Los Angeles, California Population 2018

Los Angeles had an official population at the 2010 census of 3,792,621. The population in 2016 is estimated to be just over 4 million. Los Angeles, officially the City of Los Angeles but commonly known as L.A., is California's most populous city and the second-most populous city in the country after New York City.

An official population estimate in 2013 of Los Angeles showed the city had a population of 3,862,839, which means it grew by nearly 37,000 people during 2012.

Los Angeles sits in one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the United States. The City of Angels is a global city, and the Los Angeles Combined Statistical Area (CSA) is the third largest in the world, after Greater Tokyo and New York. It's also the 66th most populous city proper in the world, and the metropolitan area is the 18th largest.

According to the 2010 Census, the Los Angeles metropolitan area had a population of more than 12.8 million residents, while the larger metropolitan region had an estimated population of 18.1 million. This makes it the second largest metropolitan region in the United States after New York metropolitan area, and one of the largest urban agglomerations on earth.

The Greater Los Angeles Area, also referred to as Southland, refers to both the urbanized area and the Combined Statistical Area. It covers 5 counties, including Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange, Riverside and Venture counties, and it's been one of the fastest-growing areas of the country for most of the century, although its growth has slowed over the last decade.

Los Angeles Population Density

Based on the 2010 census data, Los Angeles had a density of 7,544.6 people per square mile (2,910/square kilometer). While it's the second-most populous urban area, Los Angeles is the single most densely populated area in the United States. The Los Angeles Times created an interactive map showing L.A.'s 272 neighborhoods, which showed the most densely populated areas as:

  • Koreatown (42,611/square mile)
  • Westlake (38,214/square mile)
  • East Hollywood (31,095/square mile)
  • Pico-Union (25,352/square mile)
  • Maywood (23,638/square mile)
  • Harvard Heights (23,473/square mile)
  • Hollywood (22,193/square mile)
  • Walnut Park (22,028/square mile)
  • Palms (21,870/square mile)
  • Adams-Normandie (21,848/square mile)

Los Angeles Demographics

Los Angeles is an incredibly diverse city, home to people from over 140 countries who speak 224 languages that have been identified. Ethnic communities like Koreatown, Chinatown, Thai Town, Little Ethiopia and Little Tokyo show what a multilingual and cultural city Los Angeles is today.

According to the 2010 Census, the racial composition of the city was:

  • White: 49.8% (28.7% non-Hispanic)
  • African American: 9.6%
  • Native American: 0.7%
  • Asian: 11.3%
  • Pacific Islander: 0.1%
  • Other: 23.8%
  • Two or more races: 4.6%
  • Hispanic or Latino of any race: 48.5%

Mexicans comprise the largest ethnic group of Latinos in Los Angeles with 31.9% of the population, followed by Salvadorans (6%) and Guatemalans (3.6%). While the Latino population is spread throughout the city and its metropolitan area, it's most heavily concentrated in East Los Angeles, which has a very long established Central American and Mexican American community.

The largest Asian ethnic groups include Filipinos (3.2%) and Koreans (2.9%), which are mostly concentrated in Koreatown and Historic Filipinotown, respectively. Chinese people, who account for 1.8% of the city's population, live primarily outside of the city limits, although they have a large presence in Chinatown. Both Thaitown and Chinatown are home to many Thais and Cambodians in Los Angeles, while Japanese people make up 0.9% of the city's population and live primarily in Little Toyko in downtown Los Angeles and the Sawtelle area of West Los Angeles.

Los Angeles and its greater area is also home to a fairly substantial Middle Eastern population, most notably Iranians and Armenians, who live mostly in Tehrangeles and Little Armenia, respectively.

The African American population of Los Angeles is most dense in South Los Angeles, particularly the Watts and Crenshaw neighborhoods. Given the substantial immigration from Central America and Mexico, Latinos and Hispanics have now outnumbered black people in the city, although the black population in L.A. was higher than the Hispanic population in 1970. In fact, many neighborhoods that were once predominantly African American, such as Compton, are now becoming Hispanic communities.

Hispanic Growth

The United States as a whole has seen a great deal of Hispanic population growth over the last thirty years. The Hispanic population of the U.S. has grown from 14.6 million in 1980 to 52 million in 2011, and Hispanics remain concentrated most heavily in Florida and the Southwest. Today, 9% of all Hispanics in the country live in Los Angeles County, and it's here that the population has grown the most since 1980.

Los Angeles Population Growth

California's population as a whole is expected to grow more slowly in the coming decades, which means it will benefit from a slower but healthy growth rate of about 1% each year. The decline in the state's growth rate is attributed to a sharp decline in immigration to the area. This is a much more natural growth rate than the area has seen for much of the last century.

From 2010 to 2015, Los Angeles grew by 4.7%, slightly ahead of the United States' 4.1% growth in the same period.

The last census counts in the state were 2% lower than previous projections, and most of the difference was attributed to Los Angeles County. Today, the Inland Empire of California is seeing the most explosive growth, not Los Angeles.

It's projected that the population of Los Angeles County will increase 3.5 million by 2050, and it will remain the largest county and city in the state. By 2060, the county will have a population of 11.5 million.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
20173,999,75918,6430.47%
20163,981,11627,6570.70%
20153,953,45930,7910.78%
20143,922,66830,8850.79%
20133,891,78332,5160.84%
20123,859,26734,6750.91%
20113,824,59228,5320.75%
20103,796,060101,2402.74%
20003,694,820209,4226.01%
19903,485,398516,81917.41%
19802,968,579156,7785.58%
19702,811,801332,78613.42%
19602,479,015508,65725.82%
19501,970,358466,08130.98%
19401,504,277266,22921.50%
19301,238,048661,375114.69%
1920576,673257,47580.66%
1910319,198216,719211.48%
1900102,47952,084103.35%
189050,39539,212350.64%
188011,1835,45595.23%
18705,7281,34330.63%
18604,3852,775172.36%
18501,6100.00%

Los Angeles Population in 2018Source: Photograph by D Ramey Logan [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

Population by Race

Race Population
White2,055,223
Some Other Race884,822
Asian452,853
Black or African American353,023
Two or More Races139,575
American Indian and Alaska Native26,660
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander6,716

Race Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey)

Los Angeles Population Pyramid 2018

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Los Angeles Median Age

35


Total

34.2


Male

35.9


Female

Lancaster Adults

There are 3,135,811 adults in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Age Dependency

49.4

Age Dependency Ratio

17.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

32.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Los Angeles Housing Indicators

Indicator Value
Median Number of Rooms (per House)
4.1
Houses Without Mortgage
125,159
Houses With Mortgage
371,508
Vacancy Rate
6.3
Median Rent
1,241
Median Home Value
496,300
Renter-Occupied Units
859,644
Owner-Occupied Units
496,667
Total Housing Units
1,447,026

This chart shows the employment and labor force participation rates in Los Angeles for residents over 16 years of age. The 2015 unemployment rate is 6.1% and the labor force participation rate is 66.2%.

Los Angeles Family/Household Indicators

Indicator Value
Average Household Size
2.83
Average Family Size
3.62
Total Households
1356311
Married Couple Households
517503
Male Householder (no wife) Families
91925
Female Householder (no husband) Families
204420
Non Family Households
542463
Total Families
813848
Households With Own Children
366141
Unmarried Partner Households (Opposite Sex)
7.3
Unmarried Partner Households (Same Sex)
0.6

Los Angeles Income Distribution

Indicator Value
Under $10,000
105,004
$10,000 to $14,999
92,880
$15,000 to $24,999
154,940
$25,000 to $34,999
136,710
$35,000 to $49,999
169,984
$50,000 to $74,999
216,353
$75,000 to $99,999
141,021
$100,000 to $149,999
164,513
$150,000 to $199,999
72,745
Over $200,000
102,161

Los Angeles Household Income

Income

Median

Mean

Los Angeles

California

$51,538

$63,783

$82,042

$91,149

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Los Angeles Education Data

Los Angeles Educational Attainment (over 25)

Indicator Value Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade
382,25914.45%
9th to 12th Grade
253,9459.60%
High School Graduate
518,07719.59%
Some College
473,51217.90%
Associates Degree
158,2295.98%
Bachelors Degree
566,47421.42%
Graduate Degree
292,31911.05%