About Los Angeles

Los Angeles skylineThis about Los Angeles guide is a quick resume of the City of Los Angeles. If you want a more “where to go” or “how-to” guide, please refer to our other articles “Things To Do In L.A.” in the “Things To Do” section or see the much more in-depth coverage in the “History” pages.

Nicknamed the City of Angels, Los Angeles (Spanish meaning “The” or “Those” Angels) is a global center for business, international trade, entertainment, culture, media, fashion, science, sports, technology, and education.

With Hollywood right in it’s backyard, it is also known as the “Entertainment Capital of the World”; a world leader in the creation of television and stage production, motion pictures, video games, and recorded music.

The San Fernando Valley as part of the Los Angeles metropolitan area, has a lesser claim to fame, and is known as the “porn capital of the world”. 90% of all porn movies in the US are currently made there.

However, more in keeping with the usual aspirations of the vast majority of it’s population, Los Angeles hosted the 1932 and 1984 Summer Olympics.

It is also home to many renowned institutions covering a vast range of professional and cultural areas, and is one of the most substantial economic income generators in the US.

Los Angeles had population of 3,792,621 in the 2010 United States Census. It is the most populous city in California, and the second most populous in the US, after New York City.

Los Angeles was founded on September 4, 1781, by Spanish governor Felipe de Neve, and became a part of Mexico in 1821 following the Mexican War of Independence.

Los Angeles was originally named either “El Pueblo de la Reina de Los Angeles”, meaning the “Town of the Queen of the Angels”, or alternatively “El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora de los Angeles de Porciuncula,” meaning “The town of Our Men of the Angels of Porciuncula”, near the site of the Indian village of Yang-na. It is not known which original name is correct at the present time.

Los Angeles and the rest of California was purchased in 1848 under the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, becoming a part of the United States.

For a more in-depth coverage, you might also want to see this Wikipedia Los Angeles article.