Income/capita 0%
Household income 7%
Unemployment 31%
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Income per capita$29,878$31,458$29,829
Median household income$51,538$63,783$55,322
Median income owner occupied$87,511$86,568$70,586
Median income renter occupied$37,762$43,419$35,192
Median earnings male$30,113$36,599$36,919
Median earnings female$24,908$27,020$26,250
Unemployment rate6.1%5.5%4.7%
Poverty level21.5%15.8%15.1%

Key findings

  • The income per capita in Los Angeles is equal to the national average
  • The median household income in Los Angeles is 7% lower than the national average
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings
  • The unemployment rate in Los Angeles is 31% higher than the national average
  • The poverty level in Los Angeles is 42% higher than the national average

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      Los Angeles employment by industry

      Labour TypeMaleFemale
      Construction industry10.4%0.8%
      Manufacturing sector9.8%0.6%
      Financial & insurance services3.2%4.2%
      Wholesale & retail services13.5%12.7%
      Public administration1.9%2.7%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities6.0%2.2%
      Education, health & social services11.1%29.3%

      Nearby cities with high median household income

      CityPopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      La Cañada Flintridge, CA20,477$158,438186.4%
      Manhattan Beach, CA35,573$144,868161.9%
      San Marino, CA13,324$139,792152.7%
      Hermosa Beach, CA19,726$121,345119.3%
      Rose Hills, CA3,033$117,875113.1%
      Los Angeles, CA3,918,872$51,5386.8%

      Cities with similar population

      CityPopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Toronto, ON3,013,752n/a 
      Chicago, IL2,714,017$50,4348.8%
      Houston, TX2,240,582$47,01015.0%
      Montréal, QC1,811,008n/a 
      Philadelphia, PA1,559,938$39,77028.1%
      Los Angeles, CA3,918,872$51,5386.8%
      Source: The Los Angeles, CA employment data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).