Los Angeles County, California

county in California, United States

Los Angeles County is a county in California and is by far the most populous county in the United States.[7] At the 2020 census, 10,014,009 people lived in the county.[4] Its population is larger than that of 41 individual U.S. states. It is the third-biggest metropolitan economy in the world, with a Nominal GDP of over $700 billion, larger than the GDPs of Belgium, Norway, and Taiwan.[8]

Los Angeles County
Los Angeles skyline
Images, from top down, left to right: Downtown Los Angeles in June 2019; Venice, Los Angeles during sunset; Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills; satellite picture of Santa Catalina Island; the Santa Monica Pier; Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve; and the Hollywood Sign
Flag of Los Angeles County
Official seal of Los Angeles County
Nickname: 
"L.A. County"
Map
Interactive map of Los Angeles County
Location in the state of California
Location in the state of California
Coordinates: 34°3′N 118°15′W / 34.050°N 118.250°W / 34.050; -118.250
CountryUnited States
StateCalifornia
RegionSouthern California
Metro areaGreater Los Angeles
FormedFebruary 18, 1850[1]
County seatLos Angeles
Largest cityLos Angeles
Incorporated cities88
Area
 • Total4,751 sq mi (12,310 km2)
 • Land4,058 sq mi (10,510 km2)
 • Water693 sq mi (1,790 km2)
Highest elevation10,068 ft (3,069 m)
Lowest elevation0 ft (0 m)
Population
 • Total10,014,009
 • Density2,468/sq mi (953/km2)
Time zoneUTC−8 (Pacific Time Zone)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−7 (Pacific Daylight Time)
ZIP Codes
90xxx–918xx, 92397, 92821, 92823, 93243, 935xx[5]
Area codes213/323, 310/424, 442/760, 562, 626, 657/714, 661, 747/818, 840/909
FIPS code06-037
GNIS feature ID277283
GDP$712 billion[6]
Websitelacounty.gov

The county seat is the City of Los Angeles.

History change

Los Angeles County is one of the first counties of California. It was created at the time that California became a state in 1850.[9]

Geography change

The U.S. Census Bureau says that the county has an area of 4,751 square miles (12,310 km2). Of that, 4,058 square miles (10,510 km2) is land and 693 square miles (1,790 km2) (15%) is water.[10]

Los Angeles County includes San Clemente Island and Santa Catalina Island. They are part of the Channel Islands archipelago off the Pacific Coast.

People change

Historical population
Census Pop.
18503,530
186011,333221.0%
187015,30935.1%
188033,381118.0%
1890101,454203.9%
1900170,29867.9%
1910504,131196.0%
1920936,45585.8%
19302,208,492135.8%
19402,785,64326.1%
19504,151,68749.0%
19606,038,77145.5%
19707,041,98016.6%
19807,477,4216.2%
19908,863,16418.5%
20009,519,3387.4%
20109,818,6053.1%
202010,014,0092.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[11]
1790–1960[12] 1900–1990[13]
1990–2000[14] 2010–2020[4]

The 2020 United States Census says that 10,014,009 people lived in Los Angeles County. The people of Los Angeles County were 3,259,427 (32.5%) White, 1,499,984 (15.0%) Asian, 794,364 (7.9%) African American, 163,464 (1.6%) Native American, 24,522 (0.2%) Pacific Islander, 2,784,180 (27.8%) from other races, and 1,488,068 (14.9%) from two or more races.[15]

The county has a lot of Asian Americans. It has the most amount of immigrants who are Burmese, Cambodian, Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Indonesian, Korean, Sri Lankan, Taiwanese, and Thai in the world.[16]

Los Angeles County has a large Latino population. 73% of the Latino population in Los Angeles County is of Mexican heritage, according to 2020 Census estimates. Another 9.6% were of Salvadoran heritage, 6.0% Guatemalan, 3.1% South American, and Honduran 1.3%. The remainder were of Puerto Rican, Cuban, Dominican, other Central American, or other Hispanic/Latino origin in Los Angeles County.[17]


Race and ancestry change

Population, race, and income (2022)
Total population[18] 9,721,138
White[18] 2,857,095 29.4%
Black or African American[18] 739,392 7.6%
American Indian or Alaska Native[18] 135,624 1.4%
Asian[18] 1,453,709 15.0%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander[18] 24,450 0.3%
Some other race[18] 2,510,738 25.8%
Two or more races[18] 2,000,130 20.6%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race)[18] 4,766,616 49.0%
Per capita income[19] $43,171
Median household income[20] $82,516
Median family income[20] $92,506

The Public Policy Institute of California estimates that in 2008, Los Angeles County had more than 1/3 of California's undocumented immigrants. They are more than ten percent of the population.[21]

Religion change

In 2015, there were over 2,000 Christian churches. Most of those churches are Catholic.[1] Roman Catholics are about 40% of the population. 202 Jewish synagogues, 145 Buddhist temples, 48 Muslim mosques, 44 Bahai worship centers, 37 Hindu mandirs, 28 Tenrikyo churches and fellowships, 16 Shinto worship centers, and 14 Sikh gurdwaras are in the county.[22] The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles has about 5 million members, and it is the biggest diocese in the United States.

Government change

Politics change

Overview change

Los Angeles County has voted for the Democratic candidate in most of the presidential elections in the past 40 years. It voted for the Democrat in every election since 1988. However, it did vote twice for Dwight Eisenhower (1952, 1956), Richard Nixon (1968, 1972), and Ronald Reagan (1980, 1984). Nixon and Reagan were from California.

Presidential election results
Los Angeles County vote
by party in presidential elections
[23]
Year GOP DEM Others
2020 26.86% 1,145,530 71.03% 3,028,885 2.11% 89,950
2016 22.41% 769,743 71.76% 2,464,364 5.83% 200,201
2012 27.83% 885,333 69.69% 2,216,903 2.48% 78,831
2008 28.82% 956,425 69.19% 2,295,853 1.99% 65,970
2004 35.60% 1,076,225 63.10% 1,907,736 1.30% 39,319
2000 32.35% 871,930 63.47% 1,710,505 4.19% 112,719
1996 30.96% 746,544 59.34% 1,430,629 9.70% 233,841
1992 29.04% 799,607 52.54% 1,446,529 18.43% 507,267
1988 46.88% 1,239,716 51.89% 1,372,352 1.23% 32,603
1984 54.50% 1,424,113 44.35% 1,158,912 1.14% 29,889
1980 50.18% 1,224,533 40.15% 979,830 9.67% 235,822
1976 47.78% 1,174,926 49.69% 1,221,893 2.53% 62,258
1972 54.75% 1,549,717 42.04% 1,189,977 3.20% 90,676
1968 47.65% 1,266,480 46.02% 1,223,251 6.33% 168,251
1964 42.52% 1,161,067 57.43% 1,568,300 0.06% 1,551
1960 49.45% 1,302,661 50.25% 1,323,818 0.30% 8,020
1956 55.38% 1,260,206 44.29% 1,007,887 0.32% 7,331
1952 56.21% 1,278,407 42.71% 971,408 1.09% 24,725
1948 46.51% 804,232 47.00% 812,690 6.48% 112,160
1944 42.68% 666,441 56.75% 886,252 0.57% 8,871
1940 40.58% 574,266 58.13% 822,718 1.29% 18,285
1936 31.62% 357,401 67.00% 757,351 1.39% 15,663
1932 38.55% 373,738 57.19% 554,476 4.27% 41,380
1928 70.22% 513,526 28.71% 209,945 1.07% 7,830
1924 65.51% 299,675 7.33% 33,554 27.16% 124,228
1920 69.10% 178,117 21.59% 55,661 9.31% 23,992
1916 50.59% 135,554 42.58% 114,070 6.83% 18,297
1912 1.32% 2,181 33.34% 55,110 65.34% 108,005
1908 56.77% 41,483 30.21% 22,076 13.02% 9,518
1904 66.50% 32,507 20.52% 10,030 12.98% 6,346
1900 55.10% 19,200 37.76% 13,158 7.15% 2,490
1896 49.62% 16,891 47.13% 16,043 3.25% 1,108
1892 44.89% 10,226 35.64% 8,119 19.47% 4,434

Voter registration change

Population and registered voters
Total population (2020) 10,014,009
  Registered voters[24][note 1] 5,635,972 56.3%
    Democratic[24] 2,993,744 53.1%
    Republican[24] 965,584 17.1%
    Democratic–Republican spread[24] +2,028,160 +36.0%
    American Independent[24] 151,114 2.7%
    Green[24] 22,255 0.4%
    Libertarian[24] 42,905 0.8%
    Peace and Freedom[24] 34,631 0.6%
    Unknown[24] 44,779 0.8%
    Other[24] 38,880 0.7%
    No party preference[24] 1,342,080 23.8%


In the United States House of Representatives, Los Angeles County is split between 17 congressional districts.[25] In the California State Senate, Los Angeles County is split between 13 legislative districts.[26] In the California State Assembly, Los Angeles County is split between 24 legislative districts.[27]

Crime change

The following table includes the number of incidents reported and the rate per 1,000 persons for each type of offense.

Cities by population and crime rates change

Other statistics change

Crime in 2008 (reported by the sheriff's office or police)[31]

  • Assaults: 5452
  • Auto thefts: 7727
  • Burglaries: 5254
  • Murders: 568 (5.7 per 100,000)
  • Rapes: 582
  • Robberies: 2210
  • Thefts: 9682

Crime in 2013

  • Homicides: 386[32]
  • Thefts: 54,971 [33]
  • Burglaries: 17,606
  • Car Thefts: 15,866[33]
  • Robberies: 10,202
  • Violent Crimes: 20,318[33]
  • Rapes: 843
  • Assaults: 8,976[33]
  • Murders: 297

Economy change

 
Employment by industry in Los Angeles County (2015)

The entertainment and digital media industry are related to Los Angeles County. All five major movie companies Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros., Universal Pictures, and Walt Disney Studios are in the county.

368,500 people work in high-tech in Los Angeles County.[34] 365,000 people work in manufacturing in Los Angeles County.[35]

These big companies have headquarters in Los Angeles County:

Education change

Colleges change

Universities change

Transportation change

Major highways change

Communities change

Cities change

There are 88 incorporated cities in Los Angeles County. The 2020 Census says the biggest are:[37]

Largest cities, 2020 Census
City Population
Los Angeles
3,898,747
Long Beach
466,742
Santa Clarita
228,673
Glendale
196,543
Lancaster
173,516
Palmdale
169,450
Pomona
151,713
Torrance
147,067
Pasadena
138,699
Downey
114,355
West Covina
109,501
El Monte
109,450
Inglewood
107,762
Burbank
107,337
Norwalk
102,773

Notes change

  1. Percentage of registered voters with respect to total population. Percentages of party members with respect to registered voters follow.
  2. Only larceny-theft cases involving property over $400 in value are reported as property crimes.

References change

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