LA city has a population of 3.7 million people although the entire SoCal megalopolis totals 24million. LA has a population density of 7,800 people per square mile. LA Angeles County is the world’s 18th largest economy LA has 200,000 small business LA is the second largest manufacturing city in the US LA is the largest retail sales market in the country, with $75 billion in sales in 1996. Los Angeles International Airport is the third largest airport in the world. Los Angeles is the world’s entertainment center, where every day there are a hundred TV and movie production crews on location. LA had 23 million tourists and other visitors in 1996 who spent $10.5 billion. When Los Angeles was founded in 1781, 44 people (14 families) lived there Los Angeles is the home of the original Bay Watch television show, and is rimmed with miles of beaches. Los Angeles has more than 80 stage theaters and 300 museums, more than any U.S. city. The Port of Los Angeles is the busiest in the U.S. and one of the busiest in the world. Despite its image of an oasis with water and palm trees everywhere, Los Angeles is more like a desert, with an annual rainfall of only 15 inches (38 cm).