Los Angeles County
Los Angeles County is a county in California and is by far the most populous county in the United States. Figures from the U.S. Census Bureau give an estimated 2008 population of 9,862,049 residents, while the California State government’s population bureau lists a January 1, 2009, estimate of 10,393,185. The county seat is the city of Los Angeles, the largest city in California.
The county is home to 88 incorporated cities and many unincorporated areas. The southern portion is the most heavily urbanized area and is home to the vast majority of the population which lives along the Southern California coastline and the inland basins and valleys. The northern half is a large expanse of less-populated desertincluding the Santa Clarita Valley and the Antelope Valley, which encompasses the northeastern part of the county and is adjacent to Kern County. With regard to sightseeing, tours of Los Angeles often focus on LA, Hollywood & Beverly Hills. In between these portions of the county sit the San Gabriel Mountainsand the vast wilderness known as the Angeles National Forest.