Residents of Los Angeles are called Angelenos. Slightly less than one-half of them are white; slightly more than one-tenth are black; one-tenth are Asians.

People of Hispanic origin account for about 46 per cent of the population. Mexicans, or Chicanos, are the most numerous Hispanic group. They live mainly in the East Los Angeles area and form the largest Mexican community in the United States. The main concentration of blacks is in south-central Los Angeles, especially in Watts.

Japanese, Chinese, Filipinos, and Koreans are the chief Asian ethnic groups. The Japanese and Chinese communities, near the downtown area, are known as Little Tokyo and Chinatown. Only Honolulu has a greater Japanese population in the United States. Many refugees from Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos live in Los Angeles.