Northridge, Calif., is a residential suburb located 40 minutes northwest of the City Center of Los Angeles, Calif. Los Angeles is a world center of business, international trade, entertainment, culture, media, fashion, science, technology, and education and is the second largest city in the United States. It is home to renowned institutions covering a broad range of professional and cultural fields, and is one of the most substantial economic engines in the U.S.
This area of Southern California is known for many things including the 2010 Championship Los Angeles Lakers, Disneyland, Getty Museum, L.A. Live, Hollywood, Malibu, Universal Studios and many other attractions including 80 theaters and 300 museums. Los Angeles is surrounded by mountains and hiking trails as well as beaches and is home to many outdoor enthusiasts.
In 2008, Los Angeles was named the world's eighth most economically powerful city by Forbes.com, third in the U.S. behind New York City and Chicago. Major universities located in Los Angeles include UCLA, University of Southern California (USC), CSUN, CSULA, and Cal Polytechnic at Pomona. Many other smaller private and community colleges are also located in the area.