Los Angeles, California, City and Higher Education Facts

Los Angeles, California, is the nation's second-largest city, one of the world's most important shipping and media centers and the core of a metropolitan region of more than 17 million residents. L.A. residents have access to some of the nation's best institutions of higher learning, including USC, UCLA and the California Institute of Technology. Read about it here.

Information about Los Angeles

Los Angeles is the largest city in California and the longtime nexus of the worldwide entertainment, film and television industries. U.S. Census Bureau estimates put the city's population at more than 3.9 million residents in 2014, which was larger than many states. Los Angeles is among the world's most ethnically diverse cities, with Hispanics forming a distinct plurality at nearly 49% of the population, as of 2010, in addition to 11% of people identifying as Asian and nearly 10% identifying as African American. About 29% of the population identified as white.

Los Angeles is known as the capital of the American entertainment industry, and many of the attractions that make the city one of North America's most popular tourist destinations have arisen from the region's storied filmmaking and media industries. These include Hollywood and its Walk of Fame, nearby Anaheim's Disneyland, Universal Studios and the entertainment and filmmaking complexes of the neighboring city of Burbank. Other attractions include ethnic neighborhoods such as Chinatown and Little Tokyo, beach districts like Venice and Santa Monica and professional sports teams, such as the Los Angeles Dodgers of baseball and the NBA's Lakers.

Higher Education

Los Angeles is one of the United States' premier centers for higher education. Within the city limits are several top-ranked colleges and universities, including the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), and the University of Southern California (USC). Los Angeles is also home to the Los Angeles Trade Technical College and Pacific States University, among several other schools. In addition, the city of Los Angeles supports the Los Angeles Community College District, boasting nine campuses across the city, many of which are geared toward preparing students for entry into the University of California or California State University systems.

Economy and Employment

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of March 2016, the Los Angels area employed nearly 1.1 million people in trade, transportation, and utilities. About 980,000 people were employed in education and health services, while more than 895,000 people were employed in professional and business services.

The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach together form one of the world's largest shipping complexes. L.A.'s greater metropolitan area is home to a staggering number of corporate headquarters, including those of Twentieth Century Fox, Sunkist, the Walt Disney Company, and the Mattel toy company. L.A. is also home to a substantial number of top executives, entertainment personalities, musicians and film actors.

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