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Corpsman treats wounded in Vietnam War, 1968

Veterans in Los Angeles County

There are more military veterans in Los Angeles County than in any other county in the United States. More than 16,000 of them are women.

Los Angeles County Midterm General Election Turnout, 2014

Los Angeles County Voter Turnout

In Los Angeles County elections, only 1 out of every 3 eligible voters, on average, selects who governs us and how we are governed. Oftentimes less.

Map Illustration of Santa Ana Winds Over Southern California

Should They be Called "Santa Ana" or "Santana" Winds?

We call these superhot winds the "Santa Ana" or, sometimes, "Santana" Winds. Perhaps we are getting it all wrong.

Rancho Los Feliz Adobe, Circa 1900

Mysterious L.A.: The Curse of Griffith Park

It is the great park of Los Angeles, but lore says that it is cursed.

Elizabeth Lake, Los Angeles County, California

Mysterious L.A.: The Monster of Elizabeth Lake

Lore has it that a monster once terrorized a lake in Los Angeles County.

Nike Hercules Air-Defense Missile

The Missiles of Los Angeles

At one time, the Los Angeles region was surrounded by a secret ring of nuclear-tipped missiles.

Mount San Antonio (Old Baldy) Seen From Montebello

Mountain Peaks in Los Angeles County

Above the Los Angeles metropolis are towering mountain ranges rising up to 10,000 feet.

Los Angeles County Jail

Los Angeles County Jail System by the Numbers

Los Angeles County holds the unfortunate distinction of having the largest jail population in the nation.

Upcoming Angeleno

Future Diversity of Los Angeles County

What will the racial diversity of Los Angeles County look like 40 years from now?

Studebaker Plant in Vernon

Los Angeles' Auto Manufacturing Past

Los Angeles County once rivaled Detroit as a center for auto manufacturing.

La Merced Elementary, Montebello

School Districts of Los Angeles County

Including the second largest school district in the nation among them, they educate about 1.5 million K-12 students each year.

Los Angeles Basin From Space, 2013

A Huge Bowl of Sand

The Los Angeles Basin is actually a gigantic bowl of sand.

Child Care Worker With Children

Minimum Wages in Los Angeles County

Minimum wage earners in Los Angeles County are beginning to see improved wages, better than in many other parts of the country. However, what you earn can vary significantly, depending on where in the county you work.

Atomic Cafe

Atomic Café

It became an iconic Los Angeles eatery that blended Japanese, American, pop atomic-age and punk rock culture.

Map of Most Populous Cities in Los Angeles County

Most Populous Cities in Los Angeles County

Population-wise, as in pretty much every other category, the city of Los Angeles is the "900-pound gorilla" of Los Angeles County. But, which of the other 87 cities have large populations?

Sunset Over L.A.

Hottest Time of Year

July is always a hot month for Los Angeles and August, on average, is the hottest. There is another month, however, that is more likely to break heat records.

Photo by Webstep, courtesy Pixabay.com.

A Home in Southern California

Median Home Values in Los Angeles 1996-2018

The median value of homes in Southern California are perhaps now the highest they have been. Ever.

Gang Arrest by U.S. Homeland Security Investigations

Gangs of Los Angeles

Los Angeles is nicknamed the "Gang Capital of the United States."

Most Regrettable Mayors of Los Angeles

The Most Regrettable Mayors of Los Angeles

Name a major U.S. city where a mayor resigned from office to lead a lynch mob.

Image of LA With Palms in Background

Nicknames for Los Angeles

We use one all the time. Some are historical. Some are about our most iconic industry.

Armed U.S. servicemen on Los Angeles streets during Zoot Suit Riots

Los Angeles Zoot Suit Riots, 1943

While a war for freedom raged across two oceans, one of the worst episodes of racial violence in 20th century America ignited in Los Angeles.

Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy

The Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, Los Angeles, June 5, 1968

Fifty years ago, amidst a nation torn by conflict at home and abroad, millions looked to Kennedy in hope. That came to an end on a kitchen floor in Los Angeles.

Michael Monsoor, Recipient of Medal of Honor, 2006

Medal of Honor Recipients From Los Angeles County

Since 1869, 30 servicemembers from Los Angeles County have been awarded the nation's highest award for valor.

Mexican Food Business in Grand Central Market

The Spanish Language in Los Angeles

Is Spanish really a foreign language to Los Angeles?.

Vehicles Per Freeway Mile in Los Angeles County

Cars, Trucks and Los Angeles Freeways

Of course, not every vehicle on L.A. freeways is registered here and not every vehicle registered here is on the freeway at the same time. Just enough of them are. That is why Los Angeles ranks as the most traffic-congested city in the world.

Miles of Public Roads in Los Angeles County
Vehicles Registered in Los Angeles County

Wat Thai Temple Festival

Asian Population in Los Angeles County

What makes Los Angeles County the "Capital of Asian America?"

Map of City of Los Angeles Neighborhoods

Neighborhoods of the City of Los Angeles

140 major neighborhoods make up the City of Los Angeles. Here are their populations and racial compositions.

Female Mountain Lion Above Los Angeles Lights

Lions in Los Angeles

There are only two cities in the world in which big wild cats freely roam.

Volcanic Eruption

Can a Volcanic Eruption Occur in Los Angeles?

There are eight threatening volcanoes in California. Is the Los Angeles region in the danger zone?

Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center Sign

Licensed Hospitals in Los Angeles County

Los Angeles County's 124 hospitals serve more than 10 million people and range in size from 12 beds at Catalina Island Medical Center to almost 900 beds at Cedars Sinai Medical Center.

Local Names From Agoura Hills to Whittier

What Do You Call People From...

People from Los Angeles are commonly called "Angelenos." So what are people from Burbank or Long Beach called?

Parade at Disneyland

Largest Publicly-Owned Companies Based in Los Angeles County

The 25 largest Los Angeles County-based companies employ more than 600,000 people worldwide.

Portrait of Biddy Mason, 1818-1891

Some Notable Women in Los Angeles History

They were pioneers, police officers, aviators, activists, leaders.

Los Angeles Conservancy Art Deco Tour

Los Angeles Conservancy

America's largest local preservation organization not only works to preserve L.A. history, but to eagerly share it.

First Academy Awards, 1929

Locations of the Academy Awards Ceremony

Since 1929, the Academy Awards Ceremony has been held at nine different locations in Los Angeles (and one in Santa Monica).

Families of Japanese ancestry await processing, 1942

Executive Order 9066, February 19, 1942

Angelenos of Japanese ancestry are ordered to leave everything behind for relocation camps.

Founding of Los Angeles by Millard Sheets

African American History & the Founding of Los Angeles

People of African descent have been in Los Angeles since, well, the beginning of Los Angeles.

Marriage

Perez vs. Sharp - End to California Miscegenation Laws

In 1948, a couple's lawsuit against Los Angeles County led to California becoming the first state to end laws against interracial marriage.

Sunny, Adopted From SEACCA

Animal Shelters of Los Angeles County

In recent years, approximately 102,000 dogs and cats each year are taken just into the shelters of Los Angeles County and the City of Los Angeles.

First El Camino Real Bell, 1906

Mission Bells Along El Camino Real

What are those bells atop shepherd's crook-shaped poles along streets and highways in Los Angeles County (and throughout California)?

Disney Concert Hall

Orchestras of Los Angeles County

Los Angeles County boasts one of the finest orchestras in the world, along with more than two dozen other formally-organized orchestras, the most in any U.S. county.

CalTech Beckman Institute, Pasadena

4-Year+ Colleges & Universities in Los Angeles County

Among Los Angeles County's colleges and universities are some of the best in the nation.

Kaiser Permanente, Baldwin Park

Largest Employers in Los Angeles County

There are more than 5 million people at work in Los Angeles County. Almost 1 in 5 work for the county's largest employers.

Reenactors of Battle of Rio San Gabriel, 1847

Mexico's Last Stand in California

At the beginning of 1847, Los Angeles was the final Mexican holdout against the U.S. invasion of California. On the morning of January 8, anxious defenders were dug in for a fight, anxiously awaiting the approaching American force.

Snow at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 1949

Snow in Los Angeles

It is given that snow falls in the mountains of Los Angeles County, but on our swaying palm trees? Yes, our palm trees have been covered with snow.

Wildfire Flames

Wildfires of Los Angeles County

Los Angeles County has a long history of wildfires. These are the biggest, most destructive and one ranks among the deadliest in U.S. history.

Christmas Tree Lane, Altadena

Christmas Tree Lane

The oldest large-scale Christmas lighting display in the world and a seasonal delight to generations of Christmastime visitors.

Rainfall at the Getty Center in Los Angeles

Seasonal Rainfall in Downtown Los Angeles, 1877-2016

The last full rainfall season, 2016-2017, for Downtown Los Angeles ended with a season total of 19 inches, breaking a five-year stretch of feeble season totals each totaling less than 10 inches. This was longest stretch of season totals under 10 inches since Los Angeles began keeping rainfall records in 1877.

Immigration March in Los Angeles, 2006

Unauthorized Immigrants in Los Angeles County

An estimated one million immigrants in Los Angeles County did not arrive here legally. In Los Angeles' history, they are not the first to do so.

Original Native People of Los Angeles County

Original People of Los Angeles County

People began permanently populating what is now Los Angeles County about 3,000 years ago. Their descendants are still here.

US Army Troops in the Vietnam War

Veterans in Los Angeles County

Los Angeles County has the largest population of military veterans of any U.S. county (comprising 1.5% of all the nation's veterans). Almost 20,000 of them are women, the largest population of female veterans in the nation.

Homeless in Los Angeles County

Homelessness in Los Angeles County

About 50,000 to 60,000 people find themselves homeless on any given night in Los Angeles County. They are the second largest homeless population in the United States.

Game 4 of 1959 World Series at Los Angeles Coliseum

The Dodgers in the World Series

The Dodgers have been in the World Series 20 times (11 times for Los Angeles, winning 5 of the 11).

Devil's Gate on the Arroyo Seco, Circa 1920

Mysterious L.A.: The Devil's Gate - Gateway to Hell?

The Devil's Gate area has long drawn the attention of paranormal enthusiasts.

Los Angeles Times Article About Ancient Underground People, January 29, 1934

Mysterious L.A.: Legend of the "Lizard People"

in 1934, the Los Angeles public became intrigued by an engineer's search for a ancient lost civilization that was supposed to have existed underground.

Radio Tower Above Hollywood Sign

The Second Largest Radio Market in the Nation

The greater Los Angeles radio market has 11.5 million potential radio listeners. Three of every four adult Angelenos listen to their radio every day.

Home destroyed in 1994 Northridge Earthquake

Mexico City is a Wake-Up Call, Los Angeles

The San Andreas Fault offers a 19% chance of a 6.7+ earthquake within the next 30 years. It's TIME to prepare.

La Brea Woman imagined at La Brea Tar Pits & Museum

One of the Earliest Known Angelenos

And, perhaps, our first known homicide case.

Doheny Mansion, Mount St. Mary's University, Los Angeles

Wealthiest People in Los Angeles County

Los Angeles County has one of the highest concentrations of billionaires in the United States. The 29 richest people here have a combined wealth of $124 billion.

Founding of Los Angeles by Millard Sheets

Poor, Seeking a Better Life, Mostly Dark-Skinned, All Spanish-Speaking

They were the founding families of Los Angeles on September 4, 1781

Virgin With Angeles by Bouguereau

Origin of the Name "Los Angeles"

There is probably no other major city in America or even in the world whose original name is as disputed as that of Los Angeles.