The county of Los Angeles is the most populous and diverse county both in California and the entire United States. The county has a complex history and many interesting and important facts, some of which are discussed below.
The Roots Of Los Angeles
The county of Los Angeles was once the land of various indigenous groups that were forced to relocate when the Spanish colonized the land. Gaspar de Portola and a group of missionaries recruited eleven families to settle there and baptized it as “El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de Los Angeles de Porciuncula,” Eventually it was renamed Los Angeles. Other townships grew around the settlement, which now comprises Los Angeles County. After the 1847 Mexican-American war, Los Angeles, along with California, became part of the United States. It was officially established as one of the original 27 counties of California in 1850.
More people migrated to L.A. County during the gold rush. With the construction of the transcontinental railroad, Asian workers also settled in the county. The discovery of oil in the late 1800s triggered another mass migration of people with diverse backgrounds. This migration accounts for the current diverse mix of cultures that persists in the county today.
Native American and Mexican cultures are deeply rooted in this land. The cultures of all other groups of people who have migrated to the county have also enriched its culture. This is evident in many of the buildings and neighborhoods in its cities and, of course, its people.
Important Facts About Los Angeles County
There are many things you may not know about Los Angeles County yet, but which you will surely find interesting. A very random, selection of some interesting facts are:
Los Angeles’ Cities
There are 88 cities in Los Angeles County, the most populous of which is the city of Los Angeles where you can experience the diversity of the county through its variety of neighborhoods—Chinatown, Little Tokyo, Olvera Street, Little Armenia, Little Ethiopia, Koreatown, Leimert Park, etc.
Next to Los Angeles is Long Beach, the second-largest city in the county by population, which is known for the Grand Prix of Long Beach and the Long Beach Pride (the second largest in the country). To the north of the county is Santa Clarita, which houses the Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park and the California Institute of the Arts. The fourth most populous city in the county is Glendale, home of the Verdugo Mountains and Porto’s Bakery—a Cuban bakery loved by both residents and visitors.
Don’t Leave Los Angeles Without Visiting These Places
Besides the usual tourist favorites, these destinations will provide a more bona fide experience of Los Angeles County:
Sunset Point Beach
La Brea Tar Pits
Warner Brothers Studio Tour
Canyon Falls Trail
Charlie Turner’s Trail
Los Angeles River Bike Path
The County’s Local Economy
Although there are numerous other industries in the county, the film industry is a major part of the county’s economy providing over 600,000 jobs and generating over $150 billion in annual revenue. The mining and oil industry is another major industry, generating approximately $32 billion in yearly revenue and employing about 113,000 in direct and indirect jobs. Other sectors of the local economy include manufacturing, which employs over 350,000 workers; education and health services with over a million workers; and leisure and hospitality with over 600,000 workers. It is also the site of many global companies, such as Mattel, Inc. Space X, and Dole Food Company.
Los Angeles County has a diverse population, culture, as well as economy, which is why so many people are attracted to it. There’s so much more to learn and experience about this county and only a visit can come close to helping you see and experience first-hand any of the many wonderful things it has to offer.
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