Los Angeles ranks number two in the country for largest city. Los Angeles was originally claimed by Spain, then Mexico, and became part of the United States in the 1800s. Los Angeles was one of the first cities to designate industrial zones to separate them from residential areas. After World War II, a plethora of amusement parks sprang up in the area around Los Angeles. In the late 1960s, the Internet was born in Los Angeles. Los Angeles has a wide range of habitats, so many different plants and animals can be found there. A major fault system runs through Los Angeles, which produces a substantial number of earthquakes throughout the year. Due to the smog that is prevalent in the city, Los Angeles has led the country in mandating low-emission vehicles. With the 2028 Summer Olympic games slated to be held in the city, Los Angeles will be one of a handful of cities that will have held the Olympic games three times. Los Angeles is one of the few cities that profits from hosting the Olympics.
Early growth came to Los Angeles through oil discovery. Los Angeles accounts for about a fourth of the world’s petroleum output. Los Angeles holds the title for the country’s largest urban oil field. In the early 1900s, Los Angeles merged with Hollywood. The economy of Los Angeles was buffered during the Great Depression, because of this merger. Today, more than one in ten residents of Los Angeles works in a creative industry, such as film, dance, writing or music. Shipbuilding and aircraft manufacturing played a significant role in Los Angeles’ wartime economy, during World War II. Today manufacturing, entertainment, tourism, technology, petroleum, and international trade make up a sizable portion of Los Angeles’s economy. Los Angeles is considered one of the busiest container ports in the United States. Los Angeles ranks as one of the top cities in Gross Domestic Products, along with New York and Tokyo, which means the economy is growing.