Whether you want to travel to L.A. or move there, Los Angeles is a city that most people fantasize about at one point in their life or another. Los Angeles is second in population only to New York City. Known commonly as the City of Angels, Los Angeles is famously home to the film industry and urban sprawl.
The city stretches out for miles and it can quite literally take hours to get from one part of the city to another - especially with traffic. Fortunately, Los Angeles has a splendid public transit system that makes it less frustrating.
Something many Los Angeles travel guides will gloss over, however, is that it is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire. Los Angeles has a high propensity for earthquakes due to the large number of faults located under and around the city. The USGS has an excellent earthquake map that all residents in Los Angeles should have access to that maps out not only the fault lines, but also the earthquakes for the past week.
Los Angeles is prone to a high concentration of smog throughout the summer months due to atmospheric inversion that keeps the exhaust and other miscellaneous fumes from escaping the basin.
A great aspect of Los Angeles is that anyone can find almost any religious center they are looking for including Buddhism, Catholicism, Hinduism, Kabbalah, Scientology, and Zoroastrianism.
Average Commute Time: 29.3**
Average Household Income: $75,102**
* 2011 Census