followed by flying devices
  • The leading import by value is electronic machinery, followed by motor vehicle
  • LA/Long Beach is the No. 1 import/export port in the United States. It is fifth in the world in terms of containers handled
  • The LA region is home to one of the largest retail sales markets in the United States
  • The Los Angeles Customs District is No. 1 for international trade (based on number of containers handled or on value of international trade) 
  • Two-way trade totaled $294 billion in 2005
  • Major exports include integrated circuits, aircraft and space craft, computers, aircraft parts and parts for office machines
  • Major imports are computers, passenger vehicles, integrated circuits, office machine parts and reception apparatus
  • LA is the nation's No. 1 manufacturing center
  • LA is the center of movie and TV production
  • LA is a major center for automotive design. The “Big Three” U.S. automobile manufacturers, along with Honda, Mazda, Nissan, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo, have all located design centers in LA
  • LA has 563,000 people that work in some type of a creative activity
  • LA County is a leader in minority-owned businesses
  • LA boasts the largest port complex in the United States
  • Almost 2,700 vessels arrived in the port in 2005
  • The port serves 1.2 million cruise passengers every year
  • The Port’s top five trading partners are China, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and Thailand
  • Los Angeles is the third largest hotel market in the United States
  • LA has more than 90,000 hotel rooms ranging from hostels to luxurious five-star resorts

 
 

 

Bet you didn’t know...

 
 

 

  • The organ at Walt Disney Concert Hall has 6,134 pipes ranging in size from pencil to a telephone pole

Los Angeles is the birthplace of:

  • The hula-hoop
  • The Barbie doll
  • The Mazda Miata
  • The DC-3
  • Mickey Mouse
  • The Fender Stratocaster
  • The chaise lounge
  • The Space Shuttle
  • The world’s only merry-go-round apartment is on top of the carousel on Santa Monica Pier
  • Angel’s Gate/LA Harbor Lighthouse is the only lighthouse in the world that emits an emerald green beacon
  • The world’s first air meet was held in Los Angeles, at Dominguez Field in 1910. The event featured the first powered flight in the West
  • The first plane to fly around the world, in 1924, the Douglas World Cruiser, was built in Santa Monica
  • The world’s first TV news helicopter, dubbed the Telecopter, was sent aloft by KTLA on July 4, 1958

USC was first in the nation to establish schools in these fields:

  • Cinema-Television
  • Gerontology
  • Urban Planning and Development
  • According to the LA County Psychological Association, there are 3,000 licensed psychologists in LA County
  • There are 157 board certified plastic surgeons in LA County

 

 

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