Moving to Los Angeles, CA

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Popular opinions about Los Angeles are often contradictory. On the one hand, the city is heralded as a utopia of perpetual sunshine, Hollywood dreams, and free-thinking creativity. On the other hand, LA gets a bad rap as a dystopia of fake people, miserable traffic and unpredictable earthquakes. The truth, of course, lies somewhere in between. In a city this sprawling and diverse, you can truly create your own reality.

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Living

Brace yourself as you begin to look for housing. By some measures, Los Angeles is now the least affordable housing market in America. As both rents and home prices have climbed at a faster pace than salaries in recent years, Angelenos now devote a greater percentage of their paycheck to housing than anywhere else in the country. On the bright side, LA’s patchwork of eclectic neighborhoods offers something for everyone. Read our guide to top Los Angeles neighborhoods, then consult our list of best LA realtors to help make your search easy.

Traffic

The bad traffic in Los Angeles is legendary. In 2014, Los Angeles ranked second among major U.S. cities in number of hours drivers spend in traffic per year, clocking in at 80 hours per commuter. Some relief is on the way; the Metro Expo Line, which is scheduled for completion in early 2016, will connect Santa Monica and the Westside to Downtown via light rail.

Weather

LA’s sunny Mediterranean climate can’t be beat. Temperatures tend toward warm and mild year-round, and the city averages 284 sunny days per year. The only downside is that with a meager 26 days of precipitation per year on average, there’s often not enough rain to mitigate the enduring drought. On the other hand, El Niño conditions can make for wetter-than-normal winters. Also keep in mind that LA has numerous “microclimates”–it can often be foggy and cool at the beach (especially during May and June) while inland areas can be up to 20 degrees warmer.

Average temperature in August (warmest month): 84°F high, 64°F low
Average temperature in December (coldest month): 68°F high, 47°F low

Economy

In 2013, Los Angeles became the first county in the nation to reach 10 million people, making it one of the largest economic entities in the U.S. According to City-Data.com, Los Angeles is the biggest manufacturing center in the West, one of the world’s busiest ports, a major financial center, and the largest retail market in the country.

In addition to the entertainment industry, whose presence in the city is strongly felt, Los Angeles is also a world leader in aerospace, fashion, and healthcare. Silicon Beach, a critical mass of tech companies like Google and Snapchat clustered on the Westside, is LA’s answer to Silicon Valley.

Unemployment rate: 5.3% (as of November 2015)
Average weekly wages for all industries: $1,120 (first quarter 2015)

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Los Angeles, CA Arts and Entertainment

The Broad

The Broad, South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, United States

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, United States

Petersen Automotive Museum

Petersen Automotive Museum, Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, United States

The Getty

The Getty, Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA, United States

The Museum of Jurassic Technology

The Museum of Jurassic Technology, Venice Boulevard, Culver City, CA, United States

Paley Center for Media

Paley Center For Media, North Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA, United States

Museums

Los Angeles boasts some of the most renowned museum collections in the world.

The Broad
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Petersen Automotive Museum
The Getty
The Museum of Jurassic Technology
Paley Center for Media

Griffith Park

Griffith Park, Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles, CA, United States

Tongva Park

Tongva Park, Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA, United States

Grand Park

Grand Park, North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, United States

Vista Hermosa Park

Vista Hermosa Natural Park, North Toluca Street, Los Angeles, CA, United States

Silver Lake Meadow

Silver Lake Meadow, West Silver Lake Drive, Los Angeles, CA, United States

Exposition Rose Garden

Exposition Park, Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles, CA, United States

Descanso Gardens

Descanso Gardens, Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA, United States

Nature

The beach isn't the only way to enjoy L.A.'s great outdoors.

Griffith Park
Tongva Park
Grand Park
Vista Hermosa Park
Silver Lake Meadow
Exposition Rose Garden
Descanso Gardens

Grand Central Market

Grand Central Market, South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA, United States

Sqirl

Sqirl, North Virgil Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, United States

Odys & Penelope

Odys + Penelope, South La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, United States

aestus

Aestus, Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA, United States

Belcampo Meat Co.

Belcampo Restaurant and Butcher Shop, Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA, United States

Toca Madera

Toca Madera West Hollywood, West 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA, United States

Cafe Gratitude

Cafe Gratitude Venice, Los Angeles, CA, United States

Restaurants

These delicious eateries epitomize L.A.'s current healthy-meets-gourmet revolution.

Grand Central Market
Sqirl
Odys & Penelope
aestus
Belcampo Meat Co.
Toca Madera
Cafe Gratitude
Entertainment

This is the entertainment capital of the world, so there’s never a dull moment. Film buffs will thrill to the vast choice of cinemas. The incredible pool of acting talent here fuels theater productions large and small. You might spot the next “Saturday Night Live” star at one of the many comedy clubs or the next big rock band playing at an indie venue.

Nightlife

Hollywood and Downtown are popular spots for the young and beautiful, with an array of see-and-be-seen cocktail lounges and thumping dance clubs. The Eastside buzzes with hipster dive bars and live music, while the beach cities are a good place for a laidback imbibing with ocean views. Bars close at 2 am; if you want to extend your night out, after-hours eating at diners and taco trucks is practically an LA ritual.

Food

Los Angeles is recognized as a leader on the national culinary scene. Good burgers and Mexican food are ways of life here, but the city’s proximity to fantastically fresh California produce means that LA has been a trendsetter in terms of health-conscious, plant-based, organic fare. You’re as likely to have a great meal at a chef-driven restaurant as you are at a food truck.

Sports

Los Angeles is home to two NBA teams—the Lakers and the Clippers—who both play at the Staples Center. Baseball fans have the Dodgers, hockey fans have the Kings, and soccer fans have the Galaxy. There’s currently no NFL team, but plans to bring one to the city are in the works.

Diversity

LA’s population is incredibly diverse and multiethnic. There is no majority population here; 140 countries (primarily in Latin America and Asia) and approximately 86 different languages are represented in the city. Aside from this array of nationalities, Los Angeles is also home to every subculture under the sun. Scientists, intellectuals, and writers coexist peacefully with rockers, hipsters, and beach bums.

Nature

Angelenos are outdoorsy types, and the year-round mild weather certainly helps. The city’s beaches are an obvious main attraction. There are also fantastic hiking opportunities in the Santa Monica and San Gabriel Mountains. Sprawling Griffith Park, set in the foothills, offers everything from mountain biking to horseback riding. Not much more than an hour away, you’ll find skiing in the local mountains, so you can literally go from the snow to the sand in the course of a day.

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