Facts About Los Angeles

The City of Los Angeles holds many distinctions. LA is the entertainment capital of the world, a cultural mecca boasting more than 300 museums, and a paradise of good weather. From tourist attractions like the Walk of Fame’s collection of stars (numbering 2,482, and growing by one or two a month) to career opportunities like those presented in the expanding biotech industry, Los Angeles is the place to be. It is the only city in North America to have hosted the Summer Olympics twice. Downtown LA is the largest government center outside of Washington, D.C. Los Angeles has the only remaining wooden lighthouse in the state (located in San Pedro’s Fermin Park) and the largest historical theater district on the National Register of Historic Places (located Downtown on Broadway).

Los Angeles is on the leading edge of several growth industries. LA County, with more than 87,000 jobs in the fashion industry, has surpassed New York’s fashion district workforce. The LA five-county area also has more than 700,000 people at work in health services/biomedical activities and 190,000 people in aerospace/technology. Here are some more facts and figures about Los Angeles: the city, the county and the region.


City of Los Angeles:                                     472 square miles
County of Los Angeles:                             4,084 square miles
Los Angeles Five-County Area:               34,135 square miles
(Los Angeles, Riverside, Ventura, Orange and San Bernardino counties)

There are 88 incorporated cities in Los Angeles County ranging from Vernon (population 112) to Los Angeles city (population 3.8 million).
Source: LACity.org, LACounty.org, California State Association of Counties – counties.org


Los Angeles spans a widely diverse geographic area. Primarily a desert basin, the area is surrounded by the San Gabriel Mountain range and divided by the Santa Monica Mountains. Los Angeles County has 75 miles of coastline and altitudes ranging from 9 feet below sea level at Wilmington to 10,080 feet above sea level atop Mt. San Antonio. Area Rivers include the Los Angeles, Rio Hondo, San Gabriel, and Santa Clara rivers.


Southern California’s climate has often been described as “perfect” and with good reason. Most days are sunny and warm, with gentle ocean breezes in the summer.  The humidity is low with little rain.  In fact, there are no unpleasant seasons in Los Angeles.

Annual precipitation:                    15 inches         Average high temperature:   75° F
Avg. sunny/partly sunny days:   292 days            Average low temperature:     57° F
Source: National Weather Service Forecast Office at noaa.gov


City of Los Angeles:                               3.8 Million
County of Los Angeles:                          9.8 Million
Los Angeles Six-County Area:              21.0 Million

(Los Angeles, Riverside, Ventura, Orange and San Bernardino and San Diego counties)
Source:  California Department of Finance, Demographic Research Visit 

If the Los Angeles six-county area were a state, it would surpass all states in total population size with the exception of California and Texas.  The County of Los Angeles alone would be the ninth most populated state, behind Michigan, with 9.9 million, and ahead of Georgia, with 9.8 million people.  Los Angeles ranks as the second largest city in the nation.


The diverse, multiethnic population of Los Angeles today distinguishes the city as the cultural hub of the Pacific Rim. In fact, Los Angeles is one of only two U.S. cities without a majority population.  People from 140 countries, speaking approximately 86 different languages, currently call Los Angeles home.

Hispanic or Latino (of any race):               48.5 percent
White, non-Hispanic:                                28.7 percent
Asian/Pacific Islander:                              11.4 percent
African-American:                                       9.6 percent
American Indian/Others:                             1.8 percent
Source: 2010.census.gov


Total Visitors to Los Angeles County                     40.3 million
Domestic Overnight Visitors                                     21 million
International Visitors                                                5.9 million
Day Visitors (traveled over 50 miles)                     13.4  million
Total Visitor-Related Spending                            $15.4  billion
Overnight Visitor Spending                                  $14.7  billion
Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Travel and Tourism Industries; TNS Global Travels America Survey; CIC Research


Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)                        61,862,052
Ontario International Airport                                            4,551,875
Bob Hope Airport (Burbank)                                            4,301,568
Long Beach Airport                                                         3,115,433
Source: Lawa.org, Burbankairport.com, Long Beach Airport - Lgb.org

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA)

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) is a unique system of three airports owned and operated by the City of Los Angeles. Each of the airports – Los Angeles International (LAX), LA/Ontario International (ONT) and Van Nuys (VNY) – plays an integral role in helping to meet the regional demand for passenger, cargo and general aviation service in the 21st century.

As the gateway to the West Coast and the #1 international gateway to Asia/Pacific, LAX offers direct flights from 88 domestic cities and 62 international destinations . LAX is the sixth busiest passenger airport in the world. Opened in 1984, the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX (TBIT) completed a major renovation program designed to make traveling through this international gateway safer, faster and more comfortable. The three-year project, which came in under budget at a cost of $737 million, was commemorated with a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 26, 2010.

LA/Ontario is a medium-hub, full-service airport with commercial jet service to major U.S. cities. ONT is located in the Inland Empire, approximately 38 miles east of Downtown Los Angeles in the center of Southern California. The airport is the centerpiece of one of the fastest-growing transportation regions in the United States.
Source: Lawa.org


Source: PortofLosAngeles.org



Los Angeles Union Station is the 5th busiest station in the national Amtrak System.
Source: Amtrak.com


The Los Angeles County coastline, stretching from Malibu to Long Beach, is 75 miles long.


Tourism and Hospitality ranks among the top industries in LA County including Commercial & Business Services; Medical & Health Services; Real Estate & Construction; Entertainment & Sports; and Transportation & Trade.

Tourism and Hospitality is Los Angeles County’s fastest growing industry adding more jobs than any other industry in 2011.

Furthermore, Tourism and Hospitality employs close to 372,000  people, representing nearly 1 out of every 10 jobs in Los Angeles County.
Source: LAEDC


Los Angeles has developed into one of the premier centers of economic and cultural activity in the world. If we compare the economy of the world’s top 20 countries; the LA five-county area ranks at No. 16 and Los Angeles County ranks at No. 21  in the world. The state of California ranks at No. 9 in the world economy ranking.


Motion Picture and Entertainment Industry in Los Angeles:
California is the leading supplier of entertainment to the world, and Los Angeles County produces the vast majority of the state’s entertainment output. The motion picture and entertainment industry in LA County generates approximately $48 billion annually in direct sales.
Source: LAEDC – 2011 Otis Report on the Creative Economy of the Los Angeles Region


Los Angeles is the No. 1 import/export port in the United States. The total value of two-way trade handled at the Los Angeles Customs District in 2011 is anticipated to be $387 billion.

The top trading commodities were computers, peripherals, machinery & appliances; electric machinery, sound & TV equipment; motor vehicles & parts; refined oil products and natural gas; and apparel and accessories.


Los Angeles is home to 113  accredited colleges and universities, including such prestigious institutions as the University of Southern California (USC), UCLA, Pepperdine University, Occidental College, Loyola Marymount University and the Art Center College of Design.
Source: LAEDC

About Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board

Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board is a private, nonprofit business association whose primary mission is to market and promote Los Angeles as the premier site for leisure travel, meetings and conventions. Though not part of City government, LA Tourism is recognized as the City’s official tourism marketing organization. For more information, visit the official visitor information website of Los Angeles at www.discoverLosAngeles.com, www.facebook.com/LosAngelesFan or go to Twitter @discoverLA.