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, Los Angeles isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Los Angeles are a mix 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 (12.40%), sales jobs (10.91%), and management occupations (8.79%).

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.

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.

One downside of living in Los Angeles, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 30.83 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, like many big cities in America, has a public transportation system, but the citizens of Los Angeles are lucky because theirs is one of the most extensive and widely used. Many commuters choose to leave their cars at home and instead use the bus to get to and from work. In fact, for some people it is feasible to forgo car ownership entirely, avoiding the cost and headache of driving in heavy traffic. The benefits include reduced air pollution and load on the road network.

The education level of Los Angeles citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 31.48% of adults in Los Angeles have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Los Angeles in 2010 was $28,320, 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 $113,280 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. The greatest number of Los Angeles residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Los Angeles also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 48.59% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Los Angeles include Irish, English, Italian, and Russian.

Los Angeles also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 38.55%.

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