Obviously, LA is better than SF (uh, duh), but did you know that LA is actually also better than every other city in the entire country, and it's provable? Yes, PROVABLE. Don't believe us? Well, you should, because here are 11 scientifically proven (<- see!) things that LA does better than anywhere else.
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According to the American Lung Association, LA's had the worst air in the country for 12 of the last 14 years, with violations of the federal health standard for ozone on an average of 122 days per year. We're number one! We're *cough* num- *cough* -ber...
Ok, there's no good way to angle this: the poverty rate rose 4.4% between 2007 and 2012 -- more than any other city with over one million people, with nearly 20% of the population living in poverty. Yeah, the number is two years old, but that's the most recent statistic, and it's safe to say that -- even if it's changed -- it's still too high.
Now for some good news: we are literally the biggest melting pot in the US -- Angelenos hail from 115 different countries and speak 225 languages. And before you go all 'Murica on that, keep in mind that we have the largest population of Mexicans, Guatemalans, Salvadorians, Filipinos, Vietnamese, Armenians, Japanese, and Koreans -- and all their foods are amazingly delicious.
What's the best research university in the WORLD? Harvard? No. Oxford? Blimey, no. And even if you guessed UCLA, you'd be wrong -- they're No. 12. But Pasadena's Caltech? No. 1, four years running. Science, bitches.
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Jeff Miller is the Senior City Editor of Thrillist LA and is pretty sure he's spent more than 56 hours in traffic this year. He's at @ThrillistLA on Twitter and @jeffmillerla on Instagram.