Los Angeles is one of the biggest and most popular cities in the world. However, despite the fact that the city has spent a considerable amount of time in the spotlight and under the scrutiny of the public eye, there are still some things that many people don’t know. With that in mind, here we present our list of 15 things you probably didn’t know about Los Angeles. Check out part one below, and stay tuned for part two, coming soon!
Number Fifteen: Los Angeles Has Seven Area Codes
Most people are aware of L.A.’s sprawl, but what some people don’t know is that the sprawl lasts for a whopping seven area codes. Those seven area codes are 301, 323, 213, 424, 626, 818, and 747. No other city in the U.S. can match it.
Number Fourteen: It’s Home to the Largest Thai Population Outside of Thailand
If you have roots in Thailand but can’t afford a trip there, just take a vacation in Los Angeles. You’ll feel right at home!
Number Thirteen: The City’s Average Driver Spends 59 Hours in Traffic Every Year
It’s true! Drivers in L.A. spend a depressing amount of time just sitting in traffic – over two full days every year, on average.
Number Twelve: Griffith Park Was a Gift From a Man Named Griffith J. Griffith
It’s a good thing that Griffith J. Griffith gave L.A. the gift of Griffith Park because his name must have been a talking point he hated. What were his parents thinking?
Number Eleven: It’s Always Had Smog
Though some people attribute the city’s smog to pollution, the truth is that it’s always been that way. In fact, one nickname given to L.A. by the ancient Chumash tribe actually translates to “valley of smoke.”
Number Ten: The County’s Smallest City Has a Population Under 200
The smallest city in Los Angeles County is called Vernon. Vernon has a population of just 114 people.
Number Nine: The Shirley Temple Was Invented in Los Angeles
The Shirley Temple cocktail is a non-alcoholic beverage of ginger ale, grenadine, and a maraschino cherry. Interestingly, it was invented in L.A. Stay tuned for part two of our list of 15 things you didn’t know about Los Angeles, coming soon!