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Los Angeles is a city in Southern California, USA known as the entertainment capital of the world. It is best known by its initials “L.A.” and has also been dubbed the City of Angels, Lalaland, Tinseltown, and The Big Orange.
See the fact file below for more information on the Los Angeles or alternatively, you can download our 21-page Los Angeles worksheet pack to utilise within the classroom or home environment.
Key Facts & Information
- Size: 503 square miles (469 sq. mi. of land and 34 sq. mi. of water)
- Population: Approximately 4 million
- It is a large desert basin surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and the San Gabriel Mountain Range.
- It is divided by the Santa Monica Mountains.
- Mt. San Antonio is its highest point, reaching 5,074 feet.
- Wilmington is the lowest point at 9 feet below sea level.
- Los Angeles is home to a lot of famous beaches such as Malibu, Venice Beach, Santa Monica, as well as mountains.
- The city is built on a high seismic zone which is why it experiences many high intensity earthquakes.
- It is mostly sunny and breezy in Southern California.
- LA experiences low humidity and little rain most of the year.
- In 1542, Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo claimed Southern California for Spain from the Chumash and Tongva tribes.
- Forty-four Mexican village settlers called “Los Pobladores” migrated to Southern California to the area where Los Angeles is now.
- They named their newfound home “El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de Los Angeles” which means “The town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels” in English.
- Spanish governor Felipe de Neve founded the city on September 4, 1781.
- The town was officially declared a city in 1835.
- At the end of the Mexican-American war in 1848, L.A. and the rest of California became a part of the US as part of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.
- In the 1890s, oil was discovered and drove the economy of L.A. upward. It is the country’s third largest oil field.
- Los Angeles is now home to the film industry because back in the day, Thomas Edison owned most film patents in the US. Since Edison lived on the East Coast, filmmakers went to the West Coast to avoid running into patent issues with him.
- It is the second most populous city next to New York City.
- It is the commercial, cultural, and economic center of Southern California.
- L.A. is home to topnotch entertainment, unique culinary spots, extensive galleries and museums, and various outdoor and indoor recreational activities.
- It is the only city in the US to have hosted the Summer Olympics two times (in 1932 and 1938). It will host the Olympics for a third time in 2028.
- Next to Washington D.C., Downtown Los Angeles is the second largest government center in the US.
- Next to New York City, L.A. has the second largest media market.
- Los Angeles County has a bigger fashion workforce than New York.
- Los Angeles is very culturally diverse, with people coming from more than 140 countries.
- L.A. has the biggest Mexican population next to Mexico itself.
- Locals are called “Angelenos”.
- There are 113 universities and colleges in L.A., such as UCLA and the University of Southern California.
- Its primary airport is the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) which is the second busiest airport in the country.
- Hollywood is one of L.A.’s most famous tourist spots. There you can see the Hollywood sign, the Walk of Fame, Hollywood Boulevard, the Dolby Theatre, and the TCL Chinese Theatre.
- The Walk of Fame has over 2,500 stars.
- The Hollywood sign was “Hollywoodland” from 1923 to 1949.
- Universal Studios Hollywood is one of the world’s oldest film studios and theme parks.
- Griffith Park in L.A. is the biggest state park in California. Located in the park are the Griffith Observatory, the Los Angeles Zoo, a Greek theater, a planetarium, a riding center used in the 1984 Olympic Games, tennis courts, golf courses, and hiking trails.
- The U.S. Bank Tower is the second tallest building in Los Angeles.
- Santa Monica is where the laid back people hang out. The popular Santa Monica Pier and its ferris wheel is located there as well as the Santa Monica beach.
- The Los Angeles Music Center is one of the biggest performing arts centers in the US.
- The Los Angeles Philharmonic is housed in Walt Disney Concert Hall.
- Inaugurated in 1997, the Getty Center sits on top of a hill and is home to the Getty Museum and programs of the Getty Trust.
- The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is the biggest art museum on the West Coast.
- The California Science Center, formerly named California Museum of Science and Industry, is the biggest science center on the West Coast.
- The Staples Center is a sports and entertainment arena in L.A. and is home to the L.A. Lakers, L.A. Clippers, L.A. Kings, and L.A. Sparks.
- The Dodger Stadium is a baseball stadium home to the L.A. Dodgers.
- San Pedro’s Fermin Park is where the only wooden lighthouse in California is located.
Los Angeles Worksheets
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about Los Angeles across 21 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use Los Angeles worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about the Los Angeles which is a city in Southern California, USA known as the entertainment capital of the world. It is best known by its initials “L.A.” and has also been dubbed the City of Angels, Lalaland, Tinseltown, and The Big Orange.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Los Angeles Facts
- City of Angels
- The L.A. Timeline
- Los Angeles Crossword
- Entertainment Capital
- Home of Angelenos
- Tourist Map
- Walk of Fame
- Hollywood Sign
- L.A. vs. N.Y.
- My Dream L.A. Tour
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