Welcome to Los Angeles

The Greater Los Angeles Area, which spans over Los Angeles County, Ventura County, and Santa Barbara County, is known as the “Entertainment Capitol of the World” for a reason. Sometimes you can’t tell where fantasy ends and reality begins. You’ve got some of the best weather, best beaches, celebrity sightings on Rodeo Drive, film history on Hollywood Boulevard, and the beautiful bodies of Malibu, Manhattan Beach, and Santa Barbara. Plus the hectic freeway culture (although rapidly changing) and robust population of more than 18 million. No wonder it has been the fastest growing regions in the United States for decades!

Living in Los Angeles

Los Angeles serves as the region’s urban core, offering a world-class metropolis of art, culture, entertainment, restaurants, shopping and leisure, with neighborhoods such as Beverly Hills, Bel Air, San Marino, Manhattan Beach, and Malibu boasting some of the most desirable ZIP codes in Los Angeles County. Further north along the coast, Ventura County is often called the “Gold Coast” for its combination of beach, mountain, wide-open space, and reputation as one of the safest and most affluent places to live, ranking among the top 100 highest-income counties in the country.

And finally, Santa Barbara County, affectionately known as the “American Riviera,” has long attracted those who seek both the privacy and refined yet causal lifestyle of cities like Santa Barbara and Montecito. Here, residents have access to picturesque canyons and vistas of the Santa Ynez Mountains, beaches, museums, upscale shopping, and Santa Barbara wine country (popularized by the 2004 movie Sideways), just 35 miles away.

Fun Facts

  • Greater Los Angeles is the second-largest metropolitan area in the United States, behind the New York metropolitan area
  • Venice Beach was named among the “World’s 50 Best Beaches” according to CNN
  • Hollywood is home of the world’s largest outdoor amphitheater, the Hollywood Bowl
  • Santa Barbara is home to more open space per capita than any other city in the country

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