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The Earth, a 4.54 billion year old rock (3rd from the sun Sol) in the Solar System, with a population of 6,795,520,671 (est 2009-11-07 16:41UTC).

  • The Northern Hemisphere, where 90% of Earth's people are located.
  • The Western Hemisphere, or sometimes called the American hemisphere.
    • The Americas, covering 8.3% of Earth total surface area, and 28.4% of it's land mass, it contains 910,720,588 (est. 2008-07) million people or about 13.5% of Earth's human population.
    • 35 Countries, and 23 Dependencies, with major languages being Spanish, English, Portuguese, and French, among others.
      • The North America, an area of 24,709,000 km2 with 528,720,588 (est 2008-07) humans in 23 countries, and 17 dependencies (including Central America and/or the Caribbean.

The United States of America, (commonly referred to as the United States, the U.S., the USA, or America).

  • The State of California, the most most populous state in the USA with 36,961,666 people; it's also the second largest 'sub-national' in the Americas (behind Sao Paulo, Brazil).
    • The state covers 423,970 km2, it's 400 km wide (Longitude 1148'W to 12424'W) and 1240 km long (Latitude 3230'N to 42N), 3rd largest by land (behind Texas & Alaska). The lowest point is in Death Valley (-86m), the highest point is Mount Whitney (4,418m). The Pacific Coast of California is about 1264 miles, from the US/Mexico border to Oregon.
    • If California were a country, California would be the 59th-largest in the world in area and would rank among the ten largest economies in the world, with a GDP similar to that of Italy. It would be the 35th most populous country.
    • The name California is the fifth-oldest surviving European place-name in the U.S.
    • Southern California, SoCal, is the south half of the State of California, with 22,422,614 people, in about 146,366.31 km?.
    • The Greater Los Angeles, the Southland, 17,786,419 in 12,562 km?; including Los Angeles County, Orange County parts of Ventura (Oxnard, Ventura, Thousand Oaks), San Beranrdiono Country and Riverside Counties.
      • The Los Angeles Metropolitan Area, Metropolitan Los Angeles or the Southland, is the 13th largest metropolitan area in the world, and 2nd largest in the USA, with a population of 15,250,000 (2009 est.).
        • The County of Los Angeles, 9.862 (est. 2008) million people and is by far the most populous county in the USA, it has 83 cities within it's boundries, including the county seat the City of Los Angeles.

Los Angeles, known as LA, or The City of Angels, or The Entertainment Capital of the World. is a 1214.9 km2 coastal city.

  • First visited by Europeans in 1542 by Captain Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo and crew, and again in 1602, Captain Sebastian Vizcaino dropped anchor at Santa Catalina Island and near San Pedro, and not visited again for the next 166 years.
  • Los Angeles had its beginnings between 1765 and 1771 in the plans of a royal bureaucrat visiting New Spain, General Jose de Galvez.
  • First settled on September 4, 1781, LA was then part of Las Californias.
  • The City of Los Angeles is America's second largest city (behind only New York City), and 45th largest on Earth, with a (2008-07 est.) population of 3,833,995 million people.

(*in the 2000 census)

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