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Los Angeles, California - Basic Facts

The City of Los Angeles is the largest city in California with a population of 4,002,721 as of July 1, 2018. Los Angeles ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in California. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Los Angeles is located at latitude 34.0194 and longitude -118.4108 in Los Angeles County. The formal boundaries for the City of Los Angeles (see map below) encompass a land area of 468.67 sq. miles and a water area of 34.02 sq. miles. Los Angeles County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 292 feet.

The City of Los Angeles (GNIS ID: 2410877) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

California is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Los Angeles is located within Los Angeles CCD of Los Angeles County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Los Angeles: Cuidad De Los Angelos, Cuidad De los Angelos, El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora La Reina de Los Angeles de Porcivncula, El Pueblo del Rio de Nuestra Senora, La Reina de Los Angeles de Porciuncula, Pueblo De Los Angeles, Pueblo Los Angelos.

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Los Angeles, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 4,002,721
Population in Households 3,915,871
Population in Familes 3,030,059
Population in Group Qrtrs 86,850
Population Density2 8,541
Diversity Index3 87


Median Household Income $56,166
Average Household Income $90,302
Per Capita Income $31,784


Total Housing Units 1,479,396 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 500,772 (33.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 882,634 (59.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 95,991 ( 6.5%)
Median Home Value $622,193
Average Home Value $784,887


Total Households 1,383,405
Average Household Size 2.83
Family Households 845,719
Average Family Size 4
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 0.66% 0.66%
Households 0.59% 0.64%
Families 0.56% 0.62%
Median Household Income   3.48%
Per Capita Income   3.45%

Los Angeles, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Los Angeles to the other 1,516 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2018 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 1 100th
Population Density # 91 94th
Diversity Index # 99 93rd
Median Household Income # 827 46th
Per Capita Income # 707 53rd

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