MAJOR INDUSTRIES: Tourism, entertainment, communications, shipping, manufacturing and finance.

NUMBER OF MILLIONAIRES, LOS ANGELES COUNTY:
261,081

SALES TAX:
8.25 percent

AVERAGE PRICE OF GAS:
$4.47/gallon

NUMBER OF MOVIE AND TV SHOW LOCATION DAYS, FIRST QUARTER 2008:
11,357. On any given day there are 30 productions shooting.

TAXABLE RETAIL SALES (2008):
$95.49 billion (est.)

TOTAL PERSONAL INCOME:
$411 billion

ANNUAL AVERAGE EMPLOYMENT, MOTION PICTURE/TV PRODUCTION:
151,800

MEDIAN AGE:
32

POPULATION DENSITY:
2,447 people per square mile.

OVERNIGHT VISITORS:
25.6 million annually.

SQUARE FOOTAGE OF THE CALIFORNIA MARKET CENTER:
3 million

- On Aug. 2, 1769, Spanish explorers Juan Crespi and Gaspar de Portola entered the area to become known as Los Angeles.

- In 1781, the town “El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Angeles del Río de Porciúncula” was founded, and the name was later shortened to “Los Angeles.”

- Through the early 19th century, Los Angeles was a farm town and part of Mexico until the Mexican-American War.

- On April 4, 1850, the city of Los Angeles was incorporated, with California entering the union five months later.

- As the movie industry blossomed, millions flocked to L.A. to strike it rich and by the late Fifties the city’s population had reached two million.

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, TSN Market Research, Los Angeles Economic
Development Corporation, California Employment Development Department, LosAngelesGasPrices.com, WCities.com, FilmLA Inc.

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