Los Angeles, officially the City of Los Angeles and more often known by its initials L.A is the most populous city within the United States’ state of California and is actually the 2nd most populous states in the entire United States following New York City (NYC) with a population of 3,792,621, according to the 2010 United States Census. Los Angeles has a land area of 469 square miles and is located in Southern California, otherwise known as SoCal.
Los Angeles, otherwise known as LA, is considered to be the focal point of the larger Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim metropolitan area and the Greater Los Angeles Area region.
The area contains 13 million and over 18 million people in Combined statistical area respectively as of the Census of 2010. Those population statistics makes it one of the most populous metropolitan areas in the entire world and also the 2nd largest in the entire United States.
Los Angeles is also the seat of Los Angeles County. Los Angeles County is the most populated and also one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the country. In fact, the entire Los Angeles area has been recognized as the most diverse of the United States’ largest cities. The city’s inhabitants are commonly referred to as “Angelenos”
Los Angeles was first founded on September 4, 1781 by Spanish governor Felipe de Neve and the area became a part of Mexico back in 1821 directly following the Mexican War of Independence.
Later, at the end of the Mexican/American War in the year of 1848, Los Angeles and the rest of California were purchased as part of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, officially becoming part of the United States nation.
On April 4th 1850 Los Angeles was incorporated as a municipality. Five months later California achieved statehood.
Los Angeles, nicknamed the City of Angels is a global city known widely for business, international trade, entertainment such as movies and television, media, fashion, sports, technology, medicine and research.
Los Angeles has been ranked sixth in the Global Cities Index and 9th Global Economic Power Index.
The Los Angeles combined statistical area, the CSA, has a gross metropolitan product of $831 billion, as of 2008 statistics which makes it the third-largest in the world. It is ranked behind the Greater Tokyo and New York metropolitan areas.
Los Angeles is the home to the world famous Hollywood which leads the world in the creation of television productions, video games, and recorded music