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The City of Los Angeles is the largest city in California with a population of 3,948,906 as of July 1, 2021. 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 34.0522 and longitude -118.2437 in Los Angeles County. The formal boundaries for the City of Los Angeles 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 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, 2021)

POPULATION

Total Population 3,948,906 (100%)
Population in Households 3,861,260 (97.8%)
Population in Families 2,961,441 (75.0%)
Population in Group Quarters1 87,646 ( 2.2%)
Population Density 8,421
Diversity Index2 87
 
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $67,012
Average Household Income $101,401
% of Income for Mortgage4 47%
Per Capita Income $35,371
Wealth Index5 95
 

HOUSING

Total HU (Housing Units) 1,489,041 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 500,148 (33.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 873,225 (58.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 115,667 ( 7.8%)
Median Home Value $752,133
Average Home Value $950,408
Housing Affordability Index3 52
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 1,373,374
Average Household Size 2.81
Family Households 836,161
Average Family Size 4
NOTES
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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 races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2021 2021-2026
Population 0.36% 0.43%
Households 0.37% 0.47%
Families 0.31% 0.43%
Median Household Income   3.22%
Per Capita Income   2.87%
Owner Occupied HU   0.18%

Los Angeles, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Los Angeles to the other 1,521 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2021 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 # 93 94th
Median Household Income # 749 51st
Housing Affordability Index # 266 17th
Per Capita Income # 668 56th
Diversity Index # 103 93rd

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