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Founded by Spaniard Felipe De Neve in 1781, Los Angeles has grown into a global hub for commerce, sports, art, fashion and entertainment. The city is best known for its gorgeous beaches, long stretches of freeway and glamorous people. It is a very ethnically diverse city, and even though most of the residents are Hispanic/Latino and Caucasian, it also has strong Asian and African American communities.
Los Angeles is the largest city in California and the second-largest in the U.S., after New York City.
Los Angeles is 61.3 miles west of San Bernardino, 120 miles north of San Diego and 270.8 miles from Las Vegas. It is perfectly positioned if you’re planning a day trip around California. San Francisco is about 400 miles away and can be reached in 6-7 hours via Interstate 5. Or, if you prefer the scenic route, take CA Hwy 1 along the coast — it’s a 9-10 hour drive, but the stunning views and Big Sur will be well worth it.
Los Angeles has a dry summer, yet temperatures can soar above 90ºF between June and October. Winters are rainy but overall mild.
The main perk of living in Los Angeles is the location itself. You can drive to the beach in about an hour, and the city’s thriving entertainment scene means you can run into the cast of famous TV shows while grabbing coffee. The weather is an added bonus, and you’ll never have to worry about events being canceled on account of rain.
Los Angeles has some of the worst traffic in the region, if not the entire U.S. Additionally, the city’s layout may be challenging to navigate for newcomers, and the residents may seem distant.
Public transport in Los Angeles is provided by LA Metro, with bus and subway routes centered around Union Station in downtown Los Angeles, costing $1.75 per ride. Most residents prefer to drive, however, and the average commute time is 29 minutes.
A meal for two in one of Los Angeles’s mid-range restaurants costs around $70, but you can also find plenty of low-cost options at about $10-$20 per person.
The average monthly bill for a 900 sq ft apartment in Los Angeles is $130, and most of it will be spent on your air conditioning. Despite this, it’s still somewhat lower than the national average of around $160.
The average rent for an apartment in Los Angeles is $2,781 per month.
The average apartment size in Los Angeles is 788 sq. ft.
Rent for a studio apartment in Los Angeles ranges between $225 and $11,972 per month.
Rent for a 1-bedroom apartment in Los Angeles ranges between $221 and $13,500 per month.
Rent for a 2-bedroom apartment in Los Angeles ranges between $592 and $40,000 per month.
Rent for a 3-bedroom apartment in Los Angeles ranges between $1,491 and $45,000 per month.
Los Angeles has a reputation for its entertainment industry. Other major industries include finance and international commerce, as well as tourism, aerospace and manufacturing.
The healthcare sector provides the highest paying jobs in Los Angeles, namely the orthodontists, although the entertainment sector provides ample opportunity as well. Major companies that have headquarters in the city include Disney, DirectTV and biotech company Amgen.
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The city’s main school district is the LA Unified School District (LAUSD). It is also the second-largest in the U.S. Los Angeles offers excellent education opportunities in both its public and private schools.
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and University of Southern California are two of the city’s best-ranked universities. Cal State LA, located in East Los Angeles, is another important university, offering teaching credentials and nursing programs among its most notable degrees.
Heading to the beach is one of the best ways to enjoy the weather in Los Angeles, and it’s also free. The city offers 30 miles of shorelines, and even though you will need to pay for parking, the beaches are open for the public to enjoy. The Hollywood Walk of Fame can easily be reached by subway and it’s also free to visit, as are the city’s many parks.
Families can enjoy a day out in Los Angeles by visiting the Natural History Museum of LA County, Los Angeles Zoo or The Grove. Checking out Universal Studios will be just as exciting for adults as it will for the kids. And don’t forget about the Los Angeles amusement parks.
Los Angeles has many green areas dotted across the city. Griffith Park offers a stunning view of the city’s skyline as well as the Hollywood sign, while the kids can enjoy Travel Town and the Carousel. Holmby Park in Westwood is one of the best parks in LA for babies. Grand Park Downtown LA, close to the City Hall, is another popular spot, hosting many events throughout the year.
Los Angeles is home to many world-class sports teams, so there’s always a game you can watch. Basketball fans can enjoy watching the Lakers or the Clippers, or the Los Angeles Dodgers if baseball is preferred. Soccer fans have plenty of teams to choose from, such as the L.A. Rams or the Los Angeles Galaxy, and there’s even a local hockey team, the Los Angeles Kings.
Los Angeles’s annual calendar is filled with must-see events, such as the Tournament of Roses Parade and Rose Bowl in January, the Los Angeles Marathon in March or the LA Pride Festival in West Hollywood taking place in June.
Couples, as well as singles, can enjoy the city’s entertainment scene by watching a comedy show at IO West or catching a movie at Cinema Dome. Many concerts take place in the city, from the free shows at Santa Monica Pier to top-selling acts at Staples Center or the indie-rock scene at Echo Park. After sunset, head down to Hollywood Blvd for the city’s lush nightclubs.
With one cultural location for every 5,210 people, there’s plenty of museums to check out in the greater Los Angeles area. Art lovers will enjoy a real treat at the world-famous Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Los Angeles, while the Los Angeles County Museum of Art has the largest art collection in the western U.S.. And no visit to LA would be complete without checking out the Hollywood Wax Museum.
Los Angeles has something for every shopper, whether you’re looking for luxury purchases at the Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills or bargain hunting on Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. A must-see shopping spot is the LA Original Farmer’s Market, which still has as much rustic charm as it did when it opened in 1934.
Tenants in Los Angeles are protected by the Housing and Community Investment and Development Department, giving them the right to live in a livable habitat, free of pests and without leaky roofs and peeling paint. Rent control laws in the city cover more people than in the entire state of California and they ensure that buildings constructed before 1987 can only have a rent increase by 5% per year.
The California Ellis Act law allows landlords who are taking their property off the rental market to evict rent-controlled tenants, and this has caused an increase in evictions. However, evictions can be a lengthy process, and sometimes they may require the landlord to file a lawsuit.
The rental market in Los Angeles can be very competitive. If you find a place that fits your needs and budget, make sure that you fill out the form completely when applying for rent, and always be punctual and presentable for your appointment.