Los Angeles Facts

Los Angeles

Los Angeles (LA) is the second-most populous city in the United States of America, and its importance to the nation’s economy, politics, and culture cannot be denied. The simple truth is that LA is a massive melting pot with a diverse population that’s unique in every sense of the word. It has been called one of America’s “Green Cities,” it boasts beautiful beaches along with charming neighborhoods; it's full of art museums in various forms and styles. And of course... we cannot forget the Hollywood scene.

15 Amazing Facts About Los Angeles

1. Before the American-Mexican war of 1847, Los Angeles was called El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles sobre El Río Porciúncula. Thus, Los Angeles and the State of California used to be part of Mexico. This fact is reflected in the very high number of Mexicans who call LA home.

2. LA has a population of around 4 million people and is the most populous city in the state of California.

3. In 1850, Los Angeles was incorporated as a city.

4. LA has several nicknames: The City of Angels, LA LA Land, “the city of distractions” or simply LA.


5. This might surprise you, but downtown Los Angeles has the second-highest number of government buildings behind Washington D.C.

6. The film industry has had its own ZIP Code since 1924.

7. The U.S. Bank Tower is the tallest tower in California and one of the tallest in the United States.

8. Parking is very hard to find Los Angeles! Believe it or not, they are more cars than people.

9. The Hollywood sign was only meant to stay up for 1 year as an advertisement for a real estate company. It used to be called Hollywoodland.

10. The Hollywood Walk of Fame has over 2500 stars.

11. Los Angeles has the highest number of female entrepreneurs in the US.

12. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is the 5th busiest airport in the world.

13. LA hosted the Summer Olympics two times; 1932 and 1984. The only city in the US to do so. It will also host the Summer Olympics in 2028.

14. Los Angeles is blessed with beautiful weather and Palm trees but beware about the silent killer underground – Earthquakes. Regular seismic tremors/activity is normal. There are thousands of earthquakes every year in the state of California.

15. As you would expect, LA is younger than most cities in the US, the average age is 35 years old.

Ohh and if you ever happen to be in LA, I highly recommend you visit The Griffith Observatory - it is free. The views will absolutely blow you away! Thanks for checking out these facts about Los Angeles.