Los Angeles, CA
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Los Angeles is an enormous coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 3,971,883 people and 1061 constituent neighborhoods, Los Angeles is the largest community in California.

Housing costs in Los Angeles are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in California.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Los Angeles is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Los Angeles is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Los Angeles who work in office and administrative support (12.26%), sales jobs (10.75%), and management occupations (8.98%).

Of important note, Los Angeles is also a city of artists. Los Angeles has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Los Angeles’s character.

Los Angeles is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

One downside of living in Los Angeles, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.16 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

Los Angeles is a big city, and with that comes lots of benefits. One benefit is that most big cities have public transit, but Los Angeles really shines when it comes to the extensiveness and use of its public transit system. More than most large American cities, Los Angeles citizens use public transit daily to get to and from work. And while there are transportation options, most people in Los Angeles ride the bus. Whereas in some cities one is destined to sit in traffic every morning to get to work and every evening to get home, in Los Angeles a lot leave their cars at home (if they even choose to own one), and hop a ride on the bus.

The overall education level of Los Angeles citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 31.97% of adults in Los Angeles have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.

The per capita income in Los Angeles in 2010 was $28,761, which is middle income relative to California, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $115,044 for a family of four. However, Los Angeles contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Los Angeles is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Los Angeles home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Los Angeles, accounting for 48.67% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Los Angeles residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Los Angeles include Irish, English, Italian, and Russian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Los Angeles's cultural character, accounting for 38.20% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in Los Angeles is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Korean.