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Christmas Decorations at The Grove

Holiday Attractions Around Los Angeles County

This list of holiday attractions in Los Angeles County can keep you delighted throughout December.

Postcard of Denny's Coffee Shop

Los Angeles County Origins of Some Famous Food Empires

Some well-known restaurant empires had their origins right here in Los Angeles County.

Emergency Room

Emergency Rooms in Los Angeles County

In 2018, there were 3,238,050 visits to the 75 hospital emergency departments in Los Angeles County.

Cost of Educating a Pupil, K-12, in Los Angeles County

What does it cost to provide a public education for our kids in Los Angeles County?

Corpsman treats wounded in Vietnam War, 1968

Veterans in Los Angeles County

More U.S. military veterans live in Los Angeles County than in any other county in the United States. More than 16,000 are women.

Gasoline Pump

Gasoline Prices 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.

Angels Flank a Book Holder

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.

Underground Civilization

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.

Searchlights and Antiaircraft Fire Over Los Angeles, 1942

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?

Bigfoot in the San Gabriel Mountains

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.

Dia de los Muertos, Olvera Street

The Hispanic/Latino Population of Los Angeles County

Los Angeles County has the largest Hispanic/Latino population of any county in the United States. So, who is this Hispanic/Latino population?

Jaime Escalante, Ellen Ochoa, John Olivas and France Cordova

Hispanic Heritage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Four people of Hispanic heritage who set high (some literally) bars in math, science and engineering.

Red Los Angeles Skyline

The Warming of Los Angeles

Since the 1940s, Los Angeles has gotten warmer. Sorry to say, it looks like the future Los Angeles will be warmer yet.

Traffic in Montebello

How Angelenos Commute to Work

What U.S. Census surveys tell us about how Los Angeles County commuter patterns have changed over the last 30 years.

Image Portrayal of Founders of Los Angeles, 1781

Putting a Face on the Founders of Los Angeles

Los Angeles was founded on September 4, 1781, by a small band of 44 men, women and children, who trekked almost one thousand miles to establish what was then a tiny farming village. After 238 years, we wanted to see if we could "put a face" on the founders of one of America's great cities.

Pasadena City Hall

20 Interesting Things About Pasadena

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...

Wireless, Phones, Voice, Texting, Devices, Smartphones

Wireless Use in Los Angeles County - By the Numbers

Just how much are people on their wireless devices in Los Angeles County?

Squeezed For Cash

Poverty Guidelines in Los Angeles County

At what point does one fall beneath the poverty level in Los Angeles County?

Los Angeles County Among US States

If Los Angeles County Were a State

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?

Apollo 11 Saturn V Launch, 1969

From Downey, California, to the Moon

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.

Los Angeles Trade Tech College Fashion Show, 2015

Fashion Schools in Los Angeles County

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.

Fireworks Show

Ten Wonderful July 4th Fireworks Shows Around Los Angeles County

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.

Avalon Harbor, Santa Catalina Island

22 Interesting Things About Avalon & Santa Catalina Island

No. You do not need a passport to visit the island, although, some have argued differently.

Statue of Spanish Governor Felipe de Neve

The Founding Father of Los Angeles

He planned and arranged the establishment of this little settlement near the Los Angeles River.

Cooper Do-nuts Sign Sketch

Sometimes History Happens Over Coffee and Donuts

LGBTQ Americans long suffered quietly through harassment and abuse by police. At least they did, until one night at a Los Angeles donut shop.

Chef at Work Catering an Event

What People Earn by Occupation in Los Angeles County

Explore the range of earnings among 727 different occupations in Los Angeles County.

USMC Lance Corporals Jose Gutierrez and Francisco Martínez-Flores

Two of America's Earliest Battlefield Casualties in Iraq - Immigrants

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.

Clump of Quercus Palmeri, Palmer's Oak, 1931

Very Ancient in Southern California

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.

George Freeth Bust at Redondo Beach Pier

How Surfing Came to Southern California

This young Hawaiian introduced to Southern California what was, even in 1907, an ancient sport: Surfing.

Wat Thai Temple Festival

The Asian Capital of the United States

Los Angeles County is home to the largest Asian population in the United States and some of the largest ethnic Asian populations outside Asia.

Toypurina

California's Joan of Arc

She was only Native American woman to lead a revolt and stood up against an empire.

Income Dollars and Cents

Median Household Income by Zip Code - Los Angeles County

At the high end, one zip code has a median household income of $184,722. At the low end, it's $12,864.

Angels Over Los Angeles

Largest Religious Bodies in Los Angeles County

More than half of Angelenos are affiliated with religious groups. And they range far and wide.

Uncle Sam and the California Bear

We Want Your Taxes.

So, how much money does Los Angeles County send to Washington D.C. and Sacramento?

Redondo Beach Farmer's Market

Certified Farmers Markets in Los Angeles County

We may be one of the most urbanized regions in the nation, but we still have direct access to farmers.

Walt Disney Studios Alameda Avenue Entrance

Movie and Television Studios in Los Angeles County

They are perhaps the most exotic factories in the world...and perhaps in human history.

Civil Engineers Marilyn Reece and Carol Schumaker, 1964

Women Who Built L.A. Freeways

If you've driven across the freeways of Los Angeles County, you've probably driven across the work of these women.

Women in Los Angeles County History

Some Notable Women in Los Angeles History

A list of some of the women who had signficant impact in the history of Los Angeles County.

Guitar Center in Monterey Park

Largest Privately-Owned Companies Based in 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.

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

Wealthiest People in Los Angeles County

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.

Vintage Photo of African American Nursing Graduate, Undated

A Fight for the Right to Care in Los Angeles

Los Angeles was the setting for a significant early 20th century civil rights victory.

Vintage LA Freeways Postcard

The Arteries of Los Angeles County

If Los Angeles County freeways were straightened and lined-up end-to-end, they would almost reach Oregon or New Mexico.

Georgia Frontiere with Super Bowl XXXIV Trophy, 2000

The Rams in the Super Bowl & Other League Championship Games

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.

Earthquake Damage in Northridge, 1994

The Big One is Coming. Prepare For It.

The Northridge Earthquake hit 25 years ago. What is the probability of a bigger earthquake rupturing L.A.?

Black Bear, Malibu Creek State Park

Bears in Los Angeles County

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?

Table upon which Treaty of Cahuenga was signed, 1847

The Day Los Angeles (and all California) Became American

On January 13, 1847, at this table, in what is now Los Angeles, the future of California was settled.

First Tournament of Roses Football Game, 1902

Rose Bowl (Tournament of Roses) Game Results, From 1902

It is the oldest and, arguably, most prestigious of all post-season college football games. It is "the Granddaddy of them all."

The Christmas Tree by Winslow Homer, 1858

Southern California's First Christmas Tree

It was believed to be the first Christmas tree ever erected anywhere in Southern California.

The Grove in Fairfax Neighborhood of Los Angeles

Major Shopping Malls in Los Angeles County

Los Angeles County offers the largest (and, arguably, the most exciting) retail landscape in the United States.

Alex Villanueva, Candidate for Los Angeles County Sheriff

A New Sheriff in Town

He was the "dark horse" candidate for Sheriff of Los Angeles County and now he has broken a number of century-old precedences.

Marionettes of Bob Baker's Marionette Theater in Downtown LA

Bob Baker Marionettes Say "Goodbye" ...to Downtown Los Angeles

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.