We already brought you part one of our list of 15 things you probably did not know about Los Angeles, and now we’re back with part two! Check out eight more fascinating facts about the popular California metropolis that you definitely (probably) did not know below. You might be surprised by what you find out!
Number Eight: Los Angeles Has More People Per Square Mile Than New York
While New York has an impressive 5,319 people per square mile, L.A. has almost 7,000. Considering the sprawl of the city, that’s almost unbelievable!
Number Seven: It’s Home to the World’s First Movie Theater
But is that really such a surprise? The first movie theater was Tally’s Electric Theatre, and it opened in 1902.
Number Six: The Story Behind Murphy’s Ranch
Murphy’s Ranch might sound like a warm, inviting place, but it’s just the opposite. The ranch is actually a bunker that Hitler was going to use to run his empire after the war. The bunker included a giant meat locker and a diesel power plant.
Number Five: Beverly Hills Began as a Lima Bean Ranch
It’s true! While it’s now renowned for its impressive real estate and A-list celebrities, the city started out as just a little old lima bean ranch.
Number Four: The City Houses a Shocking Number of Undocumented Immigrants
Approximately one in 10 Los Angeles residents is an undocumented immigrant. Many undocumented immigrants flock to the city, so the population continues to grow.
Number Three: The Hollywood Sign Once Read ‘Hollywoodland’
Though the sign is now famous for simply reading “Hollywood,” when it was originally released it read “Hollywoodland.” The sign was first unveiled in 1923.
Number Two: Its Longest Street Stretches 40 Miles
The longest street in Los Angeles is Sepulveda Boulevard. If you were to drive down the entire street, you’d be driving for an impressive 40 miles.
Number One: It’s No Longer the Murder Capital
While the city recorded nearly 1,100 murders in 1992, 20 years later in 2012 there were only 298. This is great news for the city, which no longer has a reputation for being excessively dangerous. We hope you enjoyed our list of 15 things you didn’t know about Los Angeles!