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Los Angeles Residents Lead Less Sedentary Lives Than Adults Nationwide

According to the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, adults need at least 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise a week, as well as two or more sessions of muscle strengthening activities. However, a large share of Americans do not exercise at all outside of getting up and going to work, and that share has […]

Los Angeles is America’s 14th Least Obese City

The obesity epidemic is one the most serious health problems in America today. The incidence of obesity has more than tripled since 1980 among children aged 2 to 19 years and has increased substantially among the rest of the population. Today, 27.0% of adults are obese. In the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim metro area, 20.7% of […]

California is Healthier Than Most States

Progress in a society can be measured by steady improvement in health outcomes. The United States has made progress in some health areas over the years. Other health issues, however, have proven more challenging and some have even worsened considerably. Health outcomes differ widely across states, and the likelihood of living a healthy life largely […]

Los Angeles Residents Live Longer Than the Average American

Average life expectancy at birth in the United States is 78.5 years. However, the range of life expectancy across the country is nearly 10 years and depends largely on the city. In the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA metro area, life expectancy is 81.0 years at birth, greater than the average life expectancy nationwide. Across California, […]

California Managed Better Than Most States

Comparing the quality of governance between states can be challenging. The decisions state governors, legislators, city mayors and other elected officials make can have wide-reaching effects on state residents, and these decisions can sometimes take years to have an impact. Aware of these inherent challenges, 24/7 Wall St. has for seven straight years reviewed the […]

Why Owning a Home is Less Common in Los Angeles

Fewer and fewer Americans have been buying homes over the last decade. Today, just 63.0% of Americans own their homes, the smallest share since 1965. In the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim metro area, 47.9% of residents own their homes, lower than the national homeownership rate and the lowest of any metro area in California. Young Americans […]

Poverty Rate in Los Angeles Above National Rate

An estimated 15.7% of residents in the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim metro area live below the poverty line, a larger share than the national poverty rate of 14.7% and roughly similar to the state’s poverty rate of 15.3%. Los Angeles has the 12th lowest poverty rate of any California metro area. A high school education can […]

Why Students Graduating College in California Have Less Debt

Total student debt in the United States, at approximately $1.26 trillion, is the second largest consumer debt in the country after mortgages. The average debt of all U.S. college undergraduates, including those who did not take any student loans, is around $16,929 per student, according to new data from student loan news website the Student […]

Why Los Angeles Residents Spend More Time Commuting

The average resident of the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim metro area spends 30.0 minutes commuting to work, longer than both the national average of 26.4 minutes and the statewide average of 28.9 minutes. Los Angeles residents have the fifth longest commute of any metro area in California. Two of the main factors that determine commute time […]

Los Angeles Residents Less Likely to Smoke Than Adults Nationwide

An estimated 12.1% of adults in the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim metro area smoke, lower than the 17.0% national smoking rate and lower than the 12.8% statewide smoking rate. The Los Angeles smoking rate is the seventh lowest in California. According to the Centers for Disease Control, smoking is the number one cause of preventable death […]

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