New Los Angeles Edition Now Available!

Newcomer's Handbook for Moving to and Living in Los Angeles, 6th EdBrand new, updated for 2014! First Books, publisher of the bestselling Newcomer’s Handbook® relocation series, is excited to announce publication of the sixth edition of the Newcomer’s Handbook® for Moving to and Living in Los Angeles: Including Santa Monica, Pasadena, Orange County, and the San Fernando Valley.

This 398-page volume will quickly orient newcomers to the history, culture, and lifestyle of the Southland. Highlights include:

  • Local Quirks & Lingo, in the Introduction, offers essentials for living here; unsurprisingly, many points are related to driving and parking. How does a “red flag day” alert affect parking? Does “going over the hill” have something to do with unavailability of plastic surgery?
  • Each community section in the Neighborhoods chapter now features a photosample of local housing in the area. Get an idea of what to expect before exploring neighborhoods for yourself.
  • A new section of Helpful Apps has been added to the Getting Settled chapter, offering even more ways to get connected in the area.

Here is a short introduction to Los Angeles:

“At first glance, Los Angeles appears to be a sprawling metropolis with no clear demarcations from one municipality to the next, let alone distinct neighborhoods. It takes time and patience to navigate this d to understand the subtle qualities that make Santa Monica different from Venice, or Silver Lake from the Fairfax district, but after a while, you will find neighborhoods in Los Angeles have different characteristics. Exploring LA’s com- munities is easy and fun, and for newcomers especially, it’s encouraged—just expect to spend at least some of the time sitting in traffic.

While cruising through the city, you will no doubt encounter the “strip mall” phenomenon; that is, the appearance of one-to three-story mini-malls on every other block. While some consider these modern strip malls architectural eyesores, these neighborhood commerce centers usually provide a needed service or product.

Los Angeles’ problems of crime and violence may be notorious, but in reality, they reflect the nation’s urban woes and are certainly no better or worse here than in other major US cities. In fact, in the latest survey of FBI crime statistics, which ranked violent crime levels of the 300 largest metropolitan areas in the country, Los Angeles didn’t even make the top 100. As in any city, a good dose of street smarts and common sense will help steer you away from trouble, and as safety experts are fond of reminding us, always be aware of your surroundings. Certain high-crime neighborhoods, such as South Central and Watts, are not recommended for outsiders or newcomers, but there are plenty of safe and affordable areas in which to live, work, and play.

In terms of climate, the warmest temperatures and worst air pollution occur in the summer months, and in general, you can expect the climate and air quality to be hotter and smoggier the further east you go. The Los Angeles metropolitan area reliably ranks at or near the top of ozone pollution lists, so if smog-related illnesses are a particular concern, choose your location carefully. For detailed information on the air quality in the areas you are considering calling home, contact the South Coast Air Quality Management District at 909-396-2000,

The City of Los Angeles is the second most populous city, behind New York City, in the USA, with an estimated population of 3.8 million in 2012. Los Angeles County is comprised of 9.9 million residents and alone would rank as the eighth most populous state. LA is a multi-ethnic, multicultural society, as diverse as any city in the world. The ethnic breakdown of students enrolled at LA Unified School District (the largest district in the USA after New York) tells you just how diverse it is here: 73.7% Hispanic, 10.2 % Black, 8.8% White, 5.8% Asian, and the balance includes American Indian, Filipino, and Pacific Islander. People from more than 140 coun- tries live in Los Angeles County, including the largest population of Mexican, Armenian, Korean, Filipino, Salvadoran, and Guatemalan communities outside their respective home nations. The city is so large you can fit St. Louis, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Boston, Pittsburgh, and Manhattan all within the municipal boundaries!

For decades, people around the world have been attracted to Los Angeles for its promises of fame and fortune, and excellent year-round weather. While only a sliver of the population is famous and wealthy, the good weather here is no myth. Average temperatures range from 58 degrees Fahrenheit in December to 73 degrees in September, and it’s not uncommon to have an 80-degree day at the beach in February, while much of the rest of the country shivers under a layer of snow. Our annual precipitation is just under 15 inches, with an average of 291 sunny days a year.

Some fun facts you may want to know about LA…”

Buy now to read the rest of this excerpt and learn all you need to know about Los Angeles!

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