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Metropolitan Los Angeles

For the larger urbanized area including Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura Counties, see Greater Los Angeles Area.

Coordinates: 34°N 118°W / 34°N 118°W / 34; -118

Los Angeles–Long Beach–Anaheim

Common name: Los Angeles Metropolitan Area
Largest city Los Angeles
Other cities  - Long Beach
 - Anaheim
 - Santa Ana
 - Irvine
 - Glendale
 - Huntington Beach
 - Santa Clarita
Population  Ranked 2nd in the U.S.
 – Total 12,828,837 (2010)
 – Density 2,645.0/sq. mi. 
Area 4,850.3 sq. mi.
12,519.6 km2
Country  United States
State(s)  California
 – Highest point Mount San Antonio 10,068 feet (3,069 m)
 – Lowest point Wilmington −9 feet (-3 m)

The Los Angeles metropolitan area, also known as Metropolitan Los Angeles or the Southland,[1] is the 13th largest metropolitan area in the world and the second-largest metropolitan area in the United States.[2] It is entirely located in the southern portion of the U.S. State of California.

The metropolitan area is defined by the Office of Management and Budget as the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), consisting of Los Angeles and Orange counties, a metropolitan statistical area used for statistical purposes by the United States Census Bureau and other agencies.[3] Its land area is 4,850 sq. mi (12,562 km²).

Los Angeles and Orange counties are the first and third most populous counties in California respectively, and Los Angeles, with 9,819,000 people in 2010, is the most populous county in the United States. The combined Los Angeles metropolitan area is home to 18.2 million people, making it the most populous metropolitan area in the western United States and the largest in area in the United States. The metro area has at its core the most densely populated urbanized area in the United States, Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, an urbanized area defined by the Census Bureau and with a population 12,150,996 as of the 2010 Census.

The Census Bureau also defines a wider region based on commuting patterns, the Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA Combined Statistical Area (CSA), more commonly known as the Greater Los Angeles Area, with an estimated population of 18,238,998.[4] This includes the three additional counties of Ventura, Riverside, and San Bernardino. The total land area of the combined statistical area is 33,955 sq. mi (87,945 km²).


The counties and county groupings comprising the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area are listed below with 2012 U.S. Bureau of the Census estimates of their populations.[5]

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area (12,828,837)

  • Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division (9,818,605)
  • Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division (3,010,232)

Major divisions of the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area

In addition to the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area, the following Metropolitan Statistical Areas are also included in the Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA Combined Statistical Area (total pop. 18,238,998):[5]

Urban areas of the region

Westwood in the foreground.

The Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA CSA is a multicore metropolitan region containing several urban areas.

Urban areas

The combined statistical area is a multicore metropolitan region containing several urban areas.

Urbanized Area 2010
2 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim 12,150,996
22 Riverside-San Bernardino 1,932,666
69 Mission Viejo-Lake Forest-San Clemente 583,681
87 Murrieta-Temecula-Menifee 441,546
103 Oxnard 367,260
111 Indio-Cathedral City 345,580
112 Lancaster-Palmdale 341,219
114 Victorville-Hesperia 328,454
146 Santa Clarita 258,653
168 Thousand Oaks 214,811
205 Hemet 163,379
254 Simi Valley 125,206
386 Camarillo 71,772


Principal cities

The following is a list of cities with populations over 50,000 in the Los Angeles metropolitan area with 2011 United States Census Bureau estimates of their population.[6] Cities in bold are considered principal cities of the metropolitan area by the Census Bureau, which represent significant employment centers:[7]


The economy of the Los Angeles metropolitan area is famously and heavily based on the entertainment industry, with a particular focus on television, motion pictures, interactive games, and recorded music - the Hollywood district of Los Angeles and its surrounding areas are known as the "movie capital of the United States" due to the region's extreme commercial and historical importance to the American motion picture industry. Other significant sectors include shipping/international trade - particularly at the adjacent Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach, together comprising the United States' busiest seaport - as well as aerospace, technology, petroleum, fashion and apparel, and tourism.

The City of Los Angeles is home to five Fortune 500 companies - energy company Occidental Petroleum, healthcare provider Health Net, metals distributor Reliance Steel & Aluminum, engineering firm AECOM, and real estate group CB Richard Ellis.

Other companies headquartered in Los Angeles include City National Bank, 20th Century Fox, Latham & Watkins, Univision, Metro Interactive, LLC, Premier America, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, DeviantArt,[8] Guess?, O’Melveny & Myers; Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, Tokyopop, The Jim Henson Company, Paramount Pictures, Sunkist Growers, Incorporated, Tutor Perini, Fox Sports Net, Capital Group, 21st century Insurance, and The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. Korean Air's US passenger and cargo operations headquarters are located in two separate offices in Los Angeles.[9]

If the Greater Los Angeles CSA were counted as a country it would have the 15th largest economy in the world in terms of nominal GDP, placing it just below Australia and above the Netherlands, Turkey, Sweden, Belgium, and Indonesia.[10] The Los Angeles-Long Beach-Riverside combined statistical area (CSA) also has a gross metropolitan product (GMP) of $831 billion (as of 2008), which makes it the third largest economic center in the world, after the Greater Tokyo Area and the New York-Newark-Bridgeport CSA.[11]

The Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach together comprise the fifth busiest port in the world being the center of imports and exports for trade on the west Pacific Coast as well as being one of the most significant ports of the western hemisphere. The Port of Los Angeles occupies 7,500 acres (30 km2) of land and water along 43 miles (69 km) of waterfront and is the busiest container port in the United States. The Port is the busiest port in the United States by container volume, the 8th busiest container port in the world.[12][13][14] The top trading partners in 2004 were:

China ($68.8 billion), Japan ($24.1 billion), Taiwan ($10.8 billion), Thailand ($6.7 billion), & South Korea ($5.6 billion)

The Port of Long Beach is the 2nd busiest container port in the United States. It adjoins the separate Port of Los Angeles. Acting as a major gateway for U.S.-Asian trade, the port occupies 3,200 acres (13 km2) of land with 25 miles (40 km) of waterfront in the city of Long Beach, California. The seaport boasts approximately $100 billion in trade and provides more than 316,000 jobs in Southern California. The Port of Long Beach import and export more than $100 billion worth of goods every year. The seaport provides the country with jobs, generate tax revenue, and supporting retail and manufacturing businesses.


Historical population
Census Pop.

According to the 2009 American Community Survey, the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area had a population of 12,874,797, of which 6,402,498 (49.7% of the population) were male and 6,472,299 (50.3% of the population) were female.

The age composition was the following:

  • Under 5 years: 7.3%
  • 5 to 9 years: 6.6%
  • 10 to 14 years: 7.0%
  • 15 to 19 years: 7.2%
  • 20 to 24 years: 7.0%
  • 25 to 34 years: 15.5%
  • 35 to 44 years: 14.8%
  • 45 to 54 years: 13.9%
  • 55 to 59 years: 5.5%
  • 60 to 64 years: 4.4%
  • 65 to 74 years: 5.6%
  • 75 to 84 years: 3.6%
  • 85 years and over: 1.6%

Median age: 34.6 years

According to the survey, the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area was 54.6% White (32.2% non-Hispanic White alone), 7.0% Black or African American, 0.5% American Indian and Alaska Native, 13.9% Asian, 0.3% Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, 20.6% from Some other race, and 3.2% from Two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race made up 44.8% of the population.

Whites are the racial majority; whites of both Hispanic and non-Hispanic origin make up 54.6% of the population. Non-Hispanic whites make up under one-third (32.2%) of the population. Approximately 7,028,533 residents are white, of which 4,150,426 are non-Hispanic whites.

The top five European ancestries are the following:

Blacks are a sizable minority; blacks of both Hispanic and non-Hispanic origin make up 7.0% of the population. Non-Hispanic blacks make up 6.7% of the population. Approximately 895,931 residents are black, of which 864,737 are non-Hispanic blacks. In the survey, 136,024 people identified their ancestry as "Sub-Saharan African", equal to 1.1% of the population.

American Indians are a small minority; American Indians of both Hispanic and non-Hispanic origin make up 0.5% of the population. American Indians of non-Hispanic origin make up 0.2% of the populace. Approximately 68,822 residents are American Indian, of which 26,134 are American Indians of non-Hispanic origin. Approximately 3,872 Cherokee, 1,679 Navajo, 1,000 Chippewa, and 965 Sioux reside in the area.

Asians are a large minority; Asians of both Hispanic and non-Hispanic origin make up 13.9% of the population. Asians of non-Hispanic origin make up 13.7% of the population. Approximately 1,790,140 residents are Asian, of which 1,770,225 are Asians of non-Hispanic origin.

The six Asian ancestries mentioned are the following:

"Other Asian" is an additional category that includes people who did not identify themselves as any of the groups above. This group includes people of Cambodian, Laotian, Pakistani, Burmese, Taiwanese, and Thai descent, among others. Approximately 166,665 people are in this category, and they make up 1.3% of the population.

Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders are a very small minority; Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders make up 0.3% of the population. Approximately 37,719 residents are Native Hawaiian or of other Pacific Islander ancestries, of which 33,982 are of non-Hispanic origin.

The three Pacific Islander ancestries mentioned are the following:

"Other Pacific Islander" is an additional category that includes people who did not identify themselves as any of the groups above. This group includes people of Fijian and Tongan descent, among others. Approximately 12,764 people are in this category, and they make up 0.1% of the population.

Multiracial individuals are a sizable minority; multiracial people of both Hispanic and non-Hispanic origin make up 3.2% of the population, of which 1.8% were of non-Hispanic origin. Approximately 405,568 people are multiracial, of which 228,238 are of non-Hispanic origin.

The four multiracial ancestries mentioned are the following:

  • White and Asian: 0.8% (107,585)
  • White and American Indian: 0.4% (55,960)
  • White and Black or African American: 0.4% (53,476)
  • Black or African American and American Indian: 0.1% (12,661)

Hispanic or Latinos, are, by far, the largest minority group; Hispanics or Latinos make up 44.8% of the population. They do not make up a majority, but they make up a plurality, outnumbering every other individual racial group. Approximately 5,763,181 residents are Hispanic or Latino.

The three Hispanic or Latino ancestries mentioned are the following:

"Other Hispanic or Latino" is an additional category that includes people who did not identify themselves as any of the groups above. This group include people of Costa Rican, Salvadoran, and Colombian descent, among others. Approximately 1,096,569 people are in this category, and they make up 8.5% of the population.

Source 1:[15]

Source 2:[16]


Due to L.A.'s stance as The Entertainment Capital of the World, there are an abundance of tourist attractions in the area. Consequently, the metropolitan L.A. is one of the most visited areas in the world. Here is a breakdown of some of its major attractions:

Theme parks



Motion picture studios


Zoos and aquariums



See also, Los Angeles City Museums

Presidential Museums



Commercial airports

Airport IATA code ICAO code County
Los Angeles International Airport LAX KLAX Los Angeles
John Wayne Airport SNA KSNA Orange
Bob Hope Airport BUR KBUR Los Angeles
Long Beach Municipal Airport LGB KLGB Los Angeles


  • Interstate 5)
  • Interstate 10)
  • Interstate 105)
  • Interstate 110)
  • Interstate 210)
  • Interstate 405)
  • Interstate 605)
  • Interstate 710)

California State Highways

Los Angeles County Metro

The Los Angeles County Metro Rail is the mass transit rail system of Los Angeles County. It is run by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and its system runs five rail lines throughout Los Angeles County. Metro Rail currently operates four light rail lines and two rapid transit subway lines, altogether totaling 87.7 miles (141.1 km) of rail, 101 stations, and over 360,000 daily weekday boardings as of December 2012.[18]

The systems light rail system is the second busiest LRT system in the United States, after Boston, by number of riders, with 200,300 average weekday boardings during the third quarter of 2012.[19]

Since the region of the city is in close proximity to a major fault area the tunnels were built to resist earthquakes of up to magnitude 7.5. Both subway lines use an electrified third rail to provide power to the trains, rendering these lines unusable on the other three. The Blue and Gold Lines run mostly at grade, with some street-running, elevated, and underground stretches in the more densely populated areas of Los Angeles. The Green Line is entirely grade separated, running in the median of I-105 and then turning southward along an elevated route.

The rail lines run regularly on a 5 am and midnight schedule, seven days a week. Limited service on particular segments is provided after midnight and before 5 am There is no rail service between 2 and 3:30 am Exact times vary from route to route; see individual route articles for more information.

Codes of metropolitan Los Angeles

Area codes

ZIP codes

The following is the list of ZIP codes for select areas within the metropolitan area.

Orange County

Los Angeles County


Sports teams

Listing of the professional sports teams in the Los Angeles metropolitan area

As a whole, the Los Angeles area has more national championships, all sports combined (college and professional), than any other city in the United States, with over four times as many championships as the entire state of Texas, and just over twice that of New York City.[20]


Main article: Media in Los Angeles

The Los Angeles metropolitan area is home to the headquarters of several well-known media companies including: the Los Angeles Times, Fox Broadcasting Company, Universal Studios, and The Walt Disney Company. Local television channels include KCBS-TV 2 (CBS), KNBC 4 (NBC), KTLA 5 (CW), KABC 7 (ABC), KCAL-TV 9 (Independent/CBS), KTTV 11 (FOX), KCOP 13 (myNetworkTV), KPXN-TV 38/30 (Ion), and KLCS 41/58 (PBS). Radio stations serving the area include: KKJZ, KIIS, KNX (AM), and KMZT.

See also


External references

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