Moving to Los Angeles – Relocation Guide

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Moving to Los Angeles

Located in the state of California, in the south west of the state, and featuring a western coast line, Los Angeles is the second largest city in the US and one of the most important and well known cities in the world. The city benefits from a Mediterranean style climate with mild, rainy winters and warm or hot summer months.

Infrastructure / Job Prospects

If you are are interested in moving to Los Angeles for work, you will find a variety of industries important to the locale, the most well known of these being the entertainment industry.

Los Angeles is a world leader in the production of modern popular entertainment, and the city is world renowned for its contribution to modern culture. It has consistently attracted the modern entertainment industries, most notably the Motion Picture, television and music production industries for decades. The county of Los Angeles has the highest number of creative businesses in the country, over 27,000, and over 340,000 creative jobs. More businesses are moving to Los Angeles and the surrounding areas to benefit from this position, for example the video games industry, which is a natural fit for the area.

LA is becoming increasingly well known for its fashion, which goes hand-in-hand with its glamorous entertainment industry. Over 40% of all apparel imports travel through Los Angeles ports, and the Fashion industry, which provides the state with over 100,000 direct employees, generates over $60 billion per year, including $450 million in taxes for the state.

The Port of Los Angeles is one of the largest employers, and is responsible for transporting nearly 200 million tonnes of goods, worth over $200 billion dollars, and serving over a million passengers a year. The port has an annual revenue of over $400 million, directly employing over 250,000 people and generating $8.4 million for the local economy in tax and wages.

Other major industries in the city include aerospace, with the city home to Northrop Grumman, and petroleum. There are also specific industry concentrations in specialist fields such as automobile research and design.

The city is also the largest center of manufacturing in any state, and is home to one of the most important ports in the US, which facilitates trade with the Pacific Rim nations.

Many companies are located outside of the city, retaining the benefits of moving to Los Angeles, but gaining from lower taxation and other advantages, such as easier transport and lower property costs, in areas like Beverley Hills and Santa Monica.

Living cost and Taxes

The cost of living in Los Angeles is good when compared to other major cities, such as San Francisco and New York. An average of around 15% – 20% increase in disposable income can be expected if you were moving from these areas.

Personal taxation in Los Angeles is relatively high with a state income tax of between 1% and 9.3% and a sales tax of 8.25%


The largest port is the well known Port of Los Angeles. Founded in 1907, the port recently celebrated its centenary, and is located south of the center. Together with the Port of South Beach and forming the largest port in the US and one of the busiest in the world, in terms of both passengers, and cargo, transporting nearly 200 million tonnes worth of cargo, and serving more than 1 million passengers per year.

The port is also ideal for taking a cruise and attracts many cruise lines to the city.

The port leads the industry in terms of environmental action, aiming to reduce total emissions by around 50 percent over the next 5 years, and has invested in the local community through direct contribution and development schemes.

The Port of Long Beach which lies next to the Port of Los Angeles mainly handles container cargo (over 50 million tonnes per year) and over three quarters of the cargo is inbound, mostly from China, Mexico and Hong Kong. The port also exports, mainly to the Pacific Rim.

Moving to Los Angeles

Major airports

Los Angeles is home to the largest concentration of airports in the world, with six commercial airports, and 4 under city ownership.

The largest airport, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), is owned by the city, and the fifth busiest airport worldwide, serving around 60 million passengers a year. LAX offers a superb range of destinations, allowing you to fly to nearly 90 US cities and 70 international destinations, including London, Amsterdam, Paris, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Sydney and Hawaii.

The secondary airport for the area, and often a preference for locals is the LA/Ontario International Airport, which serves a large number of US continental cities, several cities in South America and Honolulu in Hawaii. In addition it is sometimes used by international flights as an emergency landing point when the primary airport LAX is unavailable due to bad weather.

Important Cities and Population Density

The cities population of 3.8 million is contained within an area of around 450 square miles. This makes it the second largest city in the US, having a density of nearly 8000 people per square mile.

State Facts

Los Angeles was founded in 1781 by Felipe de Neve and the cities name means “The Angels”.

The name also gives rise to the well known nickname “The City of Angels”.

Los Angeles was briefly a part of Mexico, between the years 1821 and 1848, before California joined the US as a state in 1850.

Moving to Los Angeles

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