LA Population

The Population of Los Angeles City, County, and Metro Area

LA Population
While most of the LA population is spread out among the region, Los Angeles does have a downtown although it lacks a core population. Getty Images

The LA population can be looked at in a variety of ways. LA population can refer to the population of the City of Los Angeles, to the County of Los Angeles, or to the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area. I will examine each aspect of LA population.

LA City Population

The City of Los Angeles is a very large one, it is the nation's second largest city (following New York City). The January 1, 2015 population estimate according to the California Department of Finance for the population of the City of Los Angeles was 3,957,022.

LA County Population

The County of Los Angeles is the largest county in the United States based on population. According to the California Department of Finance, the LA County population as of January 1, 2015 was 10,136,559.

LA County is home to 88 cities, including LA City. The population of those cities varies from 122 people in Vernon to nearly four million in the City of Los Angeles. The largest cities in LA County are:

1) Los Angeles - 3,957,022
2) Long Beach - 472,779
3) Santa Clarita - 213,231
4) Glendale - 199,182
5) Lancaster - 160,784

The unincorporated population in LA county as of January 1, 2015 is 1,051,872.

LA Metro Population

The United States Census Bureau estimates the population of the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Riverside, California Combined Statistical Area as of July 1, 2008 as 17,775,984. The LA metro population is the country's second largest, following New York City (New York-Newark-Bridgeport, NY-NJ-CT-PA).

This Combined Statistical Area includes the Metropolitan Statistical Areas of 1) Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA MSA, 2) Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA MSA, and 3) Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA MSA.