Los Angeles, CA
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Living in Los Angeles


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 3,979,576 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 professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Los Angeles who work in office and administrative support (10.90%), sales jobs (10.25%), and management occupations (9.35%).

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.

Also of interest is that Los Angeles has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Los Angeles is one of the most attractive larger cities for people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. This makes it a good place to live for young singles in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting their professional careers. Although Los Angeles is a large city, this demographic is significant enough that young professionals will find many others like themselves here, with really good opportunities for friendships, recreation, romance, and more.

One of the nice things about Los Angeles is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

In Los Angeles, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 32.23 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

One of the benefits of being a big city like Los Angeles is having a public transportation system, but in Los Angeles the transit system is the mode of choice for lots of people getting to and from work every day. You will find many people using the bus for their daily commute, even though other transportation options exist. If you ask these commuters, many will tell you that not having to drive in the snarl of big city traffic is one of main reasons for leaving the car at home, or even not owning a car at all. With so many people taking the bus Los Angeles benefits from a reduction in air pollution and traffic.

The overall education level of Los Angeles citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 33.71% 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 2018 was $33,420, 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 $133,680 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 48.56% 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 German, Irish, English, Italian, and Russian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Los Angeles's cultural character, accounting for 37.27% of the city’s population.

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