The City of Los Angeles, widely known by its abbreviation L.A., is a large coastal conurbation in Southern California in the western United States. It was incorporated as a city in California on April 4, 1850. The city is the county seat of Los Angeles County. Los Angeles is the largest city in California, and the second most populous city in the United States (after New York City), with a population of 3,694,820 as of the 2000 census. A July 1, 2004, Census estimate shows the city's population at 3,847,400. The economy of Los Angeles is driven by agriculture, petroleum, motion pictures, aerospace, international trade, and tourism. It is the largest entry point for immigrants to the United States, with people from every nation. According to at least one typology of world cities, Los Angeles is an "Alpha" world city, since it has hosted two Olympic Games, and is home to renowned scientific and cultural institutions. It is a major center for producing entertainment, including motion picture, TV, and recorded music.
The City of Los Angeles is governed by a mayor and a 15-member council. The Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles Public Library System and Los Angeles Unified School District are among the largest such organizations in the country. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power provides service to city residents and businesses.
The Los Angeles metropolitan area (frequently termed the "Southland") includes Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange and Ventura counties, and is home to more than sixteen million people of diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds. The Greater Los Angeles area is often referred to as Southern California, but geographically that term more properly includes both the Los Angeles metroplex and Imperial, Kern, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.
Web Sites and Links
City of Los AngelesOfficial Los Angeles site, includes government, residents, business, recreation and tourism and online services.
Los Angeles by Elson TrinidadNative Angeleno's site offers a view of the city most people have never seen. Includes origins of some street names,and a list of places that no longer exist.
Los Angeles Chamber of CommerceMission is to ensure the continued viability and success of commerce and industries in the southern California region. Includes member directory, relocation and tourist information.
Los Angeles: Life in DowntownIncludes links to lofts and apartments for rent in the downtown area, as well as links to local attractions, historical, recreation and news sites.