The Los Angeles Metropolitan Area is the most populous in the United States. It is not nearly as densely arranged as many of its metropolitan counterparts; it is much more horizontally oriented, sprawling across beaches and mountains and valleys. Two aspects of LA life persist like death and taxes: gorgeous weather and insufferable traffic. Beyond these unifying elements, the many boroughs and suburbs of Los Angeles vary greatly, each with its own charms and challenges.
Los Angeles is one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse cities in the country. Its Latin-, Korean-, Persian-, African-, and Armenian-American populations are significant, well-integrated into the cultural fabric of the area, and particularly influential on the culinary landscape. Residents of Los Angeles enjoy equal access to beaches for swimming or surfing and to mountains for hiking or jogging.
LA is also famously the nexus of the American entertainment industry; many of its residents work for studios, talent agencies, post production houses, or as actors. Sports culture in the city is relatively strong, especially surrounding the Lakers and Dodgers. Los Angeles is a city willed from the desert; a city of dreams, of sunshine, and of driving.