Los Angeles County has the largest population of any county in the nation, exceeded by only eight states. Approximately 27 percent of California's residents live here. More than 1 million of the 10.4 million residents live in unincorporated areas, whose municipal services are provided by the County. The other 9.3 million live in 88 cities, located throughout a 4,084-square-mile area.

There are 1.7 million students in elementary and high school, and many thousands more in college, including those in 27 public community colleges and universities. Approximately 73,000 residents are homeless. It is a diverse county, with more than 140 cultures and as many as 224 languages. Providing services to such a diverse population is challenging, evidenced by required printing of ballots in seven languages.



Meningococcal Vaccine Available Meningococcal Vaccine Available
The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services will be providing free meningococcal vaccines for low-income and uninsured residents in Los Angeles County.
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County Residents Encouraged to Prepare for Emergencies or Disaster
Los Angeles County residents are encouraged to review their emergency survival procedures and make use of County resources to seek help and prepare for a disaster or emergency.

The County of Los Angeles is providing curbside Christmas tree recycling for its unincorporated residents from December 26 through January 16. The trees collected will be recycled into compost, mulch, or ground cover, which helps preserve natural resources and reduce waste.

Community Organizations Can Become Energy Champions Community Organizations Can Become Energy Champions
Energy Upgrade California has launched the “Energy Champions” program to help community-based organizations raise money by encouraging homeowners in their communities to make their homes more energy efficient. An Energy Champion organization can receive $500 for each homeowner they introduce to the program who completes a home energy upgrade.

Remembering Our Veterans and Their Families
On Saturday, May 28 at Arcadia County Park, Mayor Antonovich invites the public to his 14th Annual Veterans Day event. Many surprises are planned including live entertainment and a special tribute to the armed forces co-hosted by weatherman Fritz Coleman.

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Did You Know?
  • Between Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, Americans throw away 25 percent more trash than during any other time of year.
  • The County's Health Services Department is the second largest municipal health system in the nation.
  • Used motor oil is a major source of oil contamination of waterways and can pollute drinking water sources
  • Together, the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are the nation's largest container shipping facility and the fifth-largest port complex in the world.
  • Thirty-seven cities contract with the County to provide nearly all of their municipal services.
  • There were 80,757 known gang members in L.A. County in 2007, half of them in the City of Los Angeles, which counted 700+ gangs.
  • There are approximately 140 unincorporated areas.
  • There are 88 cities in L.A. County.
  • There are 25 freeways in L.A. County.
  • The supervisor representing a specific unincorporated area oversees County activities in that community.
  • The movie "Gridiron Gang" starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was based on real-life efforts of county probation officers at Camp Kilpatrick in Malibu.
  • The jails house the largest psychiatric population in nation.
  • The county is home to the nation's largest urban American Indian population.
  • The county has two major railroads.
  • The county has one of the nation's largest mass transit systems (subways, commuter trains and buses).
  • The county has one international, three regional and 11 local airports.
  • The county has more than 21,000 miles of roadway, 3,215 miles in unincorporated area.
  • The county Public Guardian is the conservator for 5,000 residents who are mentally ill or elderly and frail.
  • The Sheriff's Department provides services to nine community colleges, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and 618 courtrooms in 48 Superior Courts.
  • The Sheriff's Department provides services to 2.7 million residents in unincorporated areas and 40 contract cities.
  • The Sheriff's Department is the largest sheriff's department in the world, with more than 17,000 employees.
  • The Sheriff's Department houses 19,000 inmates in eight jails.
  • The Public Defender's Office is the nation's oldest and largest such agency.
  • The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach handle more than 40 percent of the nation's containerized cargo, 70 percent of the West Coast.
  • The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are the nation's two largest ports.
  • The Mental Health Department is the largest county mental health department in the world, serving 250,000 residents.
  • The District's Attorney's Office is the largest local prosecution agency in the nation.
  • The County's Unincorporated Areas Services Office coordinates activities with the departments.
  • The County's Bad Check Restitution Program tracks down bad check writers and recovers losses for their victims.
  • The County shelters 80,000 animals each year.
  • The County serves 2.3 million meals to the elderly annually, including 900,000+ to persons who are homebound.
  • The County receives more than 2,000 requests daily for certified copies of birth, death and marriage certificates.
  • The County provides in-home supportive services to 155,000+ aged, blind and disabled persons monthly.
  • The County provides health care services to approximately 700,000 persons annually, including some 300,000 emergencies and trauma visits.
  • The County provides cash assistance to approximately 400,000 individuals monthly, including welfare recipients, refugees and immigrants.
  • The County operates and maintains 15 major dams.
  • The County operates a countywide housing program for low-income persons, including Section 8 subsidies.
  • The County offers employment-related services to 70,000+ welfare recipients monthly.
  • The County monitors more than 25,000 insect pest detection traps.
  • The County manages approximately 475,000 child support cases annually.
  • The County manages approximately 3,000 public housing units.
  • The County maintains approximately 100,000 streetlights.
  • The County maintains 500 miles of open channel; 2,500 miles of underground storm drains, and more than 70,000 catch basins.
  • The County maintains 200+ million deeds, mortgages, liens and other real estate records.
  • The County investigates more than 67,000 cases of suspected child abuse and neglect annually, involving approximately 150,000 children.
  • The County investigates 22,000+ senior and dependent adult abuse cases annually.
  • The County has synchronized more than 2,200 traffic signals and plans to do 700+ more.
  • The County has a Consumer Protection Division to investigate and prosecute unfair or dishonest business practices.
  • The County handles adoptions for 2,000+ children each year and performs assessments for more than 400 independent adoptions.
  • The County enforces a "zero drug tolerance" policy in its public housing units, terminating the leases of violators.
  • The County assists more than 3,500 domestic violence victims annually in shelters.
  • The County annually inspects 50,000+ gas pumps and 17,000+ scales to ensure their accuracy.
  • The County Fire Department provides services to nearly 4 million residents in 58 cities and unincorporated areas.
  • The Child Support Services Department is the largest locally operated child support agency in the nation.
  • The Board of Supervisors acts as the "city council" for unincorporated areas.
  • The Animal Care and Control Department serves 51 cities and all unincorporated area.
  • The Animal Care and Control Department is the largest animal control agency in the nation.
  • The 2007 homeless count was 73,000, down 17% from 2005.
  • Supervisors have deputies that work with the residents of unincorporated areas to ensure their concerns are handled.
  • Spaying/neutering and microchipping of dogs is required in unincorporated areas.
  • Sheriff's deputies deal with nearly 100 cultures and languages on a day-to-day basis.
  • Nearly 20 percent of the jail inmates are mentally ill and homeless.
  • More than 800,000 copies of birth certificates are issued annually.
  • More than 65 percent of the County is unincorporated.
  • More than 60,000 marriage licenses are issued annually.
  • More than 212,000 fictitious business name filings are processed annually.
  • Los Angeles is the largest city with 4 million residents; Vernon the smallest with 96.
  • Individuals may ask for up to $7,500 when filing in Small Claims Court, but may file only two claims in a year for more than $2,500.
  • Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the nation.
  • Hollywood Boulevard between Western and Normandie avenues in Los Angeles is officially known as Thai Town.
  • Deputy Bert, a camel, is an official reserve deputy for the Sheriff's Department.
  • Collection systems at the Los Angeles River and Ballona Creek capture more than 300 tons of litter annually, keeping it from going into the ocean.
  • By calling 211 you can access information about more than 28,000 health and human service programs in the County.
  • Approximately 60,000 death certificates are issued annually.
  • Approximately 150,000 copies of marriage certificates are issued annually.
  • Approximately 1 million live in unincorporated areas.
  • Actor Lou "The Hulk" Ferrigno is a reserve sheriff deputy.
  • About 2 million of the County's 10 million residents are uninsured.
  • 9.2 million of the county's 10.3 million residents live in cities.
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