Los Angeles County Demographics and Statistics.

I'm always interested in learning more about where I live. The US Census has fairly good information, but sadly even though they update estimates on some data, a lot of it is hopelessly out of date because the census is only conducted every 10 years.

Today I discovered the California Department of Finance Financial and Economic Data. They have much more recent data on all the various California counties. For use in later posts, I'm going to list some of their key data on Los Angeles County here (data accessed on 7/19/07.)

Population:

Population, 7-1-06: 10,292,723
Percent of California: 27.5%

1-1-06
Population in households: 10,066,953
Population/household: 3.123

Schools:

Enrollment, Fall 2006 (public & private schools) Kindergarten-12: 1,833,725
Enrollment, Fall 2005 Colleges: 539,562

  • UC, Los Angeles: 37,221
  • California State Universities: 100,181
  • Community Colleges: 380,987
  • Independent: 21,173

    Employment:

    Civilian labor force, 2006: 4,860,600
    Civilian employment: 4,631,600
    Unemployment: 229,000
    Unemployment rate: 4.7%

    Nonagricultural wage & salary employment, 2006 (BLS series): 4,092,542
    Percent of California: 27.2%
  • Trade, Transportation and Utilities: 814,083
  • Professional and Business Services: 594,667
  • State and Local Government: 536,267
  • Educational and Health Services: 481,300
  • Manufacturing: 462,275
  • Leisure and Hospitality: 387,508
  • Financial Activities: 248,042
  • Information: 209,692
  • Construction: 156,675
  • Other Services: 145,717
  • Federal Government: 52,333
  • Natural Resources and Mining: 3,983

    Personal income, 2005 (mil.): $342,231.0
    Percent of California: 25.6%
    County Rank: 1

    Per capita income, 2005: $34,426
    Percent of California: 93.2%
    County Rank: 19

    Avg. earnings per job, 2005: $51,806
    Avg. wages per job, 2005: $46,228
    Avg. earnings per nonfarm proprietor, 2005: $33,858

    Median family income, Census:
    1979: $21,135
    1989: $39,035
    1999: $46,452

    Median household income, Census
    1979: $17,563
    1989: $34,965
    1999: $42,189

    Median adjusted gross income (AGI) based on personal income tax returns, 2004:
    Individual: $28,686
    Joint: $52,170

    Number of Employers by Firm Size: (1999)
  • 1-4: 124,760
  • 5-9: 38,613
  • 10-19: 26,286
  • 20-49: 20,150
  • 50-99: 7,123
  • 100-249: 4,008
  • 250-499: 1,008
  • 500-999: 352
  • 1000+: 213
  • Total: 222,513

    Housing: (1/1/2006)

    Housing stock: 3,364,750
    Percent of California: 25.6%
  • Single family: 1,876,512
  • Multiple family: 1,431,547
  • Mobile homes, trailers, etc: 56,691
    Vacancy rate (percent): 4.2%
    Median Home Price
  • January 2007: $525,000
  • January 2006: $490,000

    Retail/Consumer Spending:

    Total taxable sales / Taxable Retail Sales / % of California
    2003: $113,685.4 MM / $79,426.7 MM / 24.7%
    2004: $122,533.1 MM / $86,496.7 MM / 24.5%
    2005: $130,722.4 MM / $92,271.2 MM / 24.3%

    Sales and Use tax rate (includes state, local, and district taxes): 8.250%
    * Rate may be higher in some areas of the county.

    Obviously, there is a ton more data available. But these in particular are what interest me. If you need more in depth data, check out their data sources.

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