In January 1847, Los Angeles was the final holdout against a U.S. military invasion of Mexican California. On the morning of January 8, anxious defenders were dug in for a fight, anxiously awaiting approaching American troops.
There are more than 5 million people at work in Los Angeles County. Almost 1 in 5 work for this list of the county's largest employers.
As we make our way through what has become a horrific pandemic holiday season, it may help to know that Angelenos have survived this before. It may even sound familiar.
Public Christmas trees have been a beloved feature of American holiday seasons since the early 20th century. Public Hanukkah menorahs, however, the most important symbol of the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah, are more recent. Los Angeles saw one of the earliest installations.
Almost one million people in Los Angeles County manage their lives with a physical disability.
For a period of time, it was the largest community in what is now Los Angeles.
Long before Wilshire Boulevard and Hollywood, she lived here. It did not seem, however, to end well.
More U.S. military veterans live in Los Angeles County than in any other county in the United States. More than 18,000 are women.
Who did Los Angeles County voters select to become the next U.S. president in presidential elections since 1852?
Since 1916, 21 World Series appearances and 7 championships.
A monstrous earthquake can strike Southern California at any time. We promise that you and your loved ones will be much better off if you are prepared for it.
The Los Angeles Lakers lead the NBA for total number of NBA Championships and total Final games won.
63,000 people die each year in Los Angeles County. What are the leading causes?
It is one thing to speak out against injustice. It is another to accept it as your own.
Four people of Hispanic and Los Angeles heritage who set high bars (some literally) in math, science and engineering.
What do the numbers look like for Los Angeles County's largest ethnic group?
Some quick numbers about Los Angeles County workers.
We put a face on the small band of 44 men, women and children who trekked almost one thousand miles to found El Pueblo de la Reina de los Angeles.
What does it cost to provide a public education for our kids in Los Angeles County?
Angelenos once mounted ostriches and alligators, gawked at celebrity lions, threw peanuts at monkeys, and cheered killer whales.
16 things that were invented or introduced in right in our own backyard.
People began permanently populating what is now Los Angeles County about 3,000 years ago. Their descendants are still here.
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.
Los Angeles County Consumer Spending
As happened across the nation, after the COVID-19 outbreak, consumer spending in Los Angeles County fell considerably from January through July 2020. Source: Opporutnity Insights Economic Tracker.
The 2020 homeless count in Los Angeles County came to be the highest in at least 15 years.
California's first Independance Day celebration was held in Los Angeles in 1847, but, Angelenos then may have found a bit of irony in it.
For a period of time, for some Angelenos who wished to enjoy a day at the beach, their options were limited.
By the time of the historic 1969 Stonewall uprising in New York, LGBTQ Angelenos had already risen up against unrelenting police abuses.
We knew there are racial economic disparities in L.A. We were struck by just how much so.
Almost one million Angelenos found themselves unemployed in April 2020. This was likely the worst unemployment experienced by Los Angeles County since the Great Depression.
About 12,000 service men and women from Los Angeles County gave their lives in wars since 1941.
Los Angeles County is home to the largest Asian population in the United States and some of the largest ethnic Asian populations outside Asia.
Join a collective effort to manufacture face shields for front-line workers in Los Angeles County.
One bit of good news during the COVID-19 Pandemic: L.A.'s rainfall season did not turn out so badly.
At what point does one fall beneath the poverty level in Los Angeles County?
Here are projections for the fastest growing occupations in Los Angeles County.
She is the only Native American woman known to have led a revolt against white domination.
Besides humans, they are considered the top predator in Los Angeles County.
More than half of Los Angeles County households are estimated to have at least one type of pet animal or another. How many pet households are in your community and what kind of pets do they own?
Today's coronavirus threat is not the first time Angelenos faced a frightening pandemic. We can learn something from that last experience.
Los Angeles Police Officer Alice Stebbins Wells was the first woman in America to serve fully as a police officer.
If you today face a criminal charge and cannot afford to hire a defense attorney, thank Clara Shortridge Foltz.
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.
From 1939 through 1966, this guidebook was indispensible for many African American visitors to the Los Angeles area and other major U.S. cities.
Eleven people connected to Los Angeles County who broke racial barriers and made their marks in science, engineering, medicine.
It is the only Los Angeles neighborhood to recognize an African culture. It also made U.S. history.
Among those members of Congress representing Los Angeles County, prominently involved in the current impeachment process in Washington D.C., is Adam Schiff (Democrat, 28th District) and Kevin McCarthy (Republican, 23rd District). Los Angeles County is represented by 18 of the 53 people elected from California to the U.S. House of Representatives. It has the largest congressional roster representing any county in the United States.
Take a tour of Los Angeles County's past through our online exhibit of more than 500 vintage postcards.
Los Angeles has recorded each season's total rainfall since 1877.
The City of Los Angeles is one among 87 other cities and 138 unincorporated communities that make up the "crazy-quilt" that is Los Angeles County.
Here, Los Angeles County keeps and dispenses copies of 94 years of its court files, dated from 1910 through 2004.
It was believed to be the first Christmas tree ever erected anywhere in Southern California.
With more than 11 million potential listeners every day, the Los Angeles metro area is the second largest radio market in the nation. So, what stations do we like to listen to?
Yes, it has snowed in Los Angeles.
Some well-known restaurant empires had their origins right here in Los Angeles County.
In 2018, there were 3,238,050 visits to the 75 hospital emergency departments in Los Angeles County.
March 1990 was when Los Angeles County last saw gasoline prices below $1.00 per gallon. By 2008, it hit its record peak.
Mysterious L.A.: The Blackburn Cult
Animal sacrifices, cadaver preservation, disappearing people. The Blackburn Cult was among the strangest of religious cults to have started in Los Angeles.
Mysterious L.A.: The Legend of an Underground World
The legend of a civilization of "lizard people" living below what is now Los Angeles is one of L.A.'s great folklores.
Mysterious L.A.: The Mysterious Battle of Los Angeles, 1942
What did anti-aircraft gunners shoot at for more than an hour in the skies over Los Angeles during the early morning of September 25, 1942?
Mysterious L.A.: Bigfoot in Los Angeles County
There are stories of a large, hair-covered, foul-smelling, bipedal creature frightening hikers, campers and hunters in the mountains of Los Angeles County since the 1960s.
Los Angeles County has the largest Hispanic/Latino population of any county in the United States. So, who is this Hispanic/Latino population?
Since the 1940s, Los Angeles has gotten warmer. Sorry to say, it looks like the future Los Angeles will be warmer yet.
What U.S. Census surveys tell us about how Los Angeles County commuter patterns have changed over the last 30 years.
Let's start with one of the most beautiful public buildings in Southern California. Then there's booze, silly string, occultists, comedy, one amazing athlete...
Just how much are people on their wireless devices in Los Angeles County?
The population of Los Angeles County alone is larger than that of most U.S. states. Population-wise, if Los Angeles County were actually a state of its own (and, geographically, it is larger than either of the states of Rhode Island or Delaware), where would it rank among U.S. states?
50 years ago, human beings accomplished what was arguably our most amazing engineering feat ever – to set foot upon the surface of the moon. Downey had an important part in making that happen.
The $18 billion fashion industry in Los Angeles County is the largest in the nation. It is supported by an impressive array of local fashion schools.
Angelenos have a variety of great venues in which to celebrate Independence Day with fun and fireworks. Here are ten to enjoy, among other places, on an island, in a ball park or cemetery or among monster trucks.
No. You do not need a passport to visit the island, although, some have argued differently.
He planned and arranged the establishment of this little settlement near the Los Angeles River.
Explore the range of earnings among 727 different occupations in Los Angeles County.
Two U.S. Marines from Los Angeles County were the 1st and 49th Americans in the Iraq War to have sacrificed their lives for their country. At the time of their deaths, however, these two American marines were not actually American.
Some say that, besides geology and fossils, there is nothing ancient in Southern California. Actually, there exists something here that is 13,000 years old and still lives. Yet, that may not be for much longer.
This young Hawaiian introduced to Southern California what was, even in 1907, an ancient sport: Surfing.
At the high end, one zip code has a median household income of $184,722. At the low end, it's $12,864.
More than half of Angelenos are affiliated with religious groups. And they range far and wide.
So, how much money does Los Angeles County send to Washington D.C. and Sacramento?
We may be one of the most urbanized regions in the nation, but we still have direct access to farmers.
They are perhaps the most exotic factories in the world...and perhaps in human history.
If you've driven across the freeways of Los Angeles County, you've probably driven across the work of these women.
A list of some of the women who had signficant impact in the history of Los Angeles County.
Los Angeles County's eight largest privately-owned companies took in $30 billion and employed more than 93,000 people.
And one sells cool guitars.
Los Angeles County has one of the highest concentration of billionaires in the United States. The 27 wealthiest Angelenos have a combined wealth of $123 billion.
Los Angeles was the setting for a significant early 20th century civil rights victory.
If Los Angeles County freeways were straightened and lined-up end-to-end, they would almost reach Oregon or New Mexico.
Before they face the Patriots in Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3, the Rams appeared in three prior Super Bowls and three League Championships before that.
The Northridge Earthquake hit 25 years ago. What is the probability of a bigger earthquake rupturing L.A.?
By the early 20th Century, bears had been hunted to extinction in Southern California. So where do today's backyard-crashing, pool and jacuzzi-wading bears in Los Angeles County come from?
On January 13, 1847, at this table, in what is now Los Angeles, the future of California was settled.
It is the oldest and, arguably, most prestigious of all post-season college football games. It is "the Granddaddy of them all."
Los Angeles County offers the largest (and, arguably, the most exciting) retail landscape in the United States.
He was the "dark horse" candidate for Sheriff of Los Angeles County and now he has broken a number of century-old precedences.
It is the oldest children's theater company in Los Angeles and the longest-running puppet theater in the country. It had to bid good-bye to its theater of 55 years.
We call these superhot winds the "Santa Ana" or, sometimes, "Santana" Winds. Perhaps we are getting it all wrong.
Mysterious L.A.: The Curse of Griffith Park
It is the great park of Los Angeles, but lore says that it is cursed.
Mysterious L.A.: The Monster of Elizabeth Lake
Lore has it that a monster once terrorized a lake in Los Angeles County.
At one time, the Los Angeles region was surrounded by a secret ring of nuclear-tipped missiles.
Above the Los Angeles metropolis are towering mountain ranges rising up to 10,000 feet.
Los Angeles County holds the unfortunate distinction of having the largest jail population in the nation.
What will the racial diversity of Los Angeles County look like 40 years from now?
Los Angeles County once rivaled Detroit as a center for auto manufacturing.
Including the second largest school district in the nation among them, they educate about 1.5 million K-12 students each year.
The Los Angeles Basin is actually a gigantic bowl of sand.
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.
It became an iconic Los Angeles eatery that blended Japanese, American, pop atomic-age and punk rock culture.
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?
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.
The median value of homes in Southern California are perhaps now the highest they have been. Ever.
Los Angeles is nicknamed the "Gang Capital of the United States."
Name a major U.S. city where a mayor resigned from office to lead a lynch mob.
We use one all the time. Some are historical. Some are about our most iconic industry.
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.
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.
Is Spanish really a foreign language to Los Angeles?.
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.
140 major neighborhoods make up the City of Los Angeles. Here are their populations and racial compositions.
There are only two cities in the world in which big wild cats freely roam.
There are eight threatening volcanoes in California. Is the Los Angeles region in the danger zone?
People from Los Angeles are commonly called "Angelenos." So what are people from Burbank or Long Beach called?
The 25 largest Los Angeles County-based companies employ more than 600,000 people worldwide.
They were pioneers, police officers, aviators, activists, leaders.
America's largest local preservation organization not only works to preserve L.A. history, but to eagerly share it.
Since 1929, the Academy Awards Ceremony has been held at nine different locations in Los Angeles (and one in Santa Monica).
Angelenos of Japanese ancestry are ordered to leave everything behind for relocation camps.
People of African descent have been in Los Angeles since, well, the beginning of Los Angeles.
In 1948, a couple's lawsuit against Los Angeles County led to California becoming the first state to end laws against interracial marriage.
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.
What are those bells placed along streets and highways in Los Angeles County (and throughout California)?
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.
Among Los Angeles County's colleges and universities are some of the best in the nation.
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.
The oldest large-scale Christmas lighting display in the world and a seasonal delight to generations of Christmastime visitors.
An estimated one million immigrants in Los Angeles County did not arrive here legally. In Los Angeles' history, they were not the first to do so.
Mysterious L.A.: The Devil's Gate - Gateway to Hell?
The Devil's Gate area has long drawn the attention of paranormal enthusiasts.
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.
The San Andreas Fault offers a 19% chance of a 6.7+ earthquake within the next 30 years. It's TIME to prepare.
They were the founding families of Los Angeles on September 4, 1781
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.