Although Los Angeles is known for earthquakes and wildfires, the consistently sunny city is filled with millions of people and beautiful scenery to welcome you home.
People from all over the nation, and the world, travel to L.A. to live, work, and retire. The city is the largest in California with a population of over 10.1 million people. 50 percent of the population consists of women.
The diversity is narrower as of 2014 than in 2010. In 2010, residents identifying themselves as white made up 50.3 percent of the population. As of 2014, the percentage is 71.3 percent, according to the Census Bureau. 14.8 percent is Asian, 9.2 percent is black or African-American, and 1.5 percent is American Indian or Alaskan Native. A larger percentage of residents (39%) were born in another country than found in other cities, and 56.8 percent of Los Angeles residents speak more than one language.
If you enjoy sunny weather year round, then Los Angeles is the place to live. Even during the winter months, the temperatures remain in the 50s and 60s. The average high in the summer is in the high 70s.
For the most part, the weather in Los Angeles remains constant and beautiful. The city does experience storms at times due to activity coming from the Pacific Ocean such as the recent line of El Nino Storms. Strong storms influence the temperatures, dropping them below average, as well as increasing wind. Rising waves and mudslides throughout Los Angeles can be a danger during times like these.
The Emergency Management Department for Los Angeles points out that not only are the occasional strong storms with flooding and mudslides a problem, but wildfires and earthquakes are devastating in the city and surrounding areas. It is important to be prepared and listen for instructions in the case of out-of-control fires or severe earthquakes in the area.
Most earthquakes in Los Angeles are never felt and the majority of the buildings are retrofitted to withstand the severe shaking. Before moving into your new home in the city, make sure the structure has been retrofitted.
Since wildfires are an issue, check to make sure all fire alarms are working in your home and change the batteries frequently. Make sure all brush is kept away from your home or apartment building as the wind conditions can be unpredictable and turn the direction of a wildfire quickly.
Although wildfires are devastating to the community, certain species of plant life require fire in order to continue to grow and reproduce. The giant sequoia is one species of tree whose seed must grow within the nutrient-rich ash layer after a fire. The Lodgepole tree is another species that relies on fire to melt the wax from its cones, so the fresh seeds can take root in the ash layer with little competition.
Due to the Mediterranean-type ecosystem in Los Angeles, beautiful drought and fire tolerant floral species grow, according to LA Mountains.com. You may be surprised to learn of the wildlife throughout the area including coyotes, mule deer, bobcats, and skunks.
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