Los Angeles County is the most populous county in California and the most populous county in the United States. The county includes 88 incorporated cities and additional unincorporated areas. Los Angeles, the county seat, is the most populous city in California and the second most populous city in the United States.
Residents enjoy 20 beaches along the Pacific Ocean, parks, state parks, professional sports, museums, botanical gardens, tourist attractions, music venues, visual and performing arts, and a wide range of outdoor activities in an idyllic climate. The temperature of the region will vary from 45ºF-85ºF over the course of the year but rarely falls below 38ºF or rises above 93ºF, according to data from Weather Spark. The county is served by 76 hospital emergency departments, 15 trauma centers, and 4 county hospitals operated by the Department of Health Services (DHS).
The population of Los Angeles County, California was 10,014,009 in 2020 and the population estimate for 2021 is 9,829,544.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, some recent statistics for Los Angeles County include:
- -1.8% growth rate from 2020-2021
- 59% of the population is aged 18-64 years
- 26.4% of the population is under 18 years
Some recent housing data from the U.S. Census Bureau indicates that:
- There were 3,342,811 households with 2.94 persons per household in 2017-2021
- There were 3,620,308 housing units as of July 1st, 2021
- The owner-occupied housing unit rate in 2017-2021 was 46.2%
- The median gross rent for 2017-2021 was $1,653
Income & Employment
The median household income between 2017-2021 was $76,367 and the total population of employed residents was 3,914,718 in 2020, according to U.S. Census data.
For investors looking to purchase multi-family units, apartment buildings, and other commercial properties in Los Angeles County, knowing the top employers in the area can be invaluable information when it comes to deciding what an ideal property location is.
Currently, the top employers of Los Angeles County include the County of Los Angeles (~106,200 employees), the Los Angeles Unified School District (~73,800 employees), the City of Los Angeles (~50,200 employees), and the University of California, Los Angeles (~50,200 employees). Other top employers (with workforces ranging from 18,000-44,700) include the Federal Government, Kaiser Permanente, the State of California, the University of Southern California, Target Corp., and Northrop Grumman Corp.
Currently, drivers rely on over 20 interstate highways and state highways because cars are the dominant mode of transportation. Los Angeles residents see rush hour occurring from 5:00am-10:00am and 3:00pm-7:00pm on weekdays. The major routes are Interstate 5, Interstate 10, and U.S. Route 101.
Other modes of public transportation include:
- Public Transit Bus: Los Angeles county is served by the Metro Bus System with over 165 bus routes. The fleet includes local buses, rapid buses, and express buses. Transit rates start at $1.75 for a single fare, $7 for a 1-Day pass and $50 for a 30-Day Pass in 2022, bus and rail.
- Public Transit Rail: Los Angeles county is served by the Metro Rail System with six rail lines (two subway and four light rails). Transit rates start at $1.75 for a single fare, $7 for a 1-Day pass, and $50 for a 30-Day Pass in 2022, bus and rail.
- Commercial Airport: Los Angeles International Airport is the largest airport in the county and the third busiest in the United States. The total number of passengers in 2021 was 48,007.284 (source law.org). Commercial airports also include the Hollywood Burbank Airport and the Long Beach Airport.
The county includes the largest amount of retail shops of any county in the United States. Of the thirty-two shopping malls in Los Angeles County, three feature over two million square feet of indoor retail space: Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance, Westfield Topanga & The Village in Canoga Park, and Lakewood Center in Lakewood.
There are also dozens of notable shopping centers that range from Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills to the Pike Outlets in Long Beach, big-box retailers, and strip malls.
Los Angeles County has 76 hospital emergency departments and 15 trauma centers. Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center is the largest provider of healthcare in Los Angeles County and one of the largest public hospitals in the United States. It is one of four LA County Hospitals operated by the Department of Health Services (DHS) listed below.
- Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center (Los Angeles, CA)
- Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (West Carson, CA)
- Olive View-UCLA Medical Center (Los Angeles, CA)
- Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center (Downey, CA)
Sports, Entertainment & Recreation
The MLB Los Angeles Dodgers play home games at Dodger Stadium in Elysian Park. The NHL Los Angeles Kings play home games at Crypto.com Arena in downtown Los Angeles. The NBA Los Angeles Clippers, NBA Los Angeles Lakers, and WNBA Los Angeles Sparks play home games at the Crypto.com Arena in downtown Los Angeles. The NFL Los Angeles Chargers and NFL Los Angeles Rams play home games at SoFI Stadium in Inglewood.
Residents enjoy a wide variety of outdoor recreational opportunities at 181 parks and 20 beaches along the Pacific Ocean managed by the county and dozens of skateboarding parks in various cities. Amusement parks include Universal Studios Hollywood in Universal City, Raging Waters in San Dimas, and Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia.
The performing arts and music venues include the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts in Cerritos (with opera, cabaret, jazz, dance, drama, and musicals), the Hollywood Bowl in the Hollywood Hills (an outdoor amphitheater recognized as one of the best live music venues in America by Rolling Stone magazine) the Kia Forum in Inglewood (former home of the LA Clippers and LA Kings, now a multipurpose indoor venue) the Whisky a Go GO in West Hollywood (a historic nightclub which opened in 1964) and the Music Center in downtown Los Angeles (the 22-acre campus has four theatres, includes the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion).
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