Los Angeles County, CA

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Population

10.2M

0.252% growth

Median Age

36.6


Median Household Income

$65,006

5.98% growth

Poverty Rate

17%


Number of Employees

4.97M

1.8% growth

Median Property Value

$588,700

9.44% growth

About

In 2017, Los Angeles County, CA had a population of 10.2M people with a median age of 36.6 and a median household income of $65,006. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Los Angeles County, CA grew from 10.1M to 10.2M, a 0.252% increase and its median household income grew from $61,338 to $65,006, a 5.98% increase.

The population of Los Angeles County, CA is 48.6% Hispanic or Latino, 26% White Alone, and 14.6% Asian Alone. 57.4% of the people in Los Angeles County, CA speak a non-English language, and 83.7% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Los Angeles County, CA are University of Southern California (15,664 degrees awarded in 2016), University of California-Los Angeles (12,961 degrees), and California State University-Northridge (9,890 degrees).

The median property value in Los Angeles County, CA is $588,700, and the homeownership rate is 45.6%. Most people in Los Angeles County, CA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 30 minutes. The average car ownership in Los Angeles County, CA is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Los Angeles County, CA employs 4.97M people. The largest industries in Los Angeles County, CA are Health Care & Social Assistance (623,121 people), Retail Trade (509,795 people), and Manufacturing (463,575 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($80,832), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($79,767), and Management of Companies & Enterprises ($75,596).

Median household income in Los Angeles County, CA is $65,006. Males in Los Angeles County, CA have an average income that is 1.26 times higher than the average income of females, which is $59,658. The income inequality in Los Angeles County, CA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.497, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$65,006

2017 value

± $756

5.98%

1 Year Growth

± 1.28%

Households in Los Angeles County, CA have a median annual income of $65,006, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $61,338 in 2016, which represents a 5.98% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$75,050

Average Male Salary

± $702

$59,658

Average Female Salary

± $597

In 2017, full-time male employees in Los Angeles County, CA made 1.26 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Los Angeles County, CA by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $69,782 ± $1,103

  2. White

    $63,110 ± $578

  3. Two or More Races

    $51,776 ± $1,728

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Los Angeles County, CA workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.11 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Los Angeles County, CA by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Los Angeles County, CA is from California.

0.497

2017 Wage GINI

0.503

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in California was 0.497 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 1.1% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for California was higher than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in California in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in California across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 7007

  2. Census Tract 2624

  3. Census Tract 7006

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Los Angeles County, CA was Census Tract 7007 with a value of $250,001, followed by Census Tract 2624 and Census Tract 7006, with respective values of $248,750 and $240,357.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Los Angeles County, CA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

17% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Los Angeles County, CA (1.69M out of 9.96M people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Females 18 - 24.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. Hispanic

    1,027,849 ± 6,561

  2. White

    790,331 ± 6,166

  3. Other

    472,075 ± 4,780

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Los Angeles County, CA is Hispanic, followed by White and Other.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

4.97M

2017 Value

± 36,360

1.8%

1 Year growth

± 1%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Los Angeles County, CA grew at a rate of 1.8%, from 4.89M employees to 4.97M employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Los Angeles County, CA, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (290,969 people), Building Cleaning & Pest Control Workers (160,309 people), and Other Personal Care & Service Workers Except Personal Appearance, Baggage Porters, Concierges, & Child Care Workers (152,009 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Los Angeles County, CA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Los Angeles County, CA, by number of employees, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (290,969 people), Building Cleaning & Pest Control Workers (160,309 people), and Other Personal Care & Service Workers Except Personal Appearance, Baggage Porters, Concierges, & Child Care Workers (152,009 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Los Angeles County, CA has an unusually high number of residents working as Textile, Apparel, & Furnishings Workers (2.89 times higher than expected), Entertainers & Performers, Sports, & Related Workers (2.74 times), and Art & Design Workers (1.87 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Los Angeles County, CA, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($91,709), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($82,302), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($82,293).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

4.97M

2017 Value

± 36,360

1.8%

1 Year growth

± 1%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Los Angeles County, CA grew at a rate of 1.8%, from 4.89M employees to 4.97M employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Los Angeles County, CA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (623,121 people), Retail Trade (509,795 people), and Manufacturing (463,575 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Los Angeles County, CA, though some of these residents may live in Los Angeles County, CA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Los Angeles County, CA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (623,121 people), Retail Trade (509,795 people), and Manufacturing (463,575 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Los Angeles County, CA has an unusually high number of Information (2.07 times higher than expected), Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (1.47 times), and Wholesale Trade (1.28 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Los Angeles County, CA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($80,832), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($79,767), and Management of Companies & Enterprises ($75,596).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from California to other states, or from other states to California.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $196B

  2. $157B

  3. $127B

In 2015, the top outbound California product (by dollars) was Electronics with $196B, followed by Mixed freight with $157B and Gasoline and $127B.

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound California products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$1.54T

2015 Value

$2.48T

Projected 2045 Value

61.2% growth

In 2015, total outbound California trade was $1.54T. This is expected to increase 61.2% to $2.48T by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound California trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from California to other states, or from other states to California.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $63.1B

  2. $42.2B

  3. $31.2B

In 2015, the top outbound California domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $63.1B, followed by Arizona with $42.2B and Washington and $31.2B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that California shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

91% of the population of Los Angeles County, CA has health coverage, with 43% on employee plans, 26.9% on Medicaid, 8.37% on Medicare, 12.1% on non-group plans, and 0.637% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Los Angeles County, CA was $7,549 in 2014. This is a 4.04% increase from the previous year ($7,256).

Primary care physicians in Los Angeles County, CA see 1391 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.361% increase from the previous year (1386 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1199 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 343 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Tehama County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (10.6%). Additionally, Tulare County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (33.4%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,391 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Los Angeles County, CA see an average of 1,391 patients per year. This represents a 0.361% increase from the previous year (1,386 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Los Angeles County, CA in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$7,549

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,735

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,368

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,833

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in California (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.04%, from $7,256 to $7,549.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

8.97%

Uninsured

43%

Employer Coverage

26.9%

Medicaid

8.37%

Medicare

12.1%

Non-Group

0.637%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Los Angeles County, CA declined by 6.29% from 9.57% to 8.97%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Los Angeles County, CA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 10.6% prevalence

  2. 10.5% prevalence

  3. 10.3% prevalence

Tehama County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in California, at 10.6%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in California by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Los Angeles County, CA is home to a population of 10.2M people, from which 83.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 34.2% of Los Angeles County, CA residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Los Angeles County, CA is composed of 4.94M Hispanic or Latino residents (48.6%), 2.64M White Alone residents (26%), 1.48M Asian Alone residents (14.6%), 794k Black or African American Alone residents (7.81%), 225k Two or More Races residents (2.21%), 29.5k Some Other Race Alone residents (0.29%), 24.6k Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.242%), and 23.5k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.231%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Los Angeles County, CA are Spanish or Spanish Creole (3,792,695 speakers), Chinese (392,964 speakers), and Tagalog (245,419 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

28

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.1

49

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 0.2

In 2017, the median age of all people in Los Angeles County, CA was 36.6. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 28, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 49. But people in Los Angeles County, CA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Los Angeles County, CA residents was 36.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

34.2%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

34.3%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 34.2% of Los Angeles County, CA residents were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Los Angeles County, CA was 34.3%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    4,079,391 ± 46,960 people

  2. Philippines

    859,594 ± 22,514 people

  3. China

    683,330 ± 20,119 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Los Angeles County, CA was Mexico, the natal country of 4,079,391 Los Angeles County, CA residents, followed by Philippines with 859,594 and China with 683,330.

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Citizenship

83.7%

2017 Citizenship

83.2%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 83.7% of Los Angeles County, CA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Los Angeles County, CA was 83.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. Hispanic or Latino

    4.94M ± 55.9k

  2. White Alone

    2.64M ± 3.4k

  3. Asian Alone

    1.48M ± 8.52k

In 2017, there were 1.87 times more Hispanic or Latino residents (4.94M people) in Los Angeles County, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.64M White Alone and 1.48M Asian Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Los Angeles County, CA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    3,792,695 speakers (39.8%)

  2. Chinese

    392,964 speakers (4.12%)

  3. Tagalog

    245,419 speakers (2.58%)

57.4% of Los Angeles County, CA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is higher than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Los Angeles County, CA was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 39.8% of the overall population of Los Angeles County, CA are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 4.12% speak Chinese and 2.58% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    87,716 ± 3,622

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    48,793 ± 3,628

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    30,916 ± 3,030

Los Angeles County, CA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.8 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Los Angeles County, CA awarded 169,429 degrees. The student population of Los Angeles County, CA is skewed towards women, with 347,741 male students and 421,132 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Los Angeles County, CA are Hispanic or Latino (61,947 and 40.1%), followed by White (41,973 and 27.2%), Asian (25,309 and 16.4%), and Black or African American (10,828 and 7.02%).

The largest universities in Los Angeles County, CA by number of degrees awarded are University of Southern California (15,664 and 9.25%), University of California-Los Angeles (12,961 and 7.65%), and California State University-Northridge (9,890 and 5.84%).

The most popular majors in Los Angeles County, CA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (15,016 and 8.86%), General Business Administration & Management (13,276 and 7.84%), and General Psychology (5,481 and 3.23%).

The median tuition costs in Los Angeles County, CA are $36,682 for private four year colleges, and $5,472 and $16,632 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 6,816 degrees awarded

  2. 3,543 degrees awarded

  3. 2,662 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Los Angeles County, CA was General Business Administration & Management with 6,816 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Los Angeles County, CA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 15,664 degrees awarded

  2. 12,961 degrees awarded

  3. 9,890 degrees awarded

$5,472

Median In-State Public

$36,682

Median Private

In 2016, the Los Angeles County, CA institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Southern California with 15,664 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

70,007

Degrees Awarded to Men

99,422

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 70,007 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Los Angeles County, CA, which is 0.704 times less than the 99,422 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Los Angeles County, CA by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. Hispanic or Latino

    61,947 degrees awarded

  2. White

    41,973 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    25,309 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Los Angeles County, CA were to Hispanic or Latino students. These 61,947 degrees mean that there were 1.48 times more Hispanic or Latino students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 41,973 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Los Angeles County, CA was $588,700 in 2017, which is 2.71 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $537,900 to $588,700, a 9.44% increase. The homeownership rate in Los Angeles County, CA is 45.6%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Los Angeles County, CA have an average commute time of 30 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Los Angeles County, CA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$65,006

Median Household Income

± $756

3.31M

Number of Households

± 28,161

In 2017, the median household income of the 3.31M households in Los Angeles County, CA grew to $65,006 from the previous year's value of $61,338.

The following chart displays the households in Los Angeles County, CA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$588,700

2017 Median

± $3,462

$537,900

2016 Median

± $4,937

In 2017, the median property value in Los Angeles County, CA grew to to $588,700 from the previous year's value of $537,900.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Los Angeles County, CA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Los Angeles County, CA the largest share of households have a property value in the $500k - $750k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Los Angeles County, CA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Los Angeles County, CA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

45.6%

2017 Homeownership

44.6%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 45.6% of the housing units in Los Angeles County, CA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 44.6%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Los Angeles County, CA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Los Angeles County, CA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Los Angeles County, CA have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

30 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Los Angeles County, CA have a longer commute time (30 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 3.81% of the workforce in Los Angeles County, CA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    74.6%

  2. Carpooled

    9.3%

  3. Public Transit

    5.74%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Los Angeles County, CA was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Public Transit.

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