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Los Angeles, Space, International Space Station

Photo of Los Angeles area from space at night (largest, brightest spot) tweeted by astronaut Scott Kelly from the International Space Station, Sep. 23, 2015.


Aslo see:
-- Birthplace (Nativity) of Population in Los Angeles County (all residents)
-- Place of Birth Statistics by City (no breakdown by specific place of birth)


People from at least 130 countries are residents of Los Angeles County. In fact, Los Angeles County has the largest foreign-born population of any county in the United States (one of every three residents), including the largest populations from Latin America, Asia and the Pacific Islands. The largest communities outside their homeland of Mexicans, Koreans, Filipinos, Armenians, Salvadorans and Guatemalans live here. Additionally, the largest concentrations of people in the United States born in Iran, Taiwan, Japan, Canada, Cambodia, Thailand, Lebanon, Belize, Indonesia, Syria, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Netherlands, Sweden, Saudi Arabia, Fiji, New Zealand and Kuwaiti make Los Angeles County their home.



Geography 2020 Estimate* 2010 Estimate*
TOTAL 3,386,618 3,477,813
EUROPE 171,820 179,001
Northern Europe 42,527 41,164
Ireland 1,646 3,470
Denmark 2,795 1,635
Norway 802 857
Sweden 3,586 3,361
United Kingdom 32,795 30,755
United Kingdom (excluding England & Scotland) 15,643 11,616
United Kingdom (England) 15,090 16,779
United Kingdom (Scotland) 2,062 2,360
Other Northern Europe 903 1,086
Geography 2020 Estimate* 2010 Estimate*
Western Europe 36,836 40,337
Austria 2,239 3,163
Belgium 1,619 1,701
France 10,613 9,193
Germany 16,131 19,890
Netherlands 3,951 4,076
Switzerland 2,207 2,233
Other Western Europe 76 81
Geography 2020 Estimate* 2010 Estimate*
Southern Europe 18,421 20,192
Greece 3,535 4,962
Italy 9,057 9,678
Portugal 1,489 2,025
Azores Islands 272 N/A
Spain 4,222 3,358
Other Southern Europe 118 169
Geography 2020 Estimate* 2010 Estimate*
Eastern Europe 73,577 77,003
Albania 323 252
Belarus 2,793 1,847
Bosnia & Herzegovina 542 875
Bulgaria 3,247 3,257
Croatia 1,769 2,389
Czechoslovakia (includes Czech Republic & Slovakia) 2,409 2,442
Hungary 3,770 5,284
Latvia 1,115 1,052
Lithuania 1,657 1,430
Geography 2020 Estimate* 2010 Estimate*
Moldova 1,684 1,378
North Macedonia (Macedonia) 292 196
Poland 6,229 7,421
Romania 6,022 7,914
Russia 20,263 20,867
Serbia 1,141 906
Ukraine 15,285 14,977
Other Eastern Europe 5,036 5,422
Europe, not elsewhere classified 459 305
Geography 2020 Estimate* 2010 Estimate*
ASIA 1,224,411 1,148,084
Eastern Asia 469,608 435,316
China (except Hong Kong, Taiwan) 195,332 134,137
Hong Kong 27,842 29,170
Taiwan 65,122 68,214
Japan 35,861 41,054
Korea 143,694 161,896
Other Eastern Asia 1,757 845
Geography 2020 Estimate* 2010 Estimate*
South Central Asia 203,203 176,305
Afghanistan 3,405 2,788
Bangladesh 7,096 5,805
India 61,474 47,221
Iran 109,887 103,751
Kazakhstan 1,650 540
Nepal 2,721 755
Pakistan 9,616 8,231
Sri Lanka 4,343 5,621
Uzbekistan 2,320 1,215
Other South Central Asia 691 378
Geography 2020 Estimate* 2010 Estimate*
South Eastern Asia 410,238 408,460
Burma 8,252 6,704
Cambodia 21,224 23,607
Indonesia 13,575 14,959
Laos 2,597 3,225
Malaysia 3,758 4,759
Philippines 237,111 235,591
Singapore 2,211 2,099
Thailand 20,830 21,490
Vietnam 100,619 96,015
Other South Eastern Asia 61 11
Geography 2020 Estimate* 2010 Estimate*
Western Asia 139,100 126,402
Armenia 68,125 57,105
Iraq 6,569 5,899
Israel 15,755 15,869
Jordan 3,382 2,970
Kuwait 2,150 1,424
Lebanon 16,371 18,772
Saudi Arabia 1,837 1,189
Syria 12,953 11,546
Turkey 4,943 77
Yemen 78 5,139
Other Western Asia 6,937 6,412
Asia, not elsewhere classified 2,262 1,601
Geography 2020 Estimate* 2010 Estimate*
AFRICA 61,135 47,484
Eastern Africa 15,246 12,158
Eritrea 1,348 938
Ethiopia 6,990 5,943
Kenya 2,964 1,827
Somalia 168 N/A
Uganda 1,700 N/A
Zimbabwe 312 N/A
Other Eastern Africa 1,764 3,450
Geography 2020 Estimate* 2010 Estimate*
Middle Africa 2,568 1,345
Cameroon 1,489 571
Congo 415 N/A
Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire) 571 N/A
Other Middle Africa 93 774
Northern Africa 18,492 15,594
Egypt 13,650 11,527
Morocco 2,276 2,284
Sudan 992 734
Other Northern Africa 1,574 1,049
Geography 2020 Estimate* 2010 Estimate*
Southern Africa 4,888 4,001
South Africa 4,846 3,923
Other Southern Africa 42 78
Western Africa 17,879 11,301
Cabo Verde 41 0
Ghana 2,612 1,683
Liberia 429 362
Nigeria 12,934 7,111
Senegal 347 N/A
Sierra Leone 717 630
Other Western Africa 799 1,515
Africa, not elsewhere classified 2,062 3,085
Geography 2020 Estimate* 2010 Estimate*
OCEANIA 15,211 12,461
Australia & New Zealand Subregion 8,696 6,857
Australia 6,863 4,951
Other Australian & New Zealand Subregion 1,833 1,906
Fiji 2,813 2,214
Micronesia 95 3,390
Oceania, not elsewhere classified 3,607 2,090,783
Geography 2020 Estimate* 2010 Estimate*
AMERICAS 1,914,041 2,060,538
Caribbean 31,946 34,114
Bahamas 281 201
Barbados 197 317
Cuba 16,954 21,633
Dominica 249 135
Dominican Republic 1,943 1,561
Geography 2020 Estimate* 2010 Estimate*
Grenada 287 127
Haiti 1,650 1,081
Jamaica 6,556 5,318
St. Vincent & the Grenadines 77 90
Trinidad & Tobago 2,488 2,164
West Indies 245 664
Other Caribbean 1,019 823
Geography 2020 Estimate* 2010 Estimate*
Central America 1,757,123 1,928,143
Belize 12,445 1,417,013
Costa Rica 4,722 13,035
El Salvador 266,490 5,867
Guatemala 172,479 260,182
Honduras 35,079 166,490
Mexico 1,239,695 32,157
Nicaragua 22,058 27,267
Panama 2,652 3,700
Other Central America 1,503 2,432
Geography 2020 Estimate* 2010 Estimate*
South America 96,037 98,281
Argentina 12,993 15,149
Bolivia 3,337 4,031
Brazil 12,182 8,521
Chile 5,388 6,411
Colombia 17,730 16,709
Ecuador 10,907 13,601
Guyana 1,541 1,196
Geography 2020 Estimate* 2010 Estimate*
Peru 25,384 26,719
Uruguay 1,424 990
Venezuela 4,087 3,432
Other South America 1,064 1,522
Northern America 28,935 30,245
Canada 28,835 30,007
Other Northern America 100 238

* Estimates from U.S. Census American Community Surveys: 5-Year estimates for 2020 (surveys and data from period 2016-2020) and for 2010 (surveys and data from period 2006-2010).

Source: U.S. Census Bureau