Everything may be bigger in Texas, but that
saying can honestly apply to California, too, especially in Los Angeles. If you’ve ever been to Los Angeles, you’ll
know that it isn’t like any other American city, where most of them have a major commercial
center, surrounded by industrial and suburban zones, and then some smaller cities. Los Angeles, however, feels more like suburbs
that go on forever (and that’s kind of what it is), but as the victim of a horrible case
of city sprawl, how big is the city itself? In terms of other American cities, LA can
comfortably fit Milwaukee, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Cleveland, Boston, San Francisco, Pittsburgh
and Manhattan with quite a bit of space to spare. If that isn’t saying much, it’s also bigger
than some small countries, and I mean countries bigger than Vatican City (which could fit
in Downtown Portland). Los Angeles can fit several small countries,
including Bahrain, San Marino, and Andorra. This leaves just 9 km^2 short, and amasses
to a population of 1.84 million people, granted that’s significantly less than the 4,000,000
in the city alone (not yet factoring the metro area). Let’s talk about actually getting across
the city, which can take a long time, even on that one day the traffic was manageable. I planned a trip on Google Maps from the extreme
north of the city in San Fernando, all the way to Long Beach, a nearly hour-long car
trip, which isn’t too long, but that amassed to around 80 km (50 miles), which is the altitude
of space, to those who use the imperial system. For a reasonable comparison, a trip from Washington
DC to Baltimore takes about the same time, but is about 15-20 km shorter. I also planned a similar trip here in Portland,
from near Gresham to the Oregon Zoo, which would have taken a half-hour and covered around
a quarter the distance. So, LA is stupendously big for a city, and
sure feels like it, but what about the LA Metropolitan Area? Well, at 12,562 km^2… not that big! It is slightly smaller than Connecticut (14,357
km^2), and about the same size as Vanuatu, if you squish the islands together (12,189
km^2), or slightly larger than Qatar. So, hopefully you get the idea that LA is
not so much comparable with other cities, but states and small nations. Of course, several cities are actually even
bigger than LA, like Beijing (16,411 km^2), which has a lot of the features of what you
commonly associate with LA. Surprisingly, most megacities actually keep
themselves compact, which is actually great for society and the environment. Thanks for watching, and if you want to find
out more about why denser cities can be much better, I linked a video from MinuteEarth
where I’d usually put a similar KhAnubis Productions video (not a collaboration — I
wish it was). If you enjoyed this video, please be sure
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