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About the Los Angeles Almanac™

Los Angeles Almanac Map Displayed at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County Event

A Los Angeles Almanac map with wildlife sighting tags displayed at "L.A. Nature Fest" at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

Since 1998, the Los Angeles Almanac has been a unique online reference providing statistical and narrative information about the people, places and stories that make up the incredible tapestry that is Los Angeles County. We are not only the first comprehensive almanac of any kind for Los Angeles County*, but also the first and, as yet, only online almanac focusing exclusively on any major metropolitan area in the world.

We are referenced extensively across a wide variety of websites and online publications, including:

  • ABC7 San Francisco
  • Ability Magazine
  • Academic Kids
  • ACLU of Southern California
  • AirTalk (KPCC)
  • Arroyo Seco Foundation
  • Ballotpedia
  • Brainly
  • Business Insider
  • Cal State Univ. Los Angeles Library
  • Cal State Univ. Northridge Library
  • Calif. Coastal Commission
  • Calif. Historical Society
  • Calif. State Genealogy Alliance
  • Calif. State Poly, Pomona
  • CA Student Sustainability Coalition
  • Caltrans
  • Chegg
  • Chino Valley Unified School Dist.
  • City of Azusa
  • City of Los Angeles Planning Dept.
  • Civic Memory Working Group
  • Civicas.net
  • College of the Canyons
  • Colored Conventions Project
  • County of Los Angeles
  • CSUN
  • Daily Bruin
  • Data and Story Library
  • Eatlife.net
  • Ehow.com
  • ELAC Campus News
  • Encyclopedia.com
  • Eric Brightwell
  • Etan Does LA
  • FlowProject.LA
  • Food Empowerment Project
  • Future Farming
  • Georgetown University Alumni
  • Global Times
  • Grier Musser Museum
  • Grunge.com
  • Inside Higher Ed
  • Kids Encyclopedia Facts
  • KTLA
  • L.A. Walks
  • LA County Library
  • LA Observed
  • LA Tourist
  • LAist
  • Lakers Nation
  • Latino LA
  • Liberty Community Plaza
  • L.A. Business Council
  • L.A. Business Journal
  • L.A. City Historical Society
  • L.A. City Planning
  • L.A. Community College District
  • L.A. Co. Children & Family Services
  • Los Angeles County Public Library
  • Los Angeles Daily News
  • Los Angeles Explorers Guild
  • L.A. Fire Dept. Historical Archive
  • Los Angeles Magazine
  • Los Angeles Noir Pathfinder
  • Los Angeles Planning History Group
  • Los Angeles Public Library
  • Los Angeles Times
  • Los Angeles Trade Technical College
  • Los Angeles World Airports
  • Loyola Marymount Univ. Library
  • Mar Vista Historical Society
  • Mira Costa High School Library
  • MSN
  • National Institute of Justice
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • National Park Service
  • Natural History Museum of LA Co.
  • New World Encyclopedia
  • NOAA
  • OC Register
  • Occidental College
  • Office of Justice Programs
  • One Archives
  • Palisades News
  • PBS Independent Lens
  • Randon Lengths News
  • Reference Desk
  • San Pedro Bay Historical Society
  • SF Genealogy
  • Snopes
  • Somos Primos
  • Streetsblog LA
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • Surfrider LA
  • Texas Digital Library
  • The Guardian
  • The Historical Marker Database
  • The New York Times
  • The Transit Coalition
  • UCLA School of Public Health
  • UCLA Library
  • Univ. of California San Diego
  • Univ. of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Univ. of Washington Library
  • USA Today
  • USC Library
  • Water and Power Associates
  • Whittier College
  • Wikipedia
  • Wiley Online Library

Our History

Los Angeles Almanac launched online in 1998 as LosAngelesAlmanac.com (renamed LAAlmanac.com in 2005). In September 2000, we were listed at the top of Los Angeles Magazine’s Short List of Essential L.A. Web Sites (and we sheepishly admit, as pointed out, that, at the time, the "look of the site [was] shamelessly lifted from Yahoo").

Los Angeles Magazine, September 2000, article "This Dot's For You - The Short List of Essential LA Websites."

In 2001, we published a print version of the Los Angeles Almanac that was first stocked by Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena and Dutton's Brentwood Bookstore (a wonderful independent bookseller that sadly closed in 2008). This, to date, has been our only print edition.

Los Angeles Almanac [Print Edition] 2001.

In 2008, we published our first wall map of the City of Los Angeles, outlining its many neighborhoods. As far as we were able to determine, this was the first published wall map detailing City of Los Angeles neighborhoods (a year later, the Los Angeles Times put out their own version, but only online). Since then, we've published several editions and added a wall map showing City of Los Angeles zip codes and one of the entire County of Los Angeles. After taking an extended hiatus from selling wall maps, we now again offer two updated editions at Los Angeles Wall and Art Poster Maps.

Los Angeles Almanac wall maps published since 2008.

In 2018, we acquired a collection of more than 500 vintage postcards about Los Angeles County and Southern California. Online images of these are permanently exhibited at Greetings From Los Angeles - Vintage Postcard Views of Los Angeles County. We've continued to add addition postcards to the collection, that is now approaching one thousand postcards.

Los Angeles Almanac Vintage Postcard Collection

Postcard "Greetings from Los Angeles," circa 1930-1945. Los Angeles Almanac Collection.

* We emphasize "comprehensive almanac" because the Los Angeles County Republican Party once published the Los Angeles County Almanac (published 1961?-1998). That annual publication, however, focused only on government and politics in Los Angeles County. The Los Angeles Almanac covers almost all topics commonly addressed by general-interest almanacs.