Los Angeles, California Population 2021

3,983,540
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Los Angeles is a city located in Los Angeles County California. It is also the county seat of Los Angeles County. With a 2020 population of 3,983,540, it is the largest city in California and the 2nd largest city in the United States . Los Angeles is currently growing at a rate of 0.05% annually and its population has increased by 5.03% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 3,792,620 in 2010. Los Angeles reached it's highest population of 3,983,540 in 2021. Spanning over 503 miles, Los Angeles has a population density of 8,495 people per square mile.

The average household income in Los Angeles is $96,416 with a poverty rate of 17.99%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,450 per month, and the median house value is $636,900. The median age in Los Angeles is 35.6 years, 34.7 years for males, and 36.5 years for females.

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 metro region in the United States after the New York metro 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 Diversity

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.

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 significant presence in Chinatown. Both Thaitown and Chinatown are home to many Thais and Cambodians in Los Angeles, while Japanese people makeup 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 are also home to a relatively 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. 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 city 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.

Los Angeles Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Los Angeles was:

  • White: 52.06%
  • Other race: 22.75%
  • Asian: 11.62%
  • Black or African American: 8.93%
  • Two or more races: 3.75%
  • Native American: 0.73%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.16%
The current population of Los Angeles, California is 3,983,540 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 3,977,600.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 3,792,620.

Los Angeles, California Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
202113,144,600-35,100-0.27%
202013,179,700-35,100-0.27%
201913,214,800-35,100-0.27%
201813,249,900-28,100-0.21%
201713,278,0007,3000.05%
201613,270,70036,0000.27%
201513,234,70068,1000.51%
201413,166,60069,2000.53%
201313,097,40084,0000.64%
201213,013,40087,6000.67%
201112,925,80087,4000.68%
201012,838,4000.00%

Los Angeles Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White2,065,17652.06%
Some Other Race902,49522.75%
Asian460,94211.62%
Black or African American354,1698.93%
Two or More Races148,9013.75%
American Indian and Alaska Native28,8400.73%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander6,4170.16%
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Los Angeles Population by Race

Los Angeles Population Pyramid $2021

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Los Angeles Median Age

35.6


Total

34.7


Male

36.5


Female

Los Angeles Adults

There are 3,145,520 adults, (491,598 of whom are seniors) in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Age Dependency

49.5

Age Dependency Ratio

18.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

31

Child Dependency Ratio

Los Angeles Sex Ratio

Female

2,001,950

50.47%

Male

1,964,980

49.53%

Los Angeles Population by Age

Los Angeles Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Los Angeles Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married52.7%47.3%
All36.8%63.2%
Male31.5%68.5%
Female30.4%69.6%
Non Family24.8%75.2%

36.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Los Angeles Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All1,383,8702.836.8
Non Family559,8041.4124.8
Married534,6223.7152.7
Female196,3893.8130.4
Male93,0543.8731.5

3.6

Average Family Size

2.8

Average Household Size

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Los Angeles Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade370,91113.55%
9th to 12th Grade246,2258.99%
High School Graduate526,28619.22%
Some College481,81017.60%
Associates Degree170,3186.22%
Bachelors Degree619,28722.62%
Graduate Degree323,17811.80%
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Los Angeles Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Los Angeles Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
Hispanic1,169,550658,015143,296
White900,154860,401506,855
Other Race546,396291,02752,179
Asian356,231321,710195,514
Black254,717225,84367,441
2+ Races80,62471,63235,049
Native American19,74912,8543,261
Islander4,4283,843944

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 95.58%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 56.31%.

Los Angeles Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$36,364$39,192$32,241
Less Than 9th Grade$21,607$24,358$17,317
High School Graduate$28,172$31,194$24,493
Some College$35,866$40,178$31,558
Bachelors Degree$54,485$61,815$50,664
Graduate Degree$76,746$88,076$68,037

$36,364

Average Earnings

$39,192

Average Male

$32,241

Average Female

Los Angeles Earnings by Educational Attainment

Los Angeles Language by Age

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Los Angeles Language

41.07% of Los Angeles residents speak only English, while 58.93% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 42.23% of the population.

Los Angeles Language

Los Angeles Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic1,899,440421,93522.21%
Other894,281210,53523.54%
White1,108,250116,48610.51%
Black344,60986,54925.12%
Asian447,76763,40514.16%
Multiple144,85019,86513.71%
Native28,2146,09721.61%
Islander6,13881913.34%

17.99%

Overall Poverty Rate

16.51%

Male Poverty Rate

19.44%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Los Angeles

The race most likely to be in poverty in Los Angeles is Black, with 25.12% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Los Angeles is White, with 10.51% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.40%. Among those working part-time, it was 18.72%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 30.40%.

Los Angeles Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade26.01%
High School17.84%
Some College13.15%
Bachelors or Greater7.05%

Los Angeles Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed35.27%
Male Unemployed28.85%
Female Employed9.14%
Male Employed8.05%

Los Angeles Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Los Angeles Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$62,142$96,416
Families$70,253$109,610
Married Families$89,976$134,172
Non Families$46,419$72,241
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Income by Household Type

Los Angeles Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

38.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

40.1%

Male Marriage Rate

37.6%

Female Marriage Rate

Los Angeles Married by Age and Sex

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Los Angeles Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Los Angeles Marital Status by Race

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Los Angeles Marital Status

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84,178

Number of Veterans

77,977

Male Veterans

6,201

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam26,651
Second Gulf War16,081
First Gulf War12,850
Korea9,125
World War II4,193

Los Angeles Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
75+24,516
65 to 7419,191
35 to 5417,912
55 to 6413,555
18 to 349,004

Los Angeles Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White51,6193.10%
Black17,5126.02%
Hispanic17,0091.22%
Asian6,3801.58%
Other Race5,0360.76%
2+ Races2,7692.84%
Native American6702.97%
Islander1923.64%

Los Angeles Veterans by Race

Los Angeles Veterans by Education

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11.40%

Veteran Poverty Rate

31.19%

Veteran Disability Rate

Los Angeles Veterans by Education

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66.6%

Labor Force Participation

62.3%

Employment Rate

6.3%

Unemployment Rate

Los Angeles Employment by Age

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Los Angeles Employment by Race

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Los Angeles Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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46.54%

Born in Los Angeles

63.14%

Native Born

36.86%

Foreign Born

19.35%

Non Citizen

17.51%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

63.14% of Los Angeles residents were born in the United States, with 46.54% having been born in California. 19.35% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Los Angeles Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
20213,983,5401,9800.05%
20203,981,5601,9800.05%
20193,979,5801,9800.05%
20183,977,6001,8100.05%
20173,975,79012,5600.32%
20163,963,23024,6600.63%
20153,938,57028,6700.73%
20143,909,90028,2800.73%
20133,881,62030,4200.79%
20123,851,20030,3200.79%
20113,820,88025,3700.67%
20103,795,510100,6900.27%
20003,694,820209,4200.59%
19903,485,400516,8201.62%
19802,968,580156,7800.54%
19702,811,800332,7801.27%
19602,479,020508,6602.32%
19501,970,360466,0802.74%
19401,504,280266,2301.97%
19301,238,050661,3777.94%
1920576,673257,4756.09%
1910319,198216,71912.03%
1900102,47952,0847.36%
189050,39539,21216.25%
188011,1835,4556.92%
18705,7281,3432.71%
18604,3852,77510.54%
18501,6100.00%

Los Angeles Population by Year