Los Angeles is originally a Spanish settlement known as "Reina de los Angeles" or "Queen of the Angels."
Modern Los Angeles is commonly called "City of Angels." It is the seat of Los Angeles County, on the Pacific Coast. Los Angeles has approximately 4 million residents, the second most populous U.S. city next to New York. H.L. Mencken in 'Americana' described Los Angeles as "Nineteen suburbs in search of a metropolis."
Los Angeles is regarded as one of the most culturally diverse places in the world. This is largely attributed to a considerable number of immigrants to the United States entering the city – all from 140 countries who speak at least 224 different languages. The 'co-existence' of varied cultures, evident in ethnic communes like Chinatown, Koreatown, Little India, Little Armenia, Thai Town, Historic Filipinotown and Little Ethiopia, makes for a fascinating Los Angeles urbanity.
Los Angeles is a world-class city, if only for hosting the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games.