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U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for September 4: Los Angeles Founded

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WASHINGTON, Sept. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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Profile America '" Friday, September 4th. Today is the 234th anniversary of the founding of Los Angeles by the Spanish governor of California. It was a small village of just 11 families, but was given the name "The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels." The town had grown to some 6,500 residents when the Mexican Revolution overthrew Spanish colonial rule in 1821. California was among the territories ceded to the United States in 1848 after the Mexican-American War, and became a state in 1850 following the Gold Rush of the year before. At that time, the Los Angeles population was just over 1,600. Now, the city has a population of almost 3.9 million people, while Los Angeles County is home to over 10 million, almost twice that of the nation's second most-populous county. Profile America is in its 19th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.

Founding and settling families:
1821 population:,_California
1850 population:
Current population estimate:
County population estimate:
National county population estimates/all states/2014 sort in descending order:

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).

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