Los Angeles is THE definition of “big city.” Los Angeles County has the highest population of any county in the nation. There are about 20 million people living there and the county spans 4,084 square miles. The county is extremely diverse with 140 cultures represented and 224 languages spoken. The county is bursting with museums, universities, sports stadiums, concert halls, shopping centers, movie stars, special events, and cultural diversity. A person could spend a lifetime exploring the famous and not so famous attractions that make Los Angeles one of the most exciting places in the world.
The name “Los Angeles” often stirs images of heavy traffic, smog and a city that never sleeps. Indeed, many major cities within the county suffer from these ailments but there are several cities within the county boundaries that are more suburban. Cities like Burbank and Lancaster have spacious lots, quiet neighborhoods and beautiful parks, trails and wide open space. For those who enjoy the busy city life, there are several apartments, town houses and single family homes right in the heart of major cities like Los Angeles, Long Beach and Hollywood.
The Los Angeles County Office of Education does a great job overseeing the 1.7 million students who attend Los Angeles County schools. The office regularly rewards high performing schools and inspects low performing ones to ensure they have the proper textbooks, facilities and resources to improve performance. Eight Los Angeles schools have been nominated for the prestigious National Blue Ribbon Honor for 2011. There are also many higher education schools including the University of California Los Angeles, University of Southern California and California State Universities Long Beach and Los Angeles.
Education in Los Angeles is not just for the classroom. The Getty Museum in Malibu showcases historic art, modern photography and beautiful botanic gardens. The Museum of Tolerance shares invaluable information about different cultures and the importance of respecting them. The Music Center, which includes the Walt Disney Music Hall, shares the joy of music with people of all ages, ethnicities and incomes. For those interested in archeology, geology and science, the La Brea Tar Pits are an exciting and educational place to visit.
Los Angeles has many opportunities for those who enjoy outdoor activities. The county encompasses 75 miles of coast line where residents can go boating, fishing, surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking and jet skiing. There are 19 golf courses in the county 87 regional parks for biking, hiking, jogging and playing sports. There are also several opportunities to watch sports such as the Dodgers baseball, Lakers and Clippers basketball, Galaxy soccer, UCLA and USC football, Kings hockey and Sparks women’s basketball.
The sheer size of Los Angeles County means there are job opportunities galore. Entertainment and tourism are major industries and highly competitive. Los Angeles is the largest major manufacturing center in the United States and specializes in apparel, electronics, food products and furniture. The cities large seaport and airport make it a major player in international trade. Other major industries including banking and finance, health services, construction and education.
Visiting various LA County cities is the only way to truly experience the diversity, energy, excitement and opportunities they have to offer. If you are considering a move to this wonderful Southern California county, plan a visit and talk with one of our experienced realtors to find the best city and neighborhood for you and your family.
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