The Info List - Greater Los Angeles Area

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Los Angeles *

Long Beach *


Coordinates: 35°03′25″N 118°15′00″W / 35.0569°N 118.2500°W / 35.0569; -118.2500 Coordinates : 35°03′25″N 118°15′00″W / 35.0569°N 118.2500°W / 35.0569; -118.2500

COUNTRY United States of America

STATE California



* Long Beach * Anaheim * Riverside * Santa Ana * Irvine * San Bernardino * Glendale * Oxnard * Ontario


• METRO 33,954 sq mi (87,490 km2)

HIGHEST ELEVATION 11,499 ft (3,505 m)




• DENSITY 550.1/sq mi (212.4/km2)

Ranked 2nd in the US



AREA CODE(S) 213 , 323 310 , 424 , 442 , 562 , 626 , 657 , 661 , 714 , 760 , 805 , 818 , 909 , 949 , 951

The GREATER LOS ANGELES AREA is the second-largest urban region in the United States , encompassing five counties in southern California , extending from Ventura County in the west to San Bernardino County and Riverside County on the east, with Los Angeles County in the center and Orange County to the southeast.

Throughout the 20th century, it was one of the fastest-growing regions in the United States, although growth has slowed since 2000. As of the 2010 U.S. Census , the Los Angeles Metropolitan Statistical Area had a population of nearly 13 million residents. Meanwhile, the larger metropolitan region's population at the 2010 census was estimated to be over 17.8 million residents, and a 2015 estimate reported a population of about 18.7 million. Either definition makes it the second largest metropolitan region in the country, behind the New York metropolitan area , as well as one of the largest urban agglomerations in the world.

The agglomeration of the urbanized Greater Los Angeles area surrounds the urban core of Los Angeles County. The regional term is defined to refer to the more-or-less continuously urbanized area stretching from Ventura County to the southern border of Orange County and from the Pacific Ocean to the Coachella Valley in the Inland Empire.

The US Census Bureau defines the Greater Los Angeles area to include the entire Los Angeles County , Ventura County , Orange County and the two counties of the Inland Empire , making up the LOS ANGELES-LONG BEACH, CA COMBINED STATISTICAL AREA . However, this Census definition includes large, sparsely populated and primarily desert swaths of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties that are not part of the urbanized region. The term "Greater Los Angeles" does not include San Diego County , whose urbanized area is separated from San Clemente , the southernmost contiguous urbanized area south of Los Angeles, by a 16.4-mile (26.4 km) stretch of the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton .

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Los Angeles metropolitan area has a total area of 4,850 square miles (12,561 km2), while the wider combined statistical area covers 33,954 square miles (87,940 km2), making it the largest metropolitan region in the United States by land area. However, more than half of this area lies in the sparsely populated eastern areas of Riverside and San Bernardino counties. In addition to being the nexus of the world's largest entertainment industry, Greater Los Angeles is also a global center of business, international trade, education, media, fashion, tourism, science and technology, sports, and transportation.


* 1 Geography

* 1.1 Urban form * 1.2 Identity

* 1.3 Boundaries

* 1.3.1 Los Angeles * 1.3.2 Los Angeles County * 1.3.3 Orange County * 1.3.4 Ventura County * 1.3.5 Inland Empire * 1.3.6 Areas included by Census Bureau

* 2 Census statistics

* 2.1 Combined Statistical Area

* 2.2 Metropolitan Statistical Areas

* 2.2.1 Los Angeles–Long Beach–Anaheim MSA * 2.2.2 Riverside–San Bernardino–Ontario MSA * 2.2.3 Oxnard–Thousand Oaks–Ventura MSA

* 2.3 Demographics

* 3 Regions of the Greater Los Angeles Area * 4 Politics

* 5 Economy

* 5.1 Entertainment * 5.2 BEA economic area * 5.3 Major business districts * 5.4 Transportation

* 6 Sports * 7 See also * 8 References


The Los Angeles Basin , viewed south from Mulholland Drive . From left to right can be seen the Santa Ana Mountains / Saddleback (horizon), downtown L.A. , the Hollywood Bowl (foreground), Mid-Wilshire , Long Beach – Palos Verdes (background), Catalina Island (horizon), the Southbay and Pacific Ocean.


Skyscrapers in Downtown Los Angeles

Los Angeles has a long-standing reputation for sprawl . The area is in fact sprawling, but according to the 2000 census, the "Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim" Urbanized Area (but not counting the portions of the Inland Empire in the Greater Los Angeles Area) had a population density of 7,068 inhabitants per square mile (2,729/km2), covering 1,668 square miles (4,320 km2) of land area, making it the most densely populated Urbanized Area (as defined by the United States Census Bureau ) in the United States. For comparison, the "New York–Newark" Urbanized Area as a whole had a population density of 5,309 per square mile (2,050/km2), covering 3,353 square miles (8,684 km2) of land area.

Los Angeles' sprawl may originate in the region's decentralized structure. Its major commercial, financial, and cultural institutions are geographically dispersed rather than being concentrated in a single downtown or central area. Also, the population density of Los Angeles proper is low (approximately 8,100 people per square mile) when compared to some other large American cities such as New York (27,500), San Francisco (17,000), Boston (13,300), and Chicago (11,800). This is misleading though, since unlike other cities the boundary of Los Angeles incorporates mountain areas with almost no people. When the actually built up area is considered (and undeveloped mountain lands are excluded), urban Los Angeles has density in excess of 10,000 people per square mile. Densities are particularly high within a 5-mile radius of downtown, where some neighborhoods exceed 20,000 people per square mile. Also, what gives the entire Los Angeles metro region a high density is the fact that many of the city's suburbs and satellites cities have high density rates. Within its urbanized areas, Los Angeles is noted for having small lot sizes and low-rise buildings. Buildings in the area are low when compared to other large cities, mainly due to zoning regulations. Los Angeles became a major city just as the Pacific Electric Railway spread population to smaller cities much as interurbans did in East Coast cities. In the first decades of the twentieth century, the area was marked by a network of fairly dense but separate cities linked by rail. The ascendance of the automobile helped fill in the gaps between these commuter towns with lower-density settlements. A flat land area in the Greater Los Angeles Area completely filled with houses, buildings, roads, and freeways

Starting in the early twentieth century, there was a large growth in population on the western edges of the city moving to the San Fernando Valley and out into the Conejo Valley in eastern Ventura County . Many working class whites migrated to this area during the 1960s and 1970s out of East and Central Los Angeles. As a result, there was a large growth in population into the Conejo Valley and into Ventura County through the US 101 corridor. Making the US 101 a full freeway in the 1960s and expansions that followed helped make commuting to Los Angeles easier and opened the way for development westward. Development in Ventura County and along the US 101 corridor remains controversial, with open-space advocates battling those who feel business development is necessary to economic growth. Although the area still has abundant amount of open space and land, almost all of it was put aside and mandated never to be developed as part of the master plan of each city. Because of this, the area which was once a relatively inexpensive area to buy real estate, saw rising real estate prices well into the 2000s (decade). Median home prices in the Conejo Valley for instance, now range from $700,000 to $2.2 million. According to Forbes , "it's nearly impossible" to find reasonably priced real estate in California, and the prices will continue to increase.

The Los Angeles area continues to grow, principally on the periphery where new, cheaper, undeveloped areas are being sought. As such, in these areas, populations as well as housing prices exploded, although the housing bubble popped late in the decade of the 2000s (decade). Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, which contain large swaths of desert, attracted most of the population increase between 2000 and 2006. Growth continues not only outside the existing urbanized area but also adjacent to existing development in the central areas. As in virtually all US core cities, there is now vigorous residential development in the downtown area with both new buildings and renovation of former office buildings. The _ Los Angeles Downtown News_ keeps a list of ongoing development projects, updated every quarter. Downtown Los Angeles

Changes in house prices for the area are publicly tracked on a regular basis using the Case–Shiller index ; the statistic is published by Standard & Poor\'s and is also a component of S"> Los Angeles Basin at dawn

Los Angeles

Main article: Los Angeles

With a population of 3.8 million people as of the 2010 Census, Los Angeles is the second most populous city in the United States after New York City, and is the focal point of the Greater Los Angeles Area. As an international center for finance, entertainment, media, culture, education, tourism, and science, Los Angeles is considered one of the world's most powerful and influential global cities .

As with some municipalities and areas in the metropolitan region, areas in Los Angeles proper can be defined as being bounded by natural features such as mountains or the ocean; others are marked by city boundaries, freeways , or other constructed landmarks. For example, Downtown Los Angeles is the area of Los Angeles roughly enclosed by three freeways and one river: the Harbor Freeway (SR 110 ) to the west, the Santa Ana Freeway (US 101 ) to the north, the Los Angeles River to the east, and the Santa Monica Freeway (I-10 ) to the south. Meanwhile, the San Fernando Valley ("The Valley") is defined as the basin consisting of the part of Los Angeles and its suburbs that lie north-northwest of downtown and is ringed by mountains. Other areas of the city of Los Angeles include South Los Angeles (formerly known officially as South Central L.A.), the Westside , Harbor Area , East Los Angeles , Greater Hollywood , and Wilshire .

Los Angeles County

Main article: Los Angeles County, California

Los Angeles County, of which Los Angeles is the county seat, is the most populous county in the United States and is home to over a quarter of all California residents. The large size of the city of Los Angeles, as well as its history of annexing smaller towns, has made city boundaries in the central area of Los Angeles County quite complicated. Many cities are completely surrounded by the city of Los Angeles and are often included in the city's areas despite being independent municipalities. For example, Santa Monica and Beverly Hills (which is completely surrounded by Los Angeles) are considered part of the Westside, while Hawthorne and Inglewood are considered associated with South L.A. Adjacent areas that are outside the actual city boundaries of incorporated Los Angeles but border the city itself, include the Santa Clarita Valley , the San Gabriel Valley , South Bay , and the Gateway Cities .

Despite the large footprint of the city of Los Angeles, a majority of the land area within Los Angeles County is unincorporated and under the primary jurisdiction of Los Angeles County. Much of this land, however, cannot be easily developed due to planning challenges presented by geographic features such as the Santa Monica Mountains , the San Gabriel Mountains range , and the Mojave Desert . Actual land development in these regions occurs on the fringes of incorporated cities, some of which have been fully developed, such as the suburbs of Palmdale and Lancaster .

Orange County

Main article: Orange County, California

Orange County, together with Los Angeles County, is part of the Los Angeles metropolitan area , the inner core of the Greater Los Angeles region. The county is mostly suburban, with no defined urban center. Originally a primarily agricultural area dependent on citrus crops, avocados, and oil extraction, Orange County became a bedroom community for Los Angeles upon the completion of numerous freeways linking it to the city, most notably Interstate 5 . The growth of Los Angeles initially fueled population growth in Orange County, but the establishment of the tourism industry allowed it to become an important economic center as well. Today, Orange County is known for its tourist attractions, such as Disneyland , Knott\'s Berry Farm , and its several pristine beaches and coastline. Some larger cities in the county, such as Anaheim and Irvine , have evolved to become centers of business and cultural attractions.

Orange County is sometimes figuratively divided into "North County" and "South County" by California State Route 55 (Costa Mesa Freeway). While North County, which includes cities such as Anaheim, Fullerton , and Santa Ana , is the older, more diverse and urbanized area closer to Los Angeles, South County, which includes cities such as Laguna Beach , Mission Viejo , Newport Beach , and San Clemente , is more affluent, mostly white demographically, and consists of the more recently developed areas to the south and east. An exception to general South County traits is Irvine, which is more diverse than its surrounding cities and is a major center of employment.

Ventura County

Main article: Ventura County, California

Ventura County is mostly suburban and rural and also has developed primarily through the growth of Los Angeles. The northern part of the county, however, remains largely undeveloped and is mostly within the Los Padres National Forest . Central and southern Ventura County formerly consisted of small towns along the Pacific Coast until the expansion of U.S. Route 101 drew in commuters from the San Fernando Valley. Master-planned cities soon began developing, and the county became increasingly urbanized.

Inland Empire

Main article: Inland Empire (California)

The Inland Empire, consisting of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties, contains fast-growing suburbs of the region, with a large to majority percentage of the working population commuting to either Los Angeles or Orange Counties for work. Originally an important center for citrus production , the region became an important industrial area by the early 20th century. The Inland Empire also became a key transportation center following the completion of Route 66 , and later Interstate 10 . With the post-World War II economic boom leading to rapid development in Los Angeles and Orange Counties, land developers bulldozed acres of agricultural land to build suburbs in order to accommodate the Los Angeles area's expanding population. The development of a regional freeway system facilitated the expansion of suburbs and human migration linking the Inland Empire and rest of Greater Los Angeles. Despite being primarily suburban, the Inland Empire is also home to important warehousing, shipping, logistics and retail industries, centered on the subregion's major cities of Riverside , San Bernardino and Ontario .

While the Inland Empire is sometimes defined as the entirety of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties, the eastern undeveloped, desert portions of these counties are not considered to be part of Greater Los Angeles. The state of California defines this area to include the cities of Adelanto , Apple Valley , and Victorville to the north, the Riverside– San Diego county line to the south, and the towns of Anza , Idyllwild , and Lucerne Valley , along with the San Bernardino National Forest to the east. However, with clear Northern and Southern limits to expansion, the region's urban eastern boundaries have become increasingly nebulous as suburban sprawl continues to spread out to form a unified whole with Los Angeles, with further development encroaching past the San Bernardino and San Jacinto Mountains and into the outlying desert areas. As a result, the regional definition of Greater Los Angeles can now be extended to include Barstow and surrounding towns in the northeast, the Morongo Basin in the east-central including Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms , and the Coachella Valley cities in the southeast. This interconnectivity, provided by one of the most extensive freeway systems in the world, as well as economic, social and media ties has blended boundaries between these regions and the urbanized Los Angeles and Inland Empire areas.

Areas Included By Census Bureau

While the above areas are included in the regional definition of Greater Los Angeles, the U.S. Census Bureau defines Greater Los Angeles, or officially, the Los Angeles-Long Beach Combined Statistical Area, to include both the above-mentioned areas along with the entirety of San Bernardino and Riverside counties. These areas are sparsely developed and are part of the Mojave and Colorado Deserts . To the north, Interstate 15 crosses desolate desert landscape after passing Barstow, linking Greater Los Angeles with Las Vegas , with Baker being the only significant outpost along the route. To the east, lie the Mojave National Preserve and Joshua Tree National Park along with the towns of Needles and Blythe on the California-Arizona border.


Map showing CSA , MSAs , and UAs


The Los Angeles-Long Beach Combined Statistical Area consists of the entirety of the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, San Bernardino, and Riverside, including the sparsely developed eastern portions of the latter two that are not included in the regional definition of Greater Los Angeles. As of the 2010 United States Census, it is home to nearly half of all California residents.


Further information: List of Metropolitan Statistical Areas

The Los Angeles metropolitan area comprises Los Angeles County (2010 population: 9,862,049) and Orange County (2010 population: 3,010,759). It is officially designated by the US Census Bureau as the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area. The total population for the Los Angeles metropolitan area at the 2010 Census was 12,872,808.

In addition to the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area, the following Metropolitan Statistical Areas are also included in the Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA Combined Statistical Area: Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area (2010 population: 797,740), within Ventura County , and the Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area (2010 population: 4,115,871), made up of Riverside County (2010 population: 2,100,516) and San Bernardino County (2010 population: 2,015,355).

Los Angeles–Long Beach–Anaheim MSA

View of Downtown Los Angeles, the central business district of the region

List of cities with populations of over 60,000 as of the 2010 U.S. Census:

* Los Angeles (3,792,621) * Long Beach (462,257) * Anaheim (336,265) * Santa Ana (324,528) * Irvine (258,386) * Glendale (191,719) * Huntington Beach (189,992) * Santa Clarita (176,320) * Garden Grove (170,883) * Lancaster (156,633) * Palmdale (152,750) * Pomona (149,058) * Torrance (145,438) * Pasadena (137,122) * Orange (136,416) * Fullerton (135,161) * El Monte (113,475) * Downey (111,772) * Costa Mesa (109,960) * Inglewood (109,673) * West Covina (106,098) * Norwalk (105,549) * Burbank (103,340) * Compton (96,455) * South Gate (94,396) * Mission Viejo (93,305) * Carson (91,714) * Santa Monica (89,736) * Westminster (89,701) * Whittier (85,331) * Newport Beach (85,186) * Hawthorne (84,293) * Alhambra (83,089) * Buena Park (80,530) * Lakewood (80,048) * Lake Forest (77,264) * Bellflower (76,616) * Tustin (75,540) * Baldwin Park (75,390) * Lynwood (69,772) * Redondo Beach (66,748) * Yorba Linda (64,234) * San Clemente (63,522) * Pico Rivera (62,942) * Montebello (62,500) * Monterey Park (60,269)

Riverside–San Bernardino–Ontario MSA

View of the San Bernardino Valley

List of cities with populations of over 60,000 as of the 2010 U.S. Census:

* Riverside (313,673) * San Bernardino (213,708) * Fontana (201,812) * Moreno Valley (193,365) * Rancho Cucamonga (165,269) * Ontario (163,924) * Corona (152,374) * Victorville (115,903) * Murrieta (103,466) * Temecula (100,097) * Rialto (99,171) * Hesperia (90,173) * Menifee (83,447) * Hemet (78,657) * Chino (77,983) * Indio (76,036) * Chino Hills (74,799) * Upland (73,732) * Apple Valley (69,135) * Redlands (68,747)

Oxnard–Thousand Oaks–Ventura MSA

View of the Ventura MSA coast

* Oxnard (199,943) * Thousand Oaks (127,984) * Simi Valley (125,814) * Ventura (108,787) * Camarillo (65,895) * Moorpark (34,779) * Santa Paula (29,321) * Port Hueneme (21,723) * Fillmore (15,002) * Carpinteria (13,040) * Ojai (7,461)




1900 250,187

1910 648,316


1920 1,150,252


1930 2,597,066


1940 3,252,720


1950 4,934,246


1960 7,751,616


1970 9,972,037


1980 11,497,486


1990 14,531,529


2000 16,373,645


2010 17,877,006


EST. 2015 18,679,763


historical data source:

According to the 2010 census, there were 17,877,006 people residing in the Greater Los Angeles Area. The racial makeup of the area was 54.9% White (39.0% White Non-Hispanic), 12.3% Asian , 0.3% Pacific Islander , 7.0% African American , 0.8% Native American , 20.2% from other races , and 4.5% from two or more races. 44.9% of the population (8.0 million) were Hispanic of any race, including 35.7% of the population (6.4 million) which was of Mexican origin. 31.0% of the population (5.5 million) was foreign born; 18.3% (3.3 million) came from Latin America and 9.8% (1.7 million) from Asia.

The explosive growth of the region in the 20th century can be attributed to its favorable Mediterranean climate , the availability of land and many booming industries such as oil , automobile and rubber, motion pictures and aerospace which in turn attracted millions of people from all over the United States and world. Citrus production was important to the region's development in the earlier part of the 20th century.

While the New York metropolitan area is presently the most populous metropolitan area in the United States, it has been predicted in the past that Greater Los Angeles will eventually surpass Greater New York in population. Whether this will happen is yet to be seen, but past predictions on this event have been off the mark. A 1966 article in _Time _ predicted Greater Los Angeles would surpass New York by 1975, and that by 1990, would reach close to the 19 million mark. But the article's flawed definition of Greater Los Angeles included San Diego , which is actually its own metropolitan area . A 1989 article in _The New York Times _ predicted Greater Los Angeles would surpass Greater New York by 2010, but the article predicted the population would be 18.3 million in that year, a number Greater New York has already surpassed as of 2007 by half a million people. As of 2009, the New York metropolitan area had a population of 22.2 million compared to the Greater Los Angeles Area's 18.7 million, about a 3.56 million persons difference. Percentage growth, however, has been higher in Greater Los Angeles over the past few decades than in Greater New York.


California poppies in Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

While there is not official designation for the regions that comprise Greater Los Angeles, one authority, the _ Los Angeles Times_, divides the area into the following regions:

* Angeles Forest * Antelope Valley * Central L.A. ( Downtown Los Angeles , Hollywood , etc.) * Eastside * Harbor (see Gateway Cities ) * Northeast L.A. (Highland Park , Eagle Rock , etc.) * Northwest County (including the Santa Clarita Valley ) * Pomona Valley * San Fernando Valley * San Gabriel Valley * Santa Monica Mountains (Malibu , Topanga , etc.) * South Bay * South Los Angeles * Southeast Los Angeles County (including Norwalk and Whittier , see Gateway Cities ) * The Verdugos (including Glendale , Pasadena and the Crescenta Valley ) * Westside

Regions in adjacent counties include:

* Orange County * Inland Empire * Conejo Valley * Oxnard Plain * High Desert (includes Antelope Valley , Victor Valley and Morongo Basin ) * Low Desert ( Coachella Valley )



2012 37.4% _2,196,108_ 60.2% _3,534,444_ 2.4% _143,577_

2008 37.3% _2,099,609_ 60.8% _3,425,319_ 1.9% _107,147_

2004 45.3% _2,490,150_ 53.4% _2,932,429_ 1.3% _69,649_

2000 41.3% _2,003,114_ 54.6% _2,652,907_ 4.1% _198,750_

1996 38.3% _1,661,209_ 51.3% _2,220,837_ 10.4% _449,706_

1992 33.8% _1,657,151_ 45.0% _2,202,345_ 21.2% _1,038,448_

1988 53.8% _2,408,696_ 45.0% _2,014,670_ 1.2% _54,441_

1984 60.6% _2,614,904_ 38.3% _1,650,231_ 1.1% _48,225_

1980 55.5% _2,187,859_ 35.0% _1,381,285_ 9.5% _374,993_

1976 50.8% _1,877,267_ 46.7% _1,728,532_ 2.5% _93,554_

1972 57.7% _2,346,127_ 38.7% _1,573,708_ 3.6% _146,653_

1968 50.3% _1,836,478_ 43.0% _1,570,478_ 7.3% _247,280_

1964 44.0% _1,578,837_ 55.9% _2,006,184_ 0.1% _2,488_

1960 50.8% _1,677,962_ 48.9% _1,612,924_ 0.3% _10,524_

Greater Los Angeles is a politically divided metropolitan area. During the 1970s and 1980s the region leaned toward the Republican Party . Los Angeles County , the most populous of the region, is a Democratic stronghold, although it voted twice for both Richard Nixon (1968 and 1972) and Ronald Reagan (1980 and 1984). Riverside County , San Bernardino County , and Orange County lean toward the Republican Party. Ventura County is politically divided.


The Greater Los Angeles Area has the third largest metropolitan economy in the world, behind Greater Tokyo Area and New York Metropolitan Area . A 2010 Greyhill Advisors study indicated that the Los Angeles metropolitan area had a gross metropolitan product of $736 billion. Greater Los Angeles (including the Inland Empire and Ventura County ) had a $770.6 billion economy.

Greater Los Angeles Area is the home of the US national headquarters of almost all Asian major car manufacturers except Nissan , Toyota , and Subaru ( Nissan moved to Tennessee ; Toyota moved to Texas ; Subaru first located in Philadelphia but moved to New Jersey ); Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Suzuki, Hyundai and Kia have set up their national headquarters here.


Promoted as the "Entertainment Capital of the World ", Greater Los Angeles is one of the world's largest tourist destinations. Major attractions include:

BEACHES Laguna Beach coastline is popular for sunbathers

* Venice Beach * Santa Monica State Beach * Malibu * Manhattan Beach * Hermosa Beach * Redondo Beach * Belmont Shore , Long Beach * Alamitos Beach , Long Beach * Huntington State Beach * Sunset Beach , Huntington Beach * Laguna Beach * Capistrano Beach , Dana Point * Bolsa Chica State Beach * Newport Beach * San Clemente State Beach * San Buenaventura State Beach * Channel Islands Beach

SHOPPING Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills

* Irvine Spectrum Center * Beverly Center * Claremont Village * Cerritos Towne Center * Del Amo Mall * Downtown Disney * Fashion Island * Glendale Galleria * The Grove at Farmer\'s Market * Hollywood and Highland Center * Los Cerritos Center * The Oaks * Montclair Plaza * Ontario Mills * Pacific View Mall * The Outlets at Orange * Rodeo Drive * Santa Monica Place / Third Street Promenade * Sherman Oaks Galleria * South Bay Galleria * South Coast Plaza * The Promenade at Howard Hughes Center * Universal CityWalk * Valencia Town Center * Victoria Gardens * Westfield Century City * Westfield MainPlace * Westfield Santa Anita * Westfield Topanga * Westside Pavilion * Anaheim GardenWalk

MOTION PICTURE STUDIOS Warner Brothers Studios in the San Fernando Valley

* Los Angeles Center Studios * ABC Television Center * CBS Television City * CBS Studio Center * Charlie Chaplin Studios * Paramount Studios * NBC Studios (Burbank) * Walt Disney Studios * DreamWorks Animation * Universal Studios * Hollywood Center Studios * 20th Century Fox * Ren-Mar Studios * Sunset Gower Studios * Sunset Bronson Studios * Sony Pictures Entertainment * Fox Television Center * Nickelodeon Animation Studios * Warner Brothers Studios


* L.A. Live * Sunset Strip * Hollywood * West Hollywood * Third Street Promenade , Santa Monica * Downtown Long Beach * Downtown Disney , Anaheim * Westwood Village

AMUSEMENT "> Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Park

* Disneyland * Disney California Adventure Park * Knott\'s Berry Farm * Pacific Park * Six Flags Magic Mountain * Universal Studios Hollywood


* Raging Waters * Knott\'s Soak City USA * Six Flags Hurricane Harbor * Dry Town Water Park


* Los Angeles Zoo * Santa Ana Zoo * Orange County Zoo * Shambala Preserve


* Aquarium of the Pacific * Santa Monica Pier Aquarium * Cabrillo Marine Aquarium


_See List of museums in California _


* Hollywood Bowl * La Brea Tar Pits * Pantages Theater * _Queen Mary _ * Walt Disney Concert Hall * Watts Towers * Hollywood * Claremont Colleges


The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) defines an even larger region known as an "economic area" (EA), which delineates the relevant regional market surrounding a metropolitan area. "BEA's economic areas define the relevant regional markets surrounding metropolitan or micropolitan statistical areas. They consist of one or more economic nodes – metropolitan or micropolitan statistical areas that serve as regional centers of economic activity – and the surrounding counties that are economically related to the nodes." The Los Angeles economic area consists of the Los Angeles–Long Beach Combined Statistical Area and includes the California counties of Imperial, Kern, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura, as well as La Paz County and Yuma County in Arizona.


Greater Los Angeles supports large business districts throughout its urban area. The central business district is located at Downtown Los Angeles . Within the Los Angeles city limits are multiple districts, and other than Bunker Hill , these are Century City and businesses lining Wilshire Boulevard . Other major districts nearby Los Angeles include Downtown Long Beach , downtown Glendale, and downtown Burbank . In the southern reaches of Greater Los Angeles, major business districts include Newport Center , South Coast Metro , and the developing business district in Irvine . To the east major business districts include the respective centers of Downtown Riverside and Downtown San Bernardino .


Greater Los Angeles is known for its expansive transportation network. Most notable is its extensive highway system. The area is a junction for numerous interstates coming from the north, east, and south and contains the three principal north-south highways in California: Interstate 5 , U.S. Route 101 , and California State Route 1 . The area is also home to several ports, including the twin ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles , which are the two busiest in the United States, as well as Port of Hueneme . Additionally, the region is also served by the Metrorail and Metrolink commuter rail systems that link neighborhoods of Los Angeles with immediate surrounding suburbs and most of the region (excluding the outer region of the Inland Empire) with Oceanside in San Diego County, respectively. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is the principal international airport of the region and is among one of the busiest in the world. Other airports include LA/Ontario International Airport (ONT), John Wayne Airport (SNA), Bob Hope Airport (BUR), Long Beach Municipal Airport (LGB), and Palm Springs International Airport (PSP).


Further information: History of the National Football League in Los Angeles


Los Angeles Chargers American football National Football League StubHub Center

Los Angeles Rams American football National Football League Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

Los Angeles Dodgers Baseball Major League Baseball Dodger Stadium

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Baseball Major League Baseball Angel Stadium of Anaheim

Los Angeles Lakers Basketball National Basketball Association Staples Center

Los Angeles Clippers Basketball National Basketball Association Staples Center

Los Angeles Kings Ice hockey National Hockey League Staples Center

Anaheim Ducks Ice hockey National Hockey League Honda Center

Los Angeles Galaxy Soccer Major League Soccer StubHub Center

Los Angeles Football Club (2018) Soccer Major League Soccer Banc of California Stadium

NCAA Division I College Sports

* Cal State Fullerton Titans * Cal State Northridge Matadors * Long Beach State 49ers * Loyola Marymount Lions * Pepperdine Waves * UC Irvine Anteaters * UC Riverside Highlanders * UCLA Bruins (FBS ) * USC Trojans (FBS )

The Greater Los Angeles area also has three well-known horse racing facilities: Santa Anita Park , Los Alamitos Race Course and the former Hollywood Park Racetrack and three major motorsport venues: Auto Club Speedway , Long Beach street circuit , and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona . In addition, the city of Los Angeles hosted the Summer Olympics in 1932 and 1984 .

For over twenty years the Los Angeles area media market lacked a National Football League team. After the 1994 season, the Los Angeles Rams moved to St. Louis, Missouri , and the Los Angeles Raiders returned to their original home of Oakland, California , due to the lack of an up-to-date NFL stadium. Since then there have been many plans to build a stadium to become home to an NFL team, including in the City of Industry and Downtown Los Angeles . In 2009, the city council of the City of Industry approved the construction of a stadium and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill with an environmental exemption to support a stadium in that city. In 2011, the Los Angeles City Council approved plans to build Farmers Field in Downtown Los Angeles. After the 2015 NFL season , the Oakland Raiders , St. Louis Rams , and San Diego Chargers all submitted plans to relocate back to Los Angeles. On January 12, 2016, the Rams were approved to move to Los Angeles and build the Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park with the Chargers or Raiders given the option to join them. On January 12, 2017, the Chargers announced their move to Los Angeles to join the Rams. The Rams temporarily play at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum while the Chargers temporarily play at StubHub Center . Both teams will share the new Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, California , once construction is completed.


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Population - 12,874,797


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Major city 3.8 million

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BASEBALL MLB Los Angeles Angels Los Angeles Dodgers CL Inland Empire 66ers Lake Elsinore Storm Lancaster JetHawks Rancho Cucamonga Quakes PL High Desert Yardbirds Hollywood Stars


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ICE HOCKEY NHL Anaheim Ducks Los Angeles Kings AHL Ontario Reign

SOCCER MLS LA Galaxy Los Angeles FC (beginning 2018)_ NASL Orange County _(beginning 2018)_ USL LA Galaxy II Orange County SC PDL FC Golden State Force Orange County SC U-23 Southern California Seahorses Ventura County Fusion NPSL City of Angels FC Deportivo Coras USA Orange County FC Oxnard Guerreros FC SoCal SC Sport Club Corinthians USA Temecula FC MASL Ontario Fury UWS Santa Clarita Blue Heat

ROLLER DERBY WFTDA Angel City Derby Girls Ventura County Derby Darlins West Coast Derby Knockouts RDCL Los Angeles Derby Dolls

RUGBY SCRFU Back Bay RFC Belmont Shore RFC Los Angeles RFC Santa Monica Rugby Club

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VENUES Current

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* Gilmore Field * Gilmore St