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Best Cities 2010: Los Angeles, CA

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Best Cities 2010: Los Angeles, CA

Kid-friendly activities like Universal Studios Hollywood and the California Science Center make LA a fun-packed place to be

City: Los Angeles
State: California


Best Cities Overall Rank: 78


About Los Angeles: Amelia Earhart began her aeronautic career with flying lessons in Los Angeles in 1921.


In 1960 the Minneapolis Lakers basketball team moves to Los Angeles and was renamed the Los Angeles Lakers. Legendary Lakers have included Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant.


When you want to give your kids some experiences that won’t turn them into teenagers who dread family vacations, there’s no better place than Universal Studios Hollywood, where movie-making magic will keep them reminiscing for days, if not weeks. Or check out the California Science Center, which is custom-made for kids and has three levels of nonstop interactive exhibits.


County: Los Angeles


Population: 3,833,995


Official website for city visitors’ bureau/city: Visitor’s bureau website

Newspaper with the largest circulation: Los Angeles Times


Los Angeles blogs:
Los Angeles Moms Blog
L.A.ist
L.A. Snark


Los Angeles’ Facebook page: Follow Los Angeles on Facebook


Los Angeles’ Facebook page: Follow Los Angeles on Twitter


 


Education rank: 95


High School graduation rate 2008: 72.4%


Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 5


Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 0.13


NEAYC-accredited preschools: 51


NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 1.33


NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 253


Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 19.80


Total Expenditures Per Student: $13,341


 


Health rank: 100


Quality children’s hospitals: 3


Hospitals per 100,000 people: 7.82


Quality Pediatricians: 19


Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 0.50


Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 24.33


 


Safety rank: 22


Violent Crimes, 2008: 26,553


Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 692.57


Sex Offenders: 3,157


Sex Offenders per 100,000: 82.34


 


Economy rank: 82


Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 29.5


Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 12.4


Best Performing Cities Job Index: 1165.49


Median Home Sale Price: $404,400


5-Year Home Value Index: -4.69%


Percent of homes sold for a loss: 26.87%


 


Recreation Rank: 87


Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 15,722


Parkland per 100,000: 410.07


 


Photo courtesy of Sten Rüdrich