The City of Los Angeles has about 3.8 million people. The L.A./Long Beach/Santa Ana area, the cities of which pretty much comprise one large city, has about 13 million people. The Greater Los Angeles Area includes Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, and Ventura counties, and has about 18 million people.
Given that many people tell people, out of convenience, that they’re ‘from L.A.’ even when they don’t actually live in the City of L.A., how do you recon L.A.'s population? Do you count only the CIty of L.A.? Or do you include L.A., Long Beach, and Santa Ana? Or L.A. and Long Beach? Personally, I don’t include the Greater L.A. Area because San Bernardino, Riverside, and Ventura Counties are too far out.