Los Angeles is best known for its entertainment industry, the area’s largest employer. But as the second largest city in the country, nearly every major industry has a presence in L.A. A combination of service industry work and upscale office jobs abound in the Westside, the Valley, and downtown.

Los Angeles is home to some of the best universities in the nation and top state schools.

Winters are mild and the temperatures don’t typically go below 40° F even in January and February. Summer can bring heat waves, but you can expect pleasant weather from April to November.

Residents can be found hiking, swimming, surfing, and relaxing year-round, with beaches and public parks abound. Runyon Canyon is especially popular, as are Griffith Park and Topanga State Park.

Downtown L.A. and the adjacent Arts District used to be deserted after work hours. But artists, designers, chefs and small business owners took advantage of abandoned spaces and created a creative and artsy haven.