Life in America/Fact File

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The City of Los Angeles holds many distinctions. L.A. is the entertainment capital of the world, a cultural mecca with more than 100 museums, many of them world-class, and a paradise of idyllic weather.

From tourist attractions like the Walk of Fame’s collection of stars (numbering more than 2,614 and growing by one or two a month) to career opportunities like those presented in the tech industry, Los Angeles is the place to be. It is the only city in North America to have hosted the Summer Olympics twice - and by 2028 the third time. Downtown L.A. is the largest government center outside of Washington, D.C. Los Angeles has the only remaining wooden lighthouse in the state (located in San Pedro’s Fermin Park) and the largest historical theater district on the National Register of Historic Places (located Downtown on Broadway).

Los Angeles is on the leading edge of several growth industries. The Los Angeles metropolitan area, with more than 23,000 art jobs, is the country's leading artistic center, surpassing the previous champion, New York. In other words, Los Angeles has both a larger concentration and absolute number of artists than New York.

12,447,000 (2020)
4,083 square miles (10,570 km2)
time zone
Pacific Standard Time (PST) (GMT-8)

Interactive exercises

Reading comprehension

Do the exercises on a sheet of paper.

How many people live in Los Angeles? (over 12 million) (!about 12 million)

Use of English

Which words are explained? Drag & drop them into the gaps.

population the people who live there
president leader of the nation
skyscraper very tall building
inhabitant person who lives there
amusement park attraction with many rides

American English or British English?

Sort the expressions to the cliparts.

Candy-clipart.svg candy (AmE) sweets (BrE)
Mal Mangga Dua Jakarta.jpg shopping mall (AmE) shopping centre (BrE)
Autumn.svg fall autumn
Cookie.svg cookie biscuit
Apartment-clipart.svg apartment flat
Pants.svg pants (AmE) trousers (BrE)

See also: American English