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New York City and Los Angeles Compared

New York City and Los Angeles Compared


New York City, New York The Big Apple Empire City, The City of Dreams The City So Nice They Named It Twice and Los Angeles, California The Big Orange, The City of Angels La-La Land, Shaky Town NYC and LA are the two largest cities in the United States. New York has the most people, with a population of 8.5 million, while LA has around 4 million people. CONAN: 4 million people, yeah. That’s a pretty big deal. That’s a big deal and I wanted to celebrate so ladies and gentleman, let’s do this. Jerry would you do the honors please? Yes! Here we go. Yeah! We did it! The New York metropolitan area, however, has 20.3 million people. So about 1 in 16 Americans live there. The Los Angeles metropolitan area has about 13.1 million people. Both are cosmopolitan, world famous cities. Two cities that never seem to sleep- always hustling and bustling. Over the last century, the two cities have dominated and influenced the culture of the rest of the country. It’s like the two forget the fact that the rest of us exist. You see this on mainstream TV. Most national news and entertainment programming occurs in LA or New York, although LA has way more YouTubers than New York. Both are by oceans. NYC by the Atlantic Ocean, and LA by the Pacific. Both are diverse. We’re talking people flock from all over the world to these two cities to start new lives. More than 37% of New York residents were born in another country. Nearly 40% of LA residents were born in another country. Almost half of the residents of LA are considered either Hispanic or Latino. New York has historically been the main way immigrants come to the United States. In both LA and New York, you’ll see lots of ethnic enclaves, or neighborhoods dominated by one ethnic group. Both tend to have younger residents compared to most other cities around the United States, although LA’s a bit younger. It’s really freaking expensive to live in both cities, although LA is about 8.3% less expensive than New York. But it’s a lot more expensive to buy a home in LA. The median household income in both cities is similar. The unemployment rates and job growth rates are also comparable. Related to how expensive it is in both places, of course, is how crowded both cities are. While LA is notorious for its bad traffic, by some metrics New York’s traffic is actually worse. Here’s another surprise. If you look at the entire metro areas, LA, the city known for its sprawl that goes on for miles and miles, has a higher population density than New York. But city proper, ain’t nobody as dense as New York City. We’re talking 27,000 per square mile in NYC versus around 8,000 people per square mile in LA. The average commute time for both cities is way higher than the national average. New Yorkers use more public transportation than LA folks BY FAR. I mean, there’s really no comparison. In LA, people own cars. They drive. In New York, over half of the households don’t own a car. 75% of Manhattan residents don’t. New York has by far the highest rate of public transportation use of any American city. 1 in 3 Americans who use mass transit regularly live in New York or its suburbs. New York has one of the largest subway systems in the world. Los Angeles? No offense, but your mass transit system is a joke. Larry David: Ah come on, open the door! Does this go to Olympic and Hauser? Bus driver: Not all the way, you gotta transfer Larry David: Transfer? Olympic and Hauser? Excuse me, sir, I’m supposed to go to Olympic and Hauser? Man: Yeah, it’s easy man. Get off at the La Hacienda stop. You got a couple options. Larry David: Ok, would you tell me when that’s coming up? Man: I’m not your babysitter. Figure it out. Both cities used to be under the control of different European countries. New York used to be New Amsterdam, under the control of the Dutch in first half of the 1600s. Los Angeles used to be under Spanish rule in the late 1700s and early 1800s, and then under Mexican rule for awhile. Yeah, let’s go into some history of the two cities. Eh? But before I get too far in New York, I should say this video is a collaboration with M.Laser, who just released a video about the history of New York. M.Laser: Hello! He goes in, like, way more detail than me. But I will give you some bits and pieces here. So New York, it used to be settled by the Russians. M.Laser – Actually no, the New York City area prior to the European colonization was inhabited by the Lenape people Ok well but New York city was named by the British after the York Peppermint Pattie M.Laser – No it wasn’t Agh just go do your video already M.Laser – OK but I am going to need your help. Wait, what did you do? M.Laser – Don’t worry about it Yeah so anyway, now that you’ve got some history of New York, here is a bit of the history of LA. When the Spanish arrived in greater numbers in the 1700s, around 5,000 Native Americans known as the Tongva resided in the Los Angeles basin. NYC was founded in 1624, 157 years before LA. To put that in perspective, Denver is 160 years old. And for decades, Los Angeles was just a sleepy little colonial town along the Pacific Ocean. It was founded on September 4, 1781, by 11 Mexican families, all known as Los Pobladores. Even after the Americans took control of the town in 1848, it remained small. However, that began to change after the completion of the Santa Fe railroad line, which connected Chicago to LA in 1885. After that, the population exploded, going from around 15,000 to 100,000 by 1900. In the early 1900s, filmmakers began flocking to the Los Angeles area to escape Thomas Edison and his Motion Picture Patents Company in New York. You see, in Southern California they could escape the ridiculous licensing fees from Edison’s monopoly. Once the filmmakers got to LA, they stayed for the wonderful weather and wide range of geographical locations and architectural styles nearby. So Hollywood fueled even more growth, as well as innovative aircraft construction during World War II. After World War II, growth remained steady, and while today old industries in the city have dramatically declined, new ones have taken their place. The top three industries in Los Angeles today are entertainment (no surprise there), aerospace, and tourism. The top three in New York are financial services, media, and communications. New York residents are generally more well educated than LA residents. About 39% of New Yorkers have at least a bachelor’s degree compared with 32% of Angelenos. It gets quite a bit colder in New York, although it can get pretty hot in the summer. It has a humid subtropical climate, believe it or not. New York has four seasons. LA has two. A wet season and a dry season. LA has what they call a Mediterranean climate, with moderate, lovely temperatures year-round. And yeah, it can get fairly dry there, which often can cause wildfires that swallow up neighborhoods. Speaking of disasters, LA also has to deal with earthquakes being in the Ring of Fire, and more smog than New York, but it’s not as bad as it used to be there. New York might have a bad winter storm here and there, but usually by the time hurricanes make their way up the East Coast to NYC they have weakened considerably. LA has mountains nearby, New York doesn’t. New York is actually, like five cities. Really they are administrative divisions. They call them boroughs. They all used to be independent places but consolidated. The five are Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island. New York has stricter laws overall than LA. For example, it has a ban on smoking in public. New York also has a higher tax burden than LA. New York has lower property taxes, but slightly higher sales taxes and much higher income taxes. What about tourist attractions? Well New York’s got Times Square, the Statue of Liberty, One World Trade Center, Central Park, The High Line, The Rockefeller Center, and the Empire State Building. LA’s got Hollywood, Universal Studios, Disneyland, Griffith Observatory and Park, The Getty Center, Santa Monica Pier, and Venice Beach. Professional sports teams? Of course. New York’s got the Yankees and Mets for baseball, the Giants and Jets for football, the Knicks and Nets for basketball, and the Devils, Islanders, and Rangers for hockey. LA’s got the Dodgers and Angels for baseball, the Chargers and Rams for football, the Lakers and Clippers for basketball, and the Kings and Ducks for hockey. Other random things. New York has a stock exchange. LA does not. LA has hosted the Olympic games. New York has not. New York was tragically one of the sites of the deadliest terrorist attack in American history. LA hasn’t had a severe earthquake since 1857, back when hardly anyone lived there. That was a magnitude 7.8 on the Richter scale. It this were to happen today, it would be perhaps the deadliest natural disaster in American history. LA has palm trees, New York does not. Strangely, when Los Angeles was founded, it didn’t have any palm trees at all, by the way. Alright, so this is getting way too long. I better wrap this up. The bottom line is, the two cities definitely symbolize two different cultures in the United States. You know, the whole East Coast/West Coast divide. When you’re at both places, you really feel like you’re in the middle of it all. While the two try to dominate over the whole country, it’s nice to know they keep each other in check. I’m here with the Cynical Historian and Grant Hurst and I’m just going to ask them what they think the differences are between New York and LA Cypher: Pizza. That’s it. Grant: In LA, no one uses their signal on their cars. In New York, no one drives cars. Mr. Beat: Which do you prefer? Personal preference. Cypher: LA Grant: Probably LA, yeah. Mr. Beat: Ok, why? Cypher: I can still drive, and being able to like, have a house? Grant: Well yeah, as expensive as LA is, it’s still cheaper than New York. Mr. Betts: Woah, woah. Mr. Beat. New York versus LA? It’s no contest! New York all the way! We have the best people the best cultures, the best landmarks the best buildings, the best pizza the best bagels, the best baseball It’s New York all the way. And I know this is a total rip off of that Casey Neistat angle. We still got him, too! What did we miss? What did we get wrong and right? Come on now. I know a ton of you live in either Los Angeles or New York or travel to both regularly. Which is better? Personally, I think I’d rather live in LA honestly. Also, do not forget! This is a collaboration with my friend M.Laser. He released a video about the history of New York City, and I’ve linked it below. So go watch that now if you haven’t already. What else do you have to do, really? The laundry? The dishes? That can all wait. M.Laser actually has a whole series on the history of cities around the world. So that means you skip out on a bunch of chores. Thanks to my friends Mr. Betts, the Cynical Historian, and Grant Hurst for appearing in this video. Go check out their channels as well, and thank you for watching!

100 thoughts on “New York City and Los Angeles Compared

  1. Which is better? New York City or Los Angeles? Which two cities should I compare next?

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  3. This video is incorrect as far as Los Angeles having a poor mass transportation system. This is a big falsehood. It used to be true, but ever since the beginning of the late 1980' to early 1990's Los Angeles has the best and most extensive MTS in the country. It has a subway, trolly or above ground railroad system, of course, buses, regional trains that connect surrounding counties to L.A. downtown etc. The MTS extends out further and farther than NYC…

  4. 9:38 well it did happen again and it wasn’t that bad i was in ben feeling like i was on the ocean so BOOM WEST IS BEST BAYBEEEE

  5. The big orange that’s Orange County Anaheim Irvine Orange Santana garden grove that’s not los angles that’s Orange County

  6. As a foreigner i say that both cities are very iconic when it comes to deciding which one is THE American city, my mom lived in both for work and she always says that she likes both but considering life standards she’d rather live in LA but loves the NYC lifestyle.

  7. Casey Neistat now moved to LA so…. SORRY NY. I love you deeply but LA seems to be winning the race it seems.

  8. I remember when I was younger I've always wanted to live in LA, now I don't and I don't know what I was thinking lmao

  9. I'm not American but I visited both city's, I seriously don't know why LA is even compared to NY.
    New York is like a whole new world , and there was almost nothing to do in LA, Plus Its so fricking hot in this city I literally didn't stopped sweating the whole time .

  10. everyone forgets about the boroughs of NYC, I live in Queens where you can buy a nice, full house in a suburban area while having short and easy commute times via subway and bus which takes less to the same amounts of time than the outskirts of LA to westside and downtown. Same thing w staten island even though literally not even New Yorkers give a fuck about them

  11. Never visited the cities, I am visiting NYC for the first time in a few weeks but from what I’ve heard, I prefer NYC. I like the whole cluttered feel of NYC and having four seasons. I’ve always lived with four seasons so I’d be weird to have a climate like LA for me. Plus I love snow so. I’m open to visiting LA but having grown up in both the Midwest and East Coast (I’ve moved around) so I’d probably feel more comfortable in NYC

  12. LA doesn't only have 2 seasons. That's just false. There are differences in temperature and daylight hours between the different times of year in LA, not just differences in the amount of rainfall. LA is not in the tropics.

  13. los angeles is way way more scenic and fun than new york, coming from a person who used to live in nyc and now in la

  14. If I was wealthy and able to afford living in one of those places hands down it would be NYC. I noticed that someone else commented that LA is more like an overgrown suburb with business districts. I agree because I was born, raised and currently living in a city that is very much suburban and although LA has a lot of exciting and great places to visit; the vibe I got there was suburban. Just larger and more spread out than what I was used to. I would likely visit again but I'm not in a big rush to do so.

    But NYC is a thriving metropolis and it's very electric. You feel the city's electricity the moment you arrive. I'm so looking forward to going back there as soon as I can. I'm a naturally fast walker and so I easily fit in the hustle and bustle of leaving one place and rushing off to the next. Growing up whenever I saw movies that took place in NYC there was something so different and so exciting about it. And whenever I saw scenes that showed crowds of people walking fast along the city's sidewalks even as a kid I remember feeling like I wanted to be there too. I used to live in New Orleans but it is nothing compared to NYC. Yeah there's Bourbon Street but come on Times Square has it beat by a long shot. I know that it's not for everyone and not everyone is a fan but I can honestly say that I'm a huge fan of that city. I ❤ NYC!!

  15. NYC is about the past; LA is about the future. NYC has nature surrounded by a city; LA has a city surrounded by nature.

    Both are intriguing and exciting.

  16. I see a lot of comments just hating on Florida even though it’s not even related to the video, but anyways if I want to be honest since I live in South Florida. Miami is basically LA except instead of earthquakes and wildfires we have thunderstorms (Which you get used to while living here) and Hurricanes which happen every 1-2 years and they’re only dangerous depending on where you’re staying during it.

    Anyways people think Florida is dangerous because of they think there is alligators everywhere along with crazy people (Which is because of drug use). Anyways this part is for the people who think the “Florida People wrestle pet alligators” meme is actually true and for people who actually read and might reply to this extremely long comment.

  17. I think NY it's the biggest an economy giant that needs to professional people
    LA it's creativity city, there a good climate that bothers
    By the way, i prefer NY…
    Are you?

  18. i’m not even from nyc, nor do I live there. But if you don’t like New York City, fuck you. It’s SO MUCH BETTER. I FUCKING LOVE NEW YORK.

  19. LA is better because LA does not have much skyscraper and NYC Skyscraper blocks my view. LA has more fun amusement parks. CA has more People than NY. Im from Fresno CA.

  20. 9:31 Los Angeles actually had a very severe earthquake in 1994. The Northridge earthquake measured at a 6.7 on the Richter scale. It killed 57 people, injured 8700, and caused an estimated 13 billion dollars in damage.

  21. As if this is even a question….New York baby. New York is, hands down, the greatest city in the history of the world. No one can touch our greatness. It is known.

  22. I love both NY and LA. Innacurate on a couple things, the Angels are not a Los Angeles team and 1994 was a major earthquake.

  23. I have visited both. And being from the east-coast I would say that when it comes to the people, NYC seem way more down to earth, while LA seems a bit more superficial. NYC skyline is definitely awesome but LA does have the best "always sunny" and mostly warm weather and they have palm trees lol. I would say for touring and visiting, NYC wins hands down. But if I had to choose one to live in…I would have to go with LA cause I like palm trees haha.

  24. NY vs LA? Epstein vs Weinstein? Two liberal hellholes intent, in their excess and arrogance, on destroying the entire country. At least if you're going to live in overpriced hell, LA has better weather and prettier girls.

  25. the both politically are far left…so they dont keep themselves in check,they try to make everyone live like they do..with out a history book….that shows all cities collapse..i been to both and would not live in them,was cool to visit,for me NY was the coolest tho cause its kinda post apoc movie like judge dread or something,LA was shit tons of homeless people and junkies all over..but i would say the chicks where hotter in LA and more open to fucking on the first night me and my dude but both where to crowded for me,and trash all over and loud AF..i did not get to check the burbs out but i hear LA is more slums and ghettos then NY

  26. I live in San Diego but I go to los Angelo’s all the time for my bday 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😭

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