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Buy a House in Los Angeles County, One of the World’s Largest Economies

It may come as no surprise that Los Angeles County—an area that is home to major cities such as Los Angeles, Long Beach, Glendale, and Santa Clarita— is the most populous county in the United States. According to the United States Census Bureau, over 10 million people call Los Angeles County home, and fortunately for them, the county also measures up as one of the largest in the nation. The county houses its residents through a wide variety of dwelling types and neighborhoods, and with no shortage of things to do, places to go, or people to see, Los Angeles County has something for everyone. Literally. Or at least 27% of the State of California’s entire population. Needless to say, houses for sale in Los Angeles County are in high demand…

History of Los Angeles County California

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The First Peoples in the area we now call Los Angeles County were of the Kizh Nation (Gabrieleños), sometimes referred to as the Tongva people. These Indigenous people of southern California were seafarers who visited the Channel Islands seasonally, being drawn to the islands’ abundance of marine life where they could fish, harvest shellfish and pinnipeds, and manufacture tools.

Historian Charles Dwight Willard, in his 1901 book, “Herald’s History of Los Angeles,” explains that in the 1500s, Spanish maritime explorers, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo specifically, skirted the coast of Southern California in the all-encompassing pursuit of the Northwest Passage. (Spoiler alert: it doesn’t exist.)

It wasn’t until 1781 that the first pobladores, or settlers, arrived by land to establish California’s second pueblo, El Pueblo de Nuestro Señora la Reina de Los Ángeles del Río de Porciúncula, or The Town of Our Lady the Queen of Angels by the River of Porciúncula.

Later shortened to just “Ciudad de Los Ángeles” or Los Angeles, the area continued to grow, and after a series of battles between various nations, by 1848, the Mexican-American War had ended and this part of California became a part of the United States.

American settlers wasted no time in flocking to the area. By 1850, California entered Statehood and with that created an original 27 counties, one of which was Los Angeles.

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Los Angeles County Namesake

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California now has 58 counties, and the California State Association of Counties created a document that details how all of them got their names. An interesting tidbit is that historians report that the city of Los Angeles, (which existed before the county), has perhaps one of the most contested origin stories of all of our nation’s cities.

Regardless, Los Angeles is Spanish for The Angels and is a contraction of the lengthy original pueblo name. It makes sense that the county—home to the city that has grown to be the third-largest economic center in our global economy, bested only by Tokyo and New York City— is named after the tiny pueblo from which it was born.

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Location

It may come as no surprise that Los Angeles County—an area that is home to major cities such as Los Angeles, Long Beach, Glendale, and Santa Clarita— is the most populous county in the United States. According to the United States Census Bureau, over 10 million people call Los Angeles County home, and fortunately for them, the county also measures up as one of the largest in the nation. The county houses its residents through a wide variety of dwelling types and neighborhoods, and with no shortage of things to do, places to go, or people to see, Los Angeles County has something for everyone. Literally. Or at least 27% of the State of California’s entire population. Needless to say, houses for sale in Los Angeles County are in high demand…

Los Angeles County, CA Demographics

So, who wants to buy a house in Los Angeles County? Seemingly everyone. In a county of 10 million residents that spans over 4,000 square miles, this densely populated area includes 3,328,398 households with an average of three persons per unit.

Census Reporter, a website that makes easy-to-read infographics from U.S. Census Bureau data points out that of the 3,579,423 housing units available in the county, nearly 93% of them are occupied. Furthermore, 55% of them are owner-occupied, and the average cost for a mortgage in Los Angeles County is $2,500.

Property values are great, however, with the median value of owner-occupied housing units being between half and three-quarters of a million dollars, coming in at $644,100, according to 2020 Census data.

So where do all these folks work? Great question. There’s a wide variety of industries in L.A. County with solidly-paying jobs that make buying a home in Los Angeles County a reality. From the county that gave us Space X, Trader Joe’s, Makita Tools, Molina Healthcare, The Honest Company, Memorex, Isuzu, Hulu, Princess Cruise Lines, Mattel Inc., and so many more major corporations, securing employment in the county should not be incredibly challenging.

It nearly goes without saying that Los Angeles County is the entertainment media production Center of the Universe, with cities like Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Burbank, and Malibu in its midst. All five major film studios: Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros., Universal Pictures, and Walt Disney Studios are located within the county.

And there are other robust industries too. With the Port of Los Angeles and The Port of Long Beach bringing a large influx of international trade to the region, the former port is reported to be the busiest container port in North America, and processes 10-million container units in a 12-month period.

The average household income in Los Angeles County is a little over $68,000 with 79% of the population achieving a high school diploma or higher. Los Angeles County lags behind other counties of similar economies though, with only about a third of its residents achieving a Bachelor’s degree or higher.

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Why should you buy a house in Los Angeles County, CA?

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Why Los Angeles County?
In a county full of mountains, valleys, and beaches comprising over 70 miles of Pacific coastline, there’s not a lot to dislike about Los Angeles County. Well, except for maybe the traffic… The traffic can become quite congested during peak travel periods, so when you’re shopping for the perfect house for sale in L.A. County, keep your travel distances in mind. 40 major highways crisscross the county though, so once you learn the lay of the land, you can plan the best routes around your new city to learn the best road home.

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Why Los Angeles County?

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In closing, if you are looking to close a deal on a house for sale in Los Angeles County, you’ve picked an excellent part of California to do so. The climate, the sunshine, the cool vibes, and even cooler coastal breezes, make this a favorable part of SoCal to call home. We know that home buying isn’t for the faint of heart though, so speaking of favor, may the odds forever be in yours.

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