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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 2019 Estimate* 2010 Estimate*
TOTAL 3,430,507 3,477,813
EUROPE 169,843 179,001
Northern Europe 41,644 41,164
Ireland 3,018 3,470
Denmark 1,466 1,635
Norway 962 857
Sweden 3,562 3,361
United Kingdom 31,744 30,755
United Kingdom (excluding England & Scotland) 15,063 11,616
United Kingdom (England) 14,771 16,779
United Kingdom (Scotland) 1,910 2,360
Other Northern Europe 892 1,086
Geography 2019 Estimate* 2010 Estimate*
Western Europe 36,673 40,337
Austria 2,078 3,163
Belgium 1,482 1,701
France 10,989 9,193
Germany 16,492 19,890
Netherlands 3,714 4,076
Switzerland 1,825 2,233
Other Western Europe 93 81
Geography 2019 Estimate* 2010 Estimate*
Southern Europe 18,675 20,192
Greece 3,720 4,962
Italy 9,172 9,678
Portugal 1,569 2,025
Azores Islands 280 N/A
Spain 4,083 3,358
Other Southern Europe 131 169
Geography 2019 Estimate* 2010 Estimate*
Eastern Europe 72,416 77,003
Albania 477 252
Belarus 2,221 1,847
Bosnia & Herzegovina 592 875
Bulgaria 3,203 3,257
Croatia 1,807 2,389
Czechoslovakia (includes Czech Republic & Slovakia) 2,474 2,442
Hungary 3,983 5,284
Latvia 1,112 1,052
Lithuania 1,484 1,430
Geography 2019 Estimate* 2010 Estimate*
North Macedonia (Macedonia) 316 196
Moldova 1,503 1,378
Poland 6,247 7,421
Romania 5,700 7,914
Russia 20,172 20,867
Serbia 1,100 906
Ukraine 15,143 14,977
Other Eastern Europe 4,882 5,422
Europe, not elsewhere classified 435 305
Geography 2019 Estimate* 2010 Estimate*
ASIA 1,225,004 1,148,084
Eastern Asia 472,314 435,316
China (except Hong Kong, Taiwan) 194,469 134,137
Hong Kong 27,399 29,170
Taiwan 66,186 68,214
Japan 36,031 41,054
Korea 146,607 161,896
Other Eastern Asia 1,622 845
Geography 2019 Estimate* 2010 Estimate*
South Central Asia 203,280 176,305
Afghanistan 2,925 2,788
Bangladesh 7,223 5,805
India 62,139 47,221
Iran 109,392 103,751
Kazakhstan 1,611 540
Nepal 2,561 755
Pakistan 9,475 8,231
Sri Lanka 5,029 5,621
Uzbekistan 2,329 1,215
Other South Central Asia 596 378
Geography 2019 Estimate* 2010 Estimate*
South Eastern Asia 412,092 408,460
Burma 7,597 6,704
Cambodia 22,035 23,607
Indonesia 13,759 14,959
Laos 2,469 3,225
Malaysia 3,600 4,759
Philippines 239,804 235,591
Singapore 2,308 2,099
Thailand 22,014 21,490
Vietnam 98,409 96,015
Other South Eastern Asia 97 11
Geography 2019 Estimate* 2010 Estimate*
Western Asia 135,320 126,402
Armenia 64,026 57,105
Iraq 6,722 5,899
Israel 14,764 15,869
Jordan 3,422 2,970
Kuwait 2,195 1,424
Lebanon 16,243 18,772
Saudi Arabia 2,547 1,189
Syria 12,687 11,546
Turkey 5,889 77
Yemen 90 5,139
Other Western Asia 6,735 6,412
Asia, not elsewhere classified 1,998 1,601
Geography 2019 Estimate* 2010 Estimate*
AFRICA 59,875 47,484
Eastern Africa 14,558 12,158
Eritrea 1,323 938
Ethiopia 7,043 5,943
Kenya 2,505 1,827
Somalia 228 N/A
Uganda 1,495 N/A
Zimbabwe 464 N/A
Other Eastern Africa 1,500 3,450
Geography 2019 Estimate* 2010 Estimate*
Middle Africa 2,695 1,345
Cameroon 1,679 571
Congo 527 N/A
Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire) 364 N/A
Other Middle Africa 125 774
Northern Africa 18,312 15,594
Egypt 13,721 11,527
Morocco 2,270 2,284
Sudan 727 734
Other Northern Africa 1,594 1,049
Geography 2019 Estimate* 2010 Estimate*
Southern Africa 5,430 4,001
South Africa 5,366 3,923
Other Southern Africa 64 78
Western Africa 17,045 11,301
Cabo Verde 70 0
Ghana 2,461 1,683
Liberia 530 362
Nigeria 11,949 7,111
Senegal 450 N/A
Sierra Leone 854 630
Other Western Africa 731 1,515
Africa, not elsewhere classified 1,835 3,085
Geography 2019 Estimate* 2010 Estimate*
OCEANIA 14,774 12,461
Australia & New Zealand Subregion 8,048 6,857
Australia 6,389 4,951
Other Australian & New Zealand Subregion 1,659 1,906
Fiji 2,508 2,214
Micronesia 58 3,390
Oceania, not elsewhere classified 4,160 2,090,783
Geography 2019 Estimate* 2010 Estimate*
AMERICAS 1,961,011 2,060,538
Caribbean 31,676 34,114
Bahamas 277 201
Barbados 294 317
Cuba 17,332 21,633
Dominica 164 135
Dominican Republic 2,093 1,561
Geography 2019 Estimate* 2010 Estimate*
Grenada 167 127
Haiti 1,680 1,081
Jamaica 5,916 5,318
St. Vincent & the Grenadines 62 90
Trinidad & Tobago 2,343 2,164
West Indies 367 664
Other Caribbean 981 823
Geography 2019 Estimate* 2010 Estimate*
Central America 1,803,371 1,928,143
Belize 13,471 1,417,013
Costa Rica 5,213 13,035
El Salvador 269,579 5,867
Guatemala 175,586 260,182
Honduras 35,091 166,490
Mexico 1,277,142 32,157
Nicaragua 23,235 27,267
Panama 2,782 3,700
Other Central America 1,272 2,432
Geography 2019 Estimate* 2010 Estimate*
South America 96,526 98,281
Argentina 13,852 15,149
Bolivia 3,638 4,031
Brazil 11,879 8,521
Chile 5,658 6,411
Colombia 17,364 16,709
Ecuador 11,447 13,601
Guyana 1,354 1,196
Geography 2019 Estimate* 2010 Estimate*
Peru 25,412 26,719
Uruguay 1,085 990
Venezuela 3,796 3,432
Other South America 1,041 1,522
Northern America 29,438 30,245
Canada 29,287 30,007
Other Northern America 151 238

* Estimates from U.S. Census American Community Surveys: 5-Year estimates for 2019 (data from period 2015-2019) and for 2010 (data from period 2006-2010).

Source: U.S. Census Bureau