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5 reasons to live in LA

Thinking about joining City Year Los Angeles? Here are five reasons it might be the right move.

a sprawling view of Los Angeles at night

The beautiful Los Angeles weather

Los Angeles is in a prime location between the coast and the mountains, helping create the perfect climate for surfing the waves, hanging out with friends at a local park or heading for a weekend hike to check out the stellar views. Even in wintertime, many days are sunny and mild—which means you don’t need a whole new wardrobe to survive freezing temperatures—we’re looking at you people from the North!

Enjoy one of the most diverse U.S. cities

L.A. is one of those cities that really represents American diversity. In the greater metropolitan area, at least 185 different languages are spoken—one in two Angelinos speak a language other than English at home. Spend time exploring L.A. landmarks like Olvera Street, Little Armenia, Little Tokyo, Historic Filipinotown, Koreatown, Thai Town and much more! Living in L.A. provides the perfect opportunity to explore the world and an incredible variety of tasty cuisines.

Great colleges and universities

This city is serious about education! With 106 colleges within 50 miles of Los Angeles, anyone looking to start or continue their undergraduate career or attend a graduate program after their service has no shortage of options! Consistently top-ranked schools like UCLA, Loyola Marymount University and Pepperdine University are among just a few of the amazing colleges and universities to choose from—and in the meantime they add to the long roster of cultural events available around town.

Sports fanatics will feel right at home in L.A.

Home to two basketball teams, the LA Clippers and the championship winning LA Lakers, the seven-time World Series winning Dodgers, and two football teams, Los Angeles is perfect for anyone who loves the thrill of competitive sports. It has professional teams for the most popular sports as well as minor league and semi-pro teams—roller derby, anyone? Be sure to check out a rugby or ultimate frisbee game if you’re looking for something outside of the NBA, MLB or NFL!

The top reason to move to Los Angeles

There’s an even better reason to move to L.A. for a year or two—over 600,000 students in the Los Angeles Unified School District need stronger in-school support networks to help them achieve their goals. You can be part of a dedicated and talented team of AmeriCorps members that makes a difference every day in students’ lives—and at the same time gain valuable experience that will help you make the next step in your career after service. Learn more about City Year’s impact in Los Angeles.

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