A Walk Through Time in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is the second largest city in the United States, with a population of nearly 4 million people. A multi-cultural mecca, Los Angeles is a world business center in the fashion, entertainment, science, technology, and media industries with a rich history and vibrant community spirit.

Los Angeles History

Founded in 1781 by the Spanish, Los Angeles became part of Mexico in 1821. Along with the rest of what is now California, Los Angeles was purchased by the United States in 1848. A few months before California was granted statehood in 1850, Los Angeles became an incorporated municipality.

Present Day Los Angeles

Present day Los Angeles is home to a diverse group of people, including whites, blacks, Hispanics, Latinos, Asians, Native Americans, and other ethnic groups. As with any large city, Los Angeles faces environmental, economic, and cultural challenges. Known as the Gang Capital of the World, Los Angeles has seen a recent decline in homicides because of increased vigilance. Institutions of higher learning, such as the University of Southern California, California State University, and the University of California, Los Angeles, provide rich and diverse educational opportunities to California residents.

Los Angeles Prospects for the Future

As the population of Los Angeles continues to grow, city planners are looking at variety of solutions to ensure a high quality of life. Affordable housing, job creation, environmental protection, crime reduction, and a sound city infrastructure must all be addressed as Los Angeles moves forward.

Los Angeles is one of the most powerful cultural and business cities in the world. Attracted by the sunny climate and numerous attractions, millions visit Los Angeles every year. While there are many challenges ahead, Los Angeles continues its reign as one of the most desirable places to live and work in the world.

Los Angeles: Resources and pictures of the past, present, and future.

Climate of Los Angeles: From the National Weather Service, a study of the region's weather. 

Road Information: Maps of the Los Angeles area and important road information.

Metro Trip Planning: Schedules, fees, and general information for using the transit system.