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Welcome to Los Angeles ...

The city of Los Angeles is located in Los Angeles County<1> and is the County Seat for Los Angeles County.

Los Angeles was founded in August 1781 and was incorporated April 4, 1850.

When the people of Los Angeles refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use terms like Angeleno or Angelino.<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Los Angeles has a population of 3,982,885 people<3> (see below for details).

The community of Los Angeles is 80 feet [24 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: Los Angeles lies in the Pacific Time Zone (PST/PDT) and observes daylight saving time

The ZIP codes for Los Angeles: 90001-90068, 90070-90089, 90091, 90093-90097, 90099, 90101-90103, 90174, 90185<5>

Websites for Los Angeles ...

Official Website:

Chamber of Commerce:

Junior League:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Los Angeles had an population of 3,982,885 people. This is an increase of 5.02% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 7.8% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Los Angeles had a population of 3,792,621 people (which is 38.63% of the total population of Los Angeles County). This makes Los Angeles the county's most populous community.

The population of Los Angeles represents 10.18% of the total population of California (which has 37,253,956 people), making it the state's most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 3,792,621 people, the population of Los Angeles increased 2.65% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 3,694,820 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Los Angeles.

Communities Also Named Los Angeles ...

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Los Angeles.

Communities near Los Angeles ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Los Angeles.

  • Long Beach
    (18 miles [29 km] to the south)
  • Glendale
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the north)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Glendale
    • Glendale is located in Los Angeles County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 197,747 people
    • Former name for Glendale:
    • Tropico
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Glendale <6>
  • Torrance
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the southwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Torrance
    • Torrance is located in Los Angeles County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 141,553 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Torrance <6>
  • Pasadena
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the northeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pasadena
    • Pasadena is located in Los Angeles County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 141,045 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pasadena <6>
  • El Monte
    (12 miles [19.3 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for El Monte
    • El Monte is located in Los Angeles County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 112,344 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for El Monte <6>
  • Downey
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the southeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Downey
    • Downey is located in Los Angeles County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 109,202 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Downey <6>
  • Inglewood
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the southwest)
  • West Covina
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the east)
  • Norwalk
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the southeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Norwalk
    • Norwalk is located in Los Angeles County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 102,635 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Norwalk <6>
  • Burbank
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the north)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Burbank
    • Burbank is located in Los Angeles County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 101,866 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Burbank <6>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Los Angeles. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Los Angeles.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Los Angeles. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Los Angeles.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Los Angeles. Our list includes 607 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Los Angeles.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Los Angeles ...

Looking for more information about Los Angeles? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Los Angeles, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Los Angeles.

Adding Los Angeles to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Los Angeles in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Los Angeles was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<7>

From that list, the Los Angeles post office opened in 1850.

We also found Los Angeles in the book titled Table of U.S. Post Offices in the United States (Jan. 1851).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Los Angeles.

The official website for Los Angeles:

The official website for Los Angeles County:

The official website for State of California:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of California's counties, including Los Angeles, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Los Angeles refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Los Angeles may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Los Angeles.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Los Angeles - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Los Angeles). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Los Angeles or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Los Angeles includes: 90001, 90002, 90003, 90004, 90005, 90006, 90007, 90008, 90009, 90010, 90011, 90012, 90013, 90014, 90015, 90016, 90017, 90018, 90019, 90020, 90021, 90022, 90023, 90024, 90025, 90026, 90027, 90028, 90029, 90030, 90031, 90032, 90033, 90034, 90035, 90036, 90037, 90038, 90039, 90040, 90041, 90042, 90043, 90044, 90045, 90046, 90047, 90048, 90049, 90050, 90051, 90052, 90053, 90054, 90055, 90056, 90057, 90058, 90059, 90060, 90061, 90062, 90063, 90064, 90065, 90066, 90067, 90070, 90071, 90072, 90073, 90074, 90075, 90076, 90077, 90078, 90079, 90080, 90081, 90082, 90083, 90084, 90085, 90086, 90087, 90088, 90091, 90093, 90094, 90095, 90096, 90099, 90101, 90102, 90174 & 90185.
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<7>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:


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