Los Angeles, United States Population

Population in Urban Area, now

12,445,056

Population in City Area, mid 2019

4,001,053

Los Angeles Population Graphs

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Los Angeles Population Review

Los Angeles is a city so famous it almost seems mythical. The home of Hollywood, Los Angeles straddles the Pacific Ocean on California’s western coast and is the entertainment capital of the world. Los Angeles is the most populous city in California and the second-most populous city in all of the United States with 4 million people in the city area and 12.5 million people in the urban area.

In the next fifteen years, experts predict that Los Angeles will only grow by another 1.5 million people. The Greater Los Angeles area is a sprawling city and the second-largest urban area in the United States that encompasses five counties and three metropolitan areas. Fun fact: Los Angeles was the first city in the US to reach 10 million residents.

Three times the population in tourists

While Los Angeles may not be a massive city population wise, it attracts an astronomical number of tourists. Each year, 50 million people travel to LA to see the sights—and that number continues to grow. Since 2017, Los Angeles has seen a 3.1% increase in the number of tourists—making it its eighth most successful year in a row for tourist visits. More than 1.8 million of those tourists are from Mexico and 1.4 million of them are from China. Tourism in LA supports more than 547,000 jobs and the Leisure & Hospitality sector of Los Angeles’ economy showed the largest year-over-year increase compared to the other 11 sectors in the county.

A multi-ethnic spot

Los Angeles is a deeply multiethnic city and defines itself the “cultural hub” of the Pacific Rim. Los Angeles does not have a majority population and its residents come from 140 different countries and there are 224 identified languages spoken in the city. 48% of the city’s population identifies as Hispanic or Latino, 26% identify as Caucasian, 15% as Asian or Pacific Islander. The rest of the population are split between African American, American Indian, or other.

A city of singles

Los Angeles ranks as one of the “most single” spots in the country, in fact, 55.8% of the adult population in the LA metropolitan area single (meaning divorced or never married). Experts are uncertain whether this is because Los Angeles is a career-focused city or because of the many universities. Whatever the reason, LA’s numbers are in contrast to the rest of the country, where—on average—only 44.3% of the population are single.

Review Updated: September 27, 2019
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Los Angeles Urban Area Population History

1950 4,046,000
1951 4,246,000
1952 4,457,000
1953 4,678,000
1954 4,911,000
1955 5,154,000
1956 5,411,000
1957 5,679,000
1958 5,961,000
1959 6,256,000
1960 6,530,000
1961 6,696,000
1962 6,867,000
1963 7,043,000
1964 7,223,000
1965 7,408,000
1966 7,597,000
1967 7,791,000
1968 7,991,000
1969 8,195,000
1970 8,378,000
1971 8,484,000
1972 8,593,000
1973 8,702,000
1974 8,813,000
1975 8,926,000
1976 9,039,000
1977 9,155,000
1978 9,271,000
1979 9,389,000
1980 9,512,000
1981 9,642,000
1982 9,774,000
1983 9,908,000
1984 10,044,000
1985 10,181,000
1986 10,321,000
1987 10,462,000
1988 10,606,000
1989 10,751,000
1990 10,883,000
1991 10,973,000
1992 11,064,000
1993 11,154,000
1994 11,246,000
1995 11,339,000
1996 11,432,000
1997 11,526,000
1998 11,621,000
1999 11,717,000
2000 11,798,000
2001 11,834,000
2002 11,870,000
2003 11,906,000
2004 11,942,000
2005 11,978,000
2006 12,014,000
2007 12,050,000
2008 12,087,000
2009 12,123,000
2010 12,160,000
2011 12,197,000
2012 12,234,000
2013 12,271,000
2014 12,308,000
2015 12,345,000
2016 12,383,000
2017 12,420,000
2018 12,458,000
2019 12,448,000

Los Angeles Urban Area Population Projections

2020 12,447,000
2021 12,459,000
2022 12,488,000
2023 12,534,000
2024 12,598,000
2025 12,678,000
2026 12,770,000
2027 12,872,000
2028 12,981,000
2029 13,094,000
2030 13,209,000
2031 13,325,000
2032 13,440,000
2033 13,554,000
2034 13,667,000
2035 13,778,000

City Area Population Estimate & Projections

2010 3,795,370
2011 3,821,136
2012 3,852,532
2013 3,883,916
2014 3,913,260
2015 3,943,215
2016 3,969,262
2017 3,982,002
2018 3,990,456
2019 4,001,053

Map of Los Angeles, United States

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