Los Angeles, California
-- The people of Los Angeles are known as Angelenos --
Los Angeles—often simply called L.A.—is the largest city in the state of California and the second-largest in the United States. It is an Alpha world city having a population of about 4 million people and spanning 469.1 square miles. The Los Angeles–Long Beach–Santa Ana metropolitan area is home to 12.9 million people. The Los Angeles Area encompasses a much larger area though, consisting of 5 counties, known as the Greater Los Angeles Area, or just the LA Area.
Los Angeles, California, was founded in 1781 by Spanish Captain Rivera y Moncada. It was a part of Mexico, since it gained independence from Spain in 1821, until 1848, when Mexico ceded California to the United States by treaty at the conclusion of the Mexican-American War. It was not incorporated as a municipality until April 4, 1850—five months before California achieved statehood. It is the county seat of Los Angeles County.
Los Angeles, California, is one of the world's centers of culture, science, technology, international trade, and higher education, and is home to world-renowned institutions in a broad range of professional and cultural fields. The city and its immediate surrounding vicinity lead the world in producing popular entertainment—such as motion picture, television, and recorded music—which forms the base of Los Angeles's international fame and global status.
Los Angeles Landmarks, California
Important landmarks in Los Angeles, California include Chinatown, Little Tokyo, Disney Concert Hall, Kodak Theater, Griffith Observatory, Getty Center, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Mann's Chinese Theater, Hollywood sign, Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles City Hall, Hollywood Bowl, Staples Center and La Placita Olvera, the birthplace of Los Angeles.
The people of Los Angeles are known as Angelenos. Nighttime hot spots include places such as Downtown Los Angeles, Silver Lake, Hollywood, and West Hollywood, which is the home of the world-famous Sunset Strip.
Some well-known shopping areas are the Hollywood and Highland complex, the Beverly Center, Melrose Avenue, Robertson Boulevard, The Grove, Westside Pavillion, The Promenade at Howard Hughes Center and Venice Boardwalk.