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Los Angeles, California

Second only to New York, Los Angeles is one of the largest cities in America by population and county seat of Los Angeles County. Nearly 4 million people call L.A. home, and it remains the most populous city in all of California. Spanish settlers crept up from San Diego in the 1700s, establishing Mission San Gabriel Arcangel as the first mission in what’s now known as Los Angeles. The City of Los Angeles was later incorporated by the U.S. in 1850.

Los Angeles is a charter city, and its government is made up of a mayor, a city council of 15 members representing their individual districts, a city attorney and controller. Crime in Los Angeles is often a talking point across the nation due to the presence of several crime families and many gangs. But just as most of the U.S., Los Angeles has seen a substantial decline in crime since the 1990s. Three public universities are located in Los Angeles: California State University, Northridge (CSUN), California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

There is endless entertainment throughout the City of Angels. Millions of tourists are drawn to the glamour and excitement of Hollywood in hopes of catching a glimpse of a famous actor or two, and visitors also flock to the many beaches bordering the city of Los Angeles. The Dodgers (baseball), Lakers and Clippers (basketball) are some of the most popular teams that originate from L.A. The Dodgers, originally founded in Brooklyn, have won six world championships, 21 pennants and made 19 playoff appearances.