Los Angeles County, California
|Los Angeles County, California|
|County of Los Angeles|
|Nickname(s): "L.A. County"|
Map of Los Angeles County, with incorporated areas (islands not shown in actual positions); inset- location of the county in California
California's location in the contiguous United States
|Country||United States of America|
|Metro area||Greater Los Angeles Area|
|Formed||February 18, 1850|
|Named for||City of Los Angeles|
|County seat||Los Angeles|
|Largest city||Los Angeles|
|• Body||Board of Supervisors|
|• Board of Supervisors|
|• Chief executive officer||William T Fujioka|
|• Total||4,751 sq mi (12,310 km2)|
|• Land||4,058 sq mi (10,510 km2)|
|• Water||693 sq mi (1,790 km2)|
|Highest elevation||10,068 ft (3,069 m)|
|Lowest elevation||0 ft (0 m)|
|Population (April 1, 2010)|
|• Estimate (2014)||10,116,705|
|• Density||2,100/sq mi (800/km2)|
|Time zone||Pacific Time Zone (UTC-8)|
|• Summer (DST)||Pacific Daylight Time (UTC-7)|
|ZIP codes||90001–90899, 91001–93599|
|Area codes||213, 310/424, 323, 562, 626, 661, 747/818, 909|
|GNIS feature ID||277283|
Los Angeles County, also known as L.A. County, officially the County of Los Angeles, is a county in the U.S. state of California. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, the county has a population of 9,818,605, making it the most populous county in the United States. Los Angeles County alone is more populous than 43 individual U.S. states. The county seat is the city of Los Angeles; it is the largest city in California and the second-largest city in the United States.
Los Angeles County also includes two offshore islands, San Clemente and Santa Catalina. The county is home to 88 incorporated cities and many unincorporated areas. At 4,083 square miles (10,570 km2), it is larger than the combined areas of the states of Rhode Island and Delaware.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Transportation
- 4 Demographics
- 5 Economy
- 6 Law, government and politics
- 7 Crime
- 8 Education
- 9 Sites of interest
- 10 Communities
- 11 See also
- 12 Notes
- 13 References
- 14 External links
Los Angeles County was organized as one of the original counties of California, created at the time of statehood in 1850. The county's large area included parts of what are now Kern, San Bernardino, Riverside and Orange counties. With increased population, sections were split off to organize San Bernardino County in 1853, Kern County in 1866, and Orange County in 1889. In 1893, part of San Bernardino County became Riverside County.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 4,751 square miles (12,310 km2), of which 4,058 square miles (10,510 km2) is land and 693 square miles (1,790 km2) (14.6%) is water. Los Angeles County borders 70 miles (110 km) of coast on the Pacific Ocean and encompasses towering mountain ranges, deep valleys, forests, islands, lakes, rivers, and desert. The Los Angeles River, Rio Hondo, the San Gabriel River and the Santa Clara River flow in Los Angeles County, while the primary mountain ranges are the Santa Monica Mountains and the San Gabriel Mountains. The western extent of the Mojave Desert begins in the Antelope Valley, in the northeastern part of the county. Most of the population of Los Angeles County is located in the south and southwest, with major population centers in the Los Angeles Basin, San Fernando Valley and San Gabriel Valley. Other population centers are found in the Santa Clarita Valley, Crescenta Valley and Antelope Valley.
The county is divided west-to-east by the rugged San Gabriel Mountains, filled with coniferous forests and subject to plentiful snowfall in the winter. The San Gabriel Mountains are part of the Transverse Ranges of southern California, and are contained mostly within the Angeles National Forest. Most of the highest peaks in the county are located in the San Gabriel Mountains, including Mount San Antonio (10,068 ft) at the Los Angeles-San Bernardino county lines, Mount Baden-Powell (9,399 ft), Mount Burnham (8,997 ft), and the well-known Mount Wilson (5,710 ft) where the Mount Wilson Observatory is located. Several smaller, lower mountains are located in the northern, western, and southwestern parts of the county, including the San Emigdio Mountains, the southernmost part of Tehachapi Mountains, and the Sierra Pelona Mountains.
Lakes and reservoirs
Major divisions of the county
- East: Eastside, San Gabriel Valley, Pomona Valley (which is geographically part of the Inland Empire).
- West: Westside, Beach Cities
- South: South Bay, Palos Verdes Peninsula, South Los Angeles, Gateway Cities, Los Angeles Harbor Region
- North: San Fernando Valley, portions of the Conejo Valley, portions of the Antelope Valley and Santa Clarita Valley
- Central: Downtown Los Angeles, Mid-Wilshire
National protected areas
- Angeles National Forest (part)
- Los Padres National Forest (part)
- Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (part)
- Interstate 5
- Interstate 105
- Interstate 405
- Interstate 605
- Interstate 10
- Interstate 110
- Interstate 210
- Interstate 710
- U.S. Route 101
- State Route 1
- State Route 2
- State Route 14
- State Route 18
- State Route 19
- State Route 22
- State Route 23
- State Route 27
- State Route 39
- State Route 47
- State Route 57
- State Route 60
- State Route 66
- State Route 71
- State Route 72
- State Route 90
- State Route 91
- State Route 103
- State Route 107
- State Route 110
- State Route 118
- State Route 126
- State Route 134
- State Route 138
- State Route 170
- State Route 187
- State Route 210
- State Route 213
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), located in the Westchester district, is the primary commercial airport for commercial airlines in the county and the Greater Los Angeles Area. LAX is operated by Los Angeles World Airports, an agency of the City of Los Angeles. Other important commercial airports in Los Angeles County include:
- Long Beach Municipal Airport operated by the City of Long Beach
- Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, operated by the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority
- LA/Palmdale Regional Airport in Palmdale, also operated by Los Angeles World Airports. Palmdale Airport is planned for expanded commercial service to serve the Antelope Valley. The airport is a separate facility on the grounds of Air Force Plant 42.
The following general aviation airports also are located in Los Angeles County:
- County operated airports (Department of Public Works, Aviation Division)
- Compton/Woodley Airport in Compton
- San Gabriel Valley Airport in El Monte
- Brackett Field in La Verne
- Whiteman Airport in Pacoima
- General William J. Fox Airfield in Lancaster
- City operated airports
- Van Nuys Airport in Van Nuys, also operated by LAWA. Van Nuys Airport sees significant executive jet air traffic.
- Santa Monica Airport in Santa Monica, which also has major executive jet traffic.
- Hawthorne Municipal Airport, also known as Jack Northrop Field, in Hawthorne
- Zamperini Field in Torrance
- Portions of Edwards Air Force Base, located at the northern edge of the county, and
- Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, sharing runways with LA/Palmdale Regional.
Los Angeles is a major freight railroad transportation center, largely due to the large volumes of freight moving in and out of the county's port facilities. The ports are connected to the downtown rail yards and to the main lines of Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe headed east via a grade-separated, freight rail corridor known as the Alameda Corridor.
Amtrak has the following intercity Amtrak service at Union Station in the city of Los Angeles.
- The Pacific Surfliner to Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and San Diego.
- The Coast Starlight to Seattle
- The Southwest Chief to Chicago
- The Sunset Limited to New Orleans and Orlando
Union Station is also the primary hub for Metrolink commuter rail, which serves much of the Greater Los Angeles Area.
Light rail, subway (heavy rail), and long-distance bus service are all provided by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro).
The county's two main seaports are the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach. Together they handle over a quarter of all container traffic entering the United States, making the complex the largest and most important port in the country, and the third-largest port in the world by shipping volume.
The Port of Los Angeles is the largest cruise ship center on the West Coast, handling more than 1 million passengers annually.
The Port of Long Beach is home to the Sea Launch program, which uses a floating launch platform to insert payloads into orbits that would be difficult to attain from existing land-based launch sites.
Los Angeles County had a population of 9,818,605 as of the 2010 United States Census. The racial makeup of Los Angeles County was 4,936,599 (50%) White, 1,346,865 (13.7%) Asian, 856,874 (9%) African American, 72,828 (0.7%) Native American, 26,094 (0.3%) Pacific Islander, 2,140,632 (21.8%) from other races, and 438,713 (4.5%) from two or more races.
Non-Hispanic whites numbered 2,728,321, or 28% of the population. Hispanic or Latino residents of any race numbered 4,687,889 (48%); 36% of Los Angeles County's population was of Mexican ancestry; 3.7% Salvadoran, and 2.2% Guatemalan heritage.
Los Angeles County has a large population of Asian Americans, being home to the largest concentration of immigrants who are Burmese, Cambodian, Chinese, Filipino, Indonesian, Korean, Sri Lankan, Taiwanese, and Thai in the world. The largest Asian groups of the 1,346,865 (13.7%) Asians in Los Angeles County are 4.0% Chinese, 3.3% Filipino, 2.2% Korean, 1.0% Japanese, 0.9% Vietnamese, 0.8% Indian, and 0.3% Cambodian.
|U.S. Decennial Census
Race and ancestry
|Population, race, and income (2011)|
|Black or African American||844,048||8.6%|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||49,329||0.5%|
|Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander||26,310||0.3%|
|Some other race||2,064,759||21.1%|
|Two or more races||329,152||3.4%|
|Hispanic or Latino (of any race)||4,644,328||47.5%|
|Per capita income||$27,954|
|Median household income||$56,266|
|Median family income||$62,595|
The racial makeup of the county is 48.7% White 11.0% African American, 0.8% Native American, 10.0% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 23.5% from other races, and 4.9% from two or more races. 44.6% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race. The largest European-American ancestry groups are German (6%), Irish (5%), English (4%) and Italian (3%). 45.9% of the population reported speaking only English at home; 37.9% spoke Spanish, 2.22% Tagalog, 2.0% Chinese, 1.9% Korean, and 1.87% Armenian.
The county has the largest Native American population of any county in the nation: according to the 2000 census, it has more than 153,550 people of indigenous descent, and most are from Latin America.
As estimated by the Public Policy Institute of California in 2008, Los Angeles County is home to more than one-third of California's illegal immigrants, who make up more than ten percent of the population.
As of the census of 2000, there were 9,519,338 people, 3,133,774 households, and 2,137,233 families residing in the county. The population density was 2,344 people per square mile (905/km²). There were 3,270,909 housing units at an average density of 806 per square mile (311/km²).
There were 3,133,774 households out of which 37% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48% were married couples living together, 15% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32% were non-families. 25% of all households were made up of individuals and 7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.98 and the average family size was 3.61.
In the county the population was spread out with 28% under the age of 18, 10% from 18 to 24, 33% from 25 to 44, 19% from 45 to 64, and 10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 97.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.0 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $42,189, and the median income for a family was $46,452. Males had a median income of $36,299 versus $30,981 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,683. There are 14.4% of families living below the poverty line and 17.9% of the population, including 24.2% of under 18 and 10.5% of those over 64. Los Angeles County has the highest number of millionaires of any county in the nation, totaling 261,081 households as of 2007.
The homeownership rate is 47.9%, and the median value for houses is $409,300. 42.2% of housing units are in multi-unit structures. Los Angeles County has the largest number of homeless people, with "48,000 people living on the streets, including 6,000 veterans."
As of 2000, there are hundreds of Christian churches, 202 Jewish synagogues, 145 Buddhist temples, 48 Muslim mosques, 44 Bahai worship centers, 37 Hindu temples, 28 Tenrikyo churches and fellowships, 16 Shinto worship centers, and 14 Sikh gurdwaras in the county. The Los Angeles Archdiocese has approximately 5 million members and is the largest in the United States.
Los Angeles County is commonly associated with the entertainment industry; all six major film studios—Paramount Pictures, 21st Century Fox, Sony, Warner Bros., Universal Pictures, and Walt Disney Studios—are located within the county. Beyond motion picture and television program production, other major industries of Los Angeles County are international trade supported by the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach, music recording and production, aerospace, and professional services such as law and medicine.
The following major companies have headquarters in Los Angeles County:
Law, government and politics
The Government of Los Angeles County is defined and authorized under the California Constitution, California law and the Charter of the County of Los Angeles. Much of the Government of California is in practice the responsibility of local governments such as the Government of Los Angeles County.
The county's voters elect a governing five-member Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. The small size of the board means each supervisor represents over 2 million people. The board operates in a legislative, executive, and quasi-judicial capacity. As a legislative authority, it can pass ordinances for the unincorporated areas (ordinances that affect the whole county, like posting of restaurant ratings, must be ratified by the individual city). As an executive body, it can tell the county departments what to do, and how to do it. As a quasi-judicial body, the Board is the final venue of appeal in the local planning process, and holds public hearings on various agenda items.
As of 2008, the Board of Supervisors oversees a $22.5 billion annual budget and approximately 100,000 employees. The county government is managed on a day-to-day basis by a Chief Executive Officer, William T Fujioka, and is organized into many departments, each of which is enormous in comparison to equivalent county-level (and even many state-level) departments anywhere else in the United States. Some of the larger or better-known departments include:
- Los Angeles County Department of Consumer Affairs – offers consumers in the county a variety of services including: consumer and real estate counseling, mediation, and small claims counseling. The department also investigates: consumer complains, real estate fraud and identity theft issues.
- Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services – administers foster care
- Los Angeles County Fire Department – provides fire protection, suppression, and prevention as well as emergency medical services
- Los Angeles County Department of Health Services – operates several county hospitals and a network of primary care clinics,
- Los Angeles County Department of Public Health - administers public health programs including STD programs, smoking cessation, and restaurant inspection. In the majority of the county LACDPH puts letter grades relating to the food cleanliness and safety of a restaurant in the front window of restaurants.
- Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services – administers many federal and state welfare programs
- Los Angeles County Department of Public Works – operates countywide flood control system, constructs and maintains roads in unincorporated areas
- Los Angeles County District Attorney – prosecutes criminal suspects
- Los Angeles County Probation Department
- Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department – provides law enforcement services to unincorporated areas and cities that do not have their own police departments, and operates the county jails. The LASD is the largest county Sheriff's Department in the United States.
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, despite its name, is not a County department. Technically it is a state-mandated county transportation commission that also operates bus and rail.
|2012||27.8% 885,333||69.7% 2,216,903||2.5% 77,378|
|2008||28.8% 956,425||69.2% 2,295,853||2.0% 65,970|
|2004||35.6% 1,076,225||63.2% 1,907,736||1.3% 39,319|
|2000||32.4% 871,930||63.5% 1,710,505||4.2% 112,719|
|1996||31.0% 746,544||59.3% 1,430,629||9.7% 233,841|
|1992||29.0% 799,607||52.5% 1,446,529||18.4% 507,267|
|1988||46.9% 1,239,716||51.9% 1,372,352||1.2% 32,603|
|1984||54.5% 1,424,113||44.4% 1,158,912||1.1% 29,889|
|1980||50.2% 1,224,533||40.2% 979,830||9.7% 235,822|
|1976||47.8% 1,174,926||49.7% 1,221,893||2.5% 62,258|
|1972||54.8% 1,549,717||42.0% 1,189,977||3.2% 90,676|
|1968||47.6% 1,266,480||46.0% 1,223,251||6.3% 168,251|
|1964||42.5% 1,161,067||57.4% 1,568,300||0.1% 1,551|
|1960||49.4% 1,302,661||50.2% 1,323,818||0.3% 8,020|
|1956||55.4% 1,260,206||44.3% 1,007,887||0.3% 7,331|
|1952||56.2% 1,278,407||42.7% 971,408||1.1% 24,725|
|1948||46.5% 804,232||47.0% 812,690||6.5% 112,160|
|1944||42.7% 666,441||56.8% 886,252||0.6% 8,871|
|1940||40.6% 574,266||58.1% 822,718||1.3% 18,285|
|1936||31.6% 357,401||67.0% 757,351||1.4% 15,663|
|1932||38.6% 373,738||57.2% 554,476||4.3% 41,380|
|1928||70.2% 513,526||28.7% 209,945||1.1% 7,830|
|1924||65.5% 299,675||7.3% 33,554||27.2% 124,228|
|1920||69.1% 178,117||21.6% 55,661||9.3% 23,992|
Voter registration statistics
|Population and registered voters|
|Registered voters[note 1]||4,865,403||49.7%|
|Peace and Freedom||24,950||0.5%|
|No party preference||881,307||18.1%|
Los Angeles County has voted for the Democratic candidate in most of the presidential elections in the past four decades, although it did vote twice for Dwight Eisenhower (1952, 1956), Richard Nixon (1968, 1972), and Ronald Reagan (1980, 1984) the latter two of whom were Californians. From 1920 to 1984 it was a bellwether county that always voted for the eventual national winner. Los Angeles went against the overall national picture in 1988, 2000 and 2004. In 2008 and 2012 approximately 69% of the electorate voted for Democrat Barack Obama.
In the United States House of Representatives, Los Angeles County is split between 18 congressional districts: In the California State Senate, Los Angeles County is split between 15 legislative districts: In the California State Assembly, Los Angeles County is split between 24 legislative districts:
On November 4, 2008, Los Angeles County was almost evenly split over Proposition 8 which amended the California Constitution to ban same-sex marriages. The county voted for the amendment 50.1% with a margin of 2,385 votes.
The Los Angeles Superior Court, has jurisdiction over all cases arising under state law, while the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California hears all federal cases. Both are headquartered in a large cluster of government buildings in the city's Civic Center.
Historically, the courthouses were county-owned buildings that were maintained at county expense, which created significant friction since the trial court judges, as officials of the state government, had to lobby the county Board of Supervisors for facility renovations and upgrades. In turn, the state judiciary successfully persuaded the state Legislature to authorize the transfer of all courthouses to the state government in 2008 and 2009 (so that judges would have direct control over their own courthouses). Courthouse security is still provided by the county government under a contract with the state.
Unlike the largest city in the United States, New York City, all of the city of Los Angeles and most of its important suburbs are located within a single county. As a result, both the county superior court and the federal district court are respectively the busiest courts of their type in the nation.
Many celebrities like O. J. Simpson have been seen in Los Angeles courts. In 2003, the television show Extra (based in nearby Glendale) found itself running so many reports on the legal problems of local celebrities that it spun them off into a separate show, Celebrity Justice.
State cases are appealed to the Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District, which is also headquartered in the Civic Center, and then to the California Supreme Court, which is headquartered in San Francisco but also hears argument in Los Angeles (again, in the Civic Center). Federal cases are appealed to the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which hears them at its branch building in Pasadena. The court of last resort for federal cases is the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.
The following table includes the number of incidents reported and the rate per 1,000 persons for each type of offense.
|Population and crime rates|
|Motor vehicle theft||46,710||4.77|
Cities by population and crime rates
|Cities by population and crime rates|
|City||Population||Violent crimes||Violent crime rate
per 1,000 persons
|Property crimes||Property crime rate
per 1,000 persons
|La Canada Flintridge||20,584||12||0.58||324||15.74|
|La Habra Heights||5,413||6||1.11||44||8.13|
|Palos Verdes Estates||13,661||6||0.44||136||9.96|
|Rancho Palos Verdes||42,335||35||0.83||498||11.76|
|Rolling Hills Estates||8,202||9||1.10||129||15.73|
|Santa Fe Springs||16,492||99||6.00||1,272||77.13|
|South El Monte||20,452||88||4.30||399||19.51|
Crime in 2008 (reported by the sheriff's office or police)
- Assaults: 5452
- Auto thefts: 7727
- Burglaries: 5254
- Murders: 568 (5.7 per 100,000)
- Rapes: 582
- Robberies: 2210
- Thefts: 9682
Crime in 2013
- Homicides: 386
- Thefts: 54,971 
- Burglaries: 17,606
- Car Thefts: 15,866
- Robberies: 10,202
- Violent Crimes: 20,318
- Rapes: 843
- Assaults: 8,976
- Murders: 297
The Los Angeles County Office of Education provides a supporting role for school districts in the area. The county office also operates two magnet schools, the International Polytechnic High School and Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. There are a number of private schools in the county, most notably those operated by the Los Angeles Archdiocese.
- Antelope Valley College, Lancaster
- Art Center College of Design, Pasadena
- The Art Institute of California - Los Angeles (AICALA), Santa Monica
- California Institute of the Arts, Santa Clarita
- Cerritos College, Norwalk
- Citrus College, Glendora
- Claremont McKenna College, Claremont
- Claremont School of Theology, Claremont
- College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita
- DeVry University, Long Beach and West Hills (Los Angeles)
- East Los Angeles College, Monterey Park
- El Camino College, Torrance
- Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena
- Glendale Community College, Glendale
- Harvey Mudd College, Claremont
- Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles
- ITT Technical Institute, Culver City, San Dimas, Sylmar (Los Angeles), Torrance, and West Covina
- Life Pacific College, San Dimas
- Long Beach City College, Long Beach
- Los Angeles City College (LACC), Los Angeles
- Los Angeles Harbor College, Los Angeles
- Los Angeles Mission College, Sylmar (Los Angeles)
- Los Angeles Music Academy College of Music, Pasadena
- Los Angeles Pierce College (Pierce), Woodland Hills
- Los Angeles Southwest College, Los Angeles
- Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC), Los Angeles
- Los Angeles Valley College, Valley Glen (Los Angeles)
- The Master's College, Santa Clarita
- Mount St. Mary's College, Los Angeles
- Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut
- Mt. Sierra College, Monrovia
- Occidental College (Oxy), Eagle Rock (Los Angeles)
- Otis College of Art and Design, Westchester (Los Angeles)
- Pacific Oaks College, Pasadena
- Pasadena City College, Pasadena
- Pitzer College, Claremont
- Pomona College, Claremont
- Rio Hondo College, Whittier
- Santa Monica College (SMC), Santa Monica
- Scripps College, Claremont
- West Los Angeles College, Culver City
- Whittier College, Whittier
- Wyoming Technical Institute (WyoTech), Long Beach
- American Jewish University (AJULA), Los Angeles
- Azusa Pacific University, Azusa
- Biola University, La Mirada
- California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena
- California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, (Cal Poly Pomona), Pomona
- California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH), Carson
- California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), Long Beach
- California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA), Los Angeles
- California State University, Northridge (CSUN), Northridge (Los Angeles)
- Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (Los Angeles)
- Claremont Graduate University, (CGU)
- Loyola Law School, (Downtown Los Angeles)
- Loyola Marymount University (LMU), Westchester (Los Angeles)
- National University, Los Angeles and Woodland Hills
- Pepperdine University, Malibu
- Southern California University of Health Sciences, Whittier
- Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Los Angeles
- Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles
- University of Antelope Valley (UAV), Lancaster
- University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Westwood (Los Angeles)
- University of La Verne, La Verne
- University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles
- University of the West (UWest), Rosemead
- Western University of Health Sciences (WesternU), Pomona
- Woodbury University, Burbank
Sites of interest
The county's most visited park is Griffith Park, owned by the city of Los Angeles. The county is also known for the annual Rose Parade in Pasadena, the annual Los Angeles County Fair in Pomona, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Los Angeles Zoo, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the La Brea Tar Pits, the Arboretum of Los Angeles, and two horse racetracks and two car racetracks (Pomona Raceway and Irwindale Speedway), also the RMS Queen Mary located in Long Beach, and the Long Beach Grand Prix, and miles of beaches—from Zuma to Cabrillo.
Venice Beach is a popular attraction where its Muscle Beach used to find throngs of tourists admiring "hardbodies". Today it is more arts-centered. Santa Monica's pier is a well known tourist spot, famous for its ferris wheel and bumper car rides, which were featured in the introductory segment of the television sitcom Three's Company. Further north in Pacific Palisades one finds the beaches used in the television series Baywatch. The fabled Malibu, home of many a film or television star, lies west of it.
In the mountain, canyon, and desert areas one may find Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park, where many old westerns were filmed. Mount Wilson Observatory in the San Gabriel Mountains is open for the public to view astronomical stars from its telescope, now computer-assisted. Many county residents find relaxation in water skiing and swimming at Castaic Lake Recreation Area – the county's largest park by area – as well as enjoying natural surroundings and starry nights at Saddleback Butte State Park in the eastern Antelope Valley – California State Parks' largest in area within the county. The California Poppy Reserve is located in the western Antelope Valley and shows off the State's flower in great quantity on its rolling hills every spring.
- Battleship USS Iowa, Los Angeles Waterfront
- California Science Center, Los Angeles (formerly the Museum of Science and Industry)
- Huntington Library, San Marino
- Long Beach Museum of Art in the historic Elizabeth Milbank Anderson residence
- Los Angeles Children's Museum
- Los Angeles County Fire Museum, in Bellflower
- Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Mid-City, Los Angeles
- Museum of Contemporary Art, Downtown Los Angeles (founded in 1950); The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Downtown Los Angeles (founded in 1980)
- Museum of Jurassic Technology, Culver City
- Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach
- Museum of Neon Art
- Museum of the American West (Gene Autry Museum), in Griffith Park
- Museum of Tolerance
- Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
- Pasadena Museum of California Art, in Pasadena
- J. Paul Getty Center, Brentwood (Ancient Roman, Greek, and European Renaissance Art)
- J. Paul Getty Villa, Pacific Palisades, Getty's original house
- George C. Page Museum at La Brea Tar Pits
- Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica (Contemporary art)
- Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena (19th- and early 20th-century art)
- Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles
- Southwest Museum
- California Plaza
- Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts
- Disney Concert Hall
- Greek Theatre
- Pantages Theatre
- Hollywood Bowl
- Hollywood Palladium
- House of Blues Sunset Strip
- John Anson Ford Amphitheatre
- The Orpheum Theatre
- The Roxy Theatre
- Royce Hall (UCLA)
- The Music Box
- El Rey Theatre
- Staples Center
- The Troubadour
- The Wiltern
- Whisky a Go Go
- Gibson Amphitheatre
- Raging Waters
- Six Flags Magic Mountain
- Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
- Universal Studios Hollywood
- Pacific Park
- Ridge Route
- Angeles National Forest
- Mount Wilson Observatory
- Malibu Creek State Park
- Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park
- Plant 42's Blackbird Airpark and Heritage Airpark
- Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve
- Cortes Bank
- Santa Catalina Island
- Mojave Desert
- Saddleback Butte State Park
- Antelope Valley Indian Museum State Historic Park
- Arthur B. Ripley Desert Woodland State Park
There are 88 incorporated cities in Los Angeles County. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the most populous are: 
Despite the large number of incorporated cities, most of the area of the county is unincorporated, and falls directly under the county government's jurisdiction. There are 140 County-recognized unincorporated communities. The Board of Supervisors is their "city council" and the supervisor representing the area the "mayor." County departments provide the municipal services. Some unincorporated areas may have town councils which provide advisory services to local supervisors and government officials.
Census designated places
- Agua Dulce
- Alondra Park
- Avocado Heights
- Charter Oak
- Del Aire
- Desert View Highlands
- East Los Angeles
- East Pasadena
- East Rancho Dominguez
- East San Gabriel
- East Whittier
- Elizabeth Lake
- Green Valley
- Hacienda Heights
- Hasley Canyon
- La Crescenta-Montrose
- Ladera Heights
- Lake Hughes
- Lake Los Angeles
- Leona Valley
- Marina del Rey
- Mayflower Village
- North El Monte
- Quartz Hill
- Rose Hills
- Rowland Heights
- San Pasqual
- South Monrovia Island
- South San Gabriel
- South San Jose Hills
- South Whittier
- Stevenson Ranch
- Sun Village
- Val Verde
- View Park-Windsor Hills
- Walnut Park
- West Athens
- West Carson
- West Rancho Dominguez
- West Puente Valley
- West Whittier-Los Nietos
- List of museums in Los Angeles
- List of museums in Los Angeles County, California
- List of school districts in Los Angeles County, California
- List of schools in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Los Angeles County, California
- Percentage of registered voters with respect to total population. Percentages of party members with respect to registered voters follow.
- Only larceny-theft cases involving property over $400 in value are reported as property crimes.
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- Mount San Antonio in the San Gabriel Mountains, on border with San Bernardino County.
- Sea level at the Pacific Ocean.
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