|County of Los Santos|
|— County —|
|Region||Southern San Andreas|
|Metro area||Los Santos metropolitian area|
|Incorporated||February 18, 1850|
|Named for||Named for the city of Los Santos|
|County seat||Los Santos|
|• Chief Executive Officer|
|• Board of Supervisors||Supervisors|
|Time zone||Pacific Standard Time (UTC-8)|
|• Summer (DST)||Pacific Standard Time (UTC-7) (UTC)|
|ZIP Code||To be added.|
|Area code(s)||To be added.|
Los Santos County (also known as L.S. County or the County of Los Santos) is a county in the U.S. state of San Andreas. As of the 2010 census, the county had a population of 9,818,605, making it the most populous county in the United States. Los Santos County alone is more populous than 42 individual U.S. states. The county seat is the city of Los Santos, the largest city in San Andreas and the second-largest city in the United States (after New York City).
Los Santos County was one of the original counties of San Andreas, created at the time of statehood in 1850.
Transportation infrstructure Edit
The county has an extensive freeway network of legendary size and complexity, which is maintained by Caltrans and patrolled by the San Andreas Highway Patrol. It also has a vast urban and suburban street network, most of which is maintained by city governments. The county and most cities generally do a decent job of maintaining and cleaning streets.
Both the freeways and streets are notorious for severe traffic congestion, and the area's freeway-to-freeway interchanges regularly rank among the top 10 most congested points in the country.
Major highways Edit
Los Santos International Airport (LSX), located in southern Los Santos, is the primary commercial airport for commercial airlines in the county and Greater Los Santos Area. LSX is operated by Los Santos World Airports, an agency of the City of Los Santos.
Los Santos is a major freight railroad transportation center, largely due to the large volumes of freight moving in and out of the county's port factilities. The ports are connected to the downtown rail yards and to the main lines of Union Pacific and Burlington Nothern Santa Fe headed east via a grade-separated, freight rail corridor known as the Alameda Corridor.
The county's main seaport is the Port of Los Santos (Ocean Docks). They handle over a quarter of all container traffic entering the United States, making the complex the largest and most important port in the country, and the third-largest port in the world by shipping volume. The Port of Los Santos is the largest cruise ship center on the West Coast, handling more than 1 million passengers annually. The Port of Los Santos is home to the Sea Launch program, which uses a floating launch platform to insert payloads into orbits that would be difficult to attain from existing land-based launch sites.
Los Santos County is commonly associated with the entertainment industy. There are a lot of major film studios, which are located within the county. Beyond motion picture and television program production, other major industries of Los Santos County are internation trade supported by the Port of Los Santos, music recording and production, aerospace, and professional services, such as a law and medicine.
The 2012 United States Census reported that Los Santos County had a population of 9,818,605. The racial makeup of Los Santos County was 4,936,599 (50.3%) White, 856,874 (8.7%) African American, 72,828 (0.7%) Native American, 1,346,865 (13.7%) Asian (4.0% Chinese, 3.3% Filipino, 2.2% Korean, 1.0% Japanese, 0.9% Vietnamese, 0.8% Indian, 0.3% Cambodian, 0.3% Thai, 0.1% Pakistani), 26,094 (0.3%) Pacific Islander (0.1% Samoan), 2,140,632 (21.8%) from other races, and 438,713 (4.5%) from two or more races.
The homeownership rate is 47.9%, and the median value for houses is $409,300. 42.2% of housing units are in multi-unit structures.
Law, government and politics Edit
Legal system Edit
The county was targeted with the threat of legal action by the American Civil Liberties Union in 2004 regarding a small cross on its seal. The ACLU said that separation of church and state prohibited this display. On September 14, 2004, the seal was modified to address this and other complaints.
Crime statistics Edit
Crime in 2008
- Assaults: 5452
- Auto thefts: 7727
- Burglaries: 5254
- Murders: 568 (5.7 per 100,000)
- Rapes: 582
- Robberies: 2210
- Thefts: 9682
The Los Santos County Office of Education provides a supporting role for school districts in the area. The county office also operates two magnet schools, the International Polytechnic High School and Los Santos County High School for the Arts. There are a number of private schools in the county, most notably those operated by the Los Santos Archdiocese.
As of 2000, there are hundreds of Christian churches, 202 Jewish synagogues, 145 Buddhist temples, 48 Islamic mosques, 44 Bahai worship centers, 37 Hindu temples, 28 Tenrikyo churches and fellowships, 16 Shinto worship centers, 14 Sikh gurdwaras in the County. The Los Santos Archdiocese has approximately 5 million members and is the largest in the United States.