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Greater Los Angeles, which consists of Los Angeles and Orange counties, is home to nearly 12.9 million residents. Los Angeles is the largest city in the State of California and the second largest city in the USA after New York. Los Angeles (simply L.A.) has an estimated population of 3.8 million and spans over 498.3 square miles (1,290.6 km²) in Southern California. Los Angeles is the seat of Los Angeles County, the most populated.

The City of Los Angeles was founded on September 4, 1781, by Spanish governor Felipe de Neve as El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Angeles del Río de Porciúncula (The Village of Our Lady, the Queen of the Angels of the river of Porziuncola). It became a part of Mexico in 1821, following its independence from Spain. In 1848, at the end of the Mexican-American War, Los Angeles and the rest of California were purchased as part of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, thereby becoming part of the United States. Los Angeles was incorporated as a municipality on April 4, 1850, five months before California achieved statehood.

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A huge metropolis, Los Angeles is one of the world's centers of manufacturing, petroleum, aerospace, finance, business, international trade, transportation, entertainment, culture, media, fashion, science, technology, and education. It is home to renowned institutions covering a broad range of professional and cultural fields and is one of the most substantial economic engines within the United States. L.A. is often referred to as the entertainment capital of the world, although some major companies have moved to cities such as nearby Burbank. Hollywood leads the world in the creation of motion pictures, television production, and recorded music and hosts the Oscars as well as other academy awards. The importance of the entertainment business to the city has led many celebrities to call Los Angeles and its surrounding suburbs home.

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Hollywood is a district in Los Angeles, situated west-northwest of Downtown Los Angeles. Due to its fame and cultural identity as the historical center of movie studios and movie stars, the word "Hollywood" is often used as a metonymy of American cinema. The nickname Tinseltown refers to the glittering, superficial nature of Hollywood and the movie industry. Today, much of the movie industry has dispersed into surrounding areas such as the Westside neighborhood, but significant auxiliary industries, such as editing, effects, props, post-production and lighting companies, remain in Hollywood, as does the backlot of Paramount Pictures. more...

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Disneyland is an American theme park located in Anaheim, California, owned and operated by the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts division of The Walt Disney Company. It was dedicated with a press preview on July 17, 1955, and opened to the general public on July 18, 1955. Disneyland holds the distinction of being the only theme park to be designed and built under the direct supervision of Walt Disney himself.

As of 2005, the park has been visited by more than 515 million guests since it opened, including presidents, royalty and other heads of state.


The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is a large outdoor sports stadium in Exposition Park in the University Park neighborhood of Los Angeles that is home to the University of Southern California Trojans football team.

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The Capitol Records Building is one of the most distinctive landmarks in Hollywood. The 13-story earthquake resistant tower, designed by Welton Becket, was the world's first circular office building. The building is located in the Hollywood Boulevard Commercial and Entertainment District.

The Beach Cities are located along the California Coast south and west of Los Angeles in the South Bay area of Southern California. The beach communities include Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach. All three cities are renowned for their beaches and have municipal piers as well as shopping and eateries along the coastline. The strand runs along the beaches and is popular for cycling, running and rollerblading.

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  • ... Los Angeles is abbreviated as L.A. and nicknamed The City of Angels?
  • ...The 1932 and 1984 Summer Olympics were held in Los Angeles, California?
  • ...Los Angeles County is a county in California and is by far the most populous county in the United States, and contains 88 separate cities, plus many square miles of unincorporated areas?
  • ...The city is divided into many neighborhoods, many of which were incorporated places or communities that were annexed by the city?
  • ...L.A. is known as the Entertainment Capital of the World?
  • ...The contiguous ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach together comprise the fifth busiest port in the world?
  • ...The Los Angeles-Long Beach-Riverside combined statistical area is the third largest economic center in the world?
  • ...LAX is the fifth busiest airport in the world?
  • ...It is the only major city in the United States bisected by a mountain range?


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The Vincent Thomas Bridge reaching Terminal Island

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