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Los Angeles County, California

90501, 90502, 90503, 90504, 90505, 90506

"A Balanced City: Industrial, Residential, Commercial"

Page Contents for Torrance, California

Statistics & Facts


Weather & Climate

History & History-related items

City Attractions


Chamber of Commerce.

Community events.

Organizations, Churches, and Sports.




Statistics & Facts

The California state capital is Sacramento.
The population of Torrance is approximately 142,841 (2004), 145438 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 54,927 (1990), 56001 (2010).
The amount of land area in Torrance is 53.15 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Torrance is 21 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Torrance to Washington DC is 2436 miles.
The distance to the California state capital is 369 miles. (as the crow flies)
Torrance is positioned 33.83 degrees north of the equator and 118.34 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Torrance elevation is 84 feet above sea level.
Torrance median income is $ 56,489 (2000).
The Torrance median home price is $ 320,700 (2000).
Torrance average annual rainfall is 12.55 inches per year


in Southern California near Long Beach in the southwest corner of Los Angeles County. This area is known as the "South Bay." Other nearby communities include Redondo Beach, Lomita, West Carson, Lawndale, Alondra Park, Rolling Hills Estates, Hermosa Beach and Gardena.
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pleasant year-round. There are warm temperatures, sea breezes, and low humidity. Year-round temperatures average in the mid 60's with summer highs up to 78 degrees and winter lows down to as low as 45. Precipitation is low overall with most falling during the fall and winter months.
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History & History Related Items

Torrance was founded in 1911 by Jared S. Torrance, (1852-1921), a real estate developer. He wanted to build a planned residential and industrial community. By 1921, petroleum was discovered here which greatly increased interest in the community. By the early 1950s there were over 600 oil wells here, but later on in the decade, production decreased down to only five barrels a day. By 1961, the city required the removal of all wooden oil rigs. By 1963, all remaining derricks had been removed. Many large corporations have their headquarters here, as well as electronics, plastics, aluminum and other large businesses.

The original Torrance city charter was voted on and ratified by a vote of the people on August 20, 1946, and filed with the California Secretary of State on January 7, 1947

Learn more about the history of Torrance at this site.
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The founding of Torrance

31 May 1911

The incorporation of Torrance



Attractions in the area. This page has links to some of the following attractions as well as more information. Torrance Beach, Madrona Marsh--a freshwater nature preserve--the Torrance Cultural Arts Center, the Joslyn Fine Arts Gallery, the Torrance Historical Society Museum in old Downtown Torrance, the South Bay Center of the Arts at El Camino College and Del Amo Fashion Center, the largest enclosed shopping mall in the west.

Torrance has 1.5 miles of lifeguard patrolled beach, bath house facilities and public parking.

Torrance has many recreations activities with 24 parks with 300 acres of parkland, golfing, swimming, tennis and more. Torrance Beach has facilities for everyone with playground, volleyball, surfing, swimming, bath houses, lifeguards and more. Wilson Park has 44 acres and Columbia park 52 acres.

This page has good information about Torrance as well as a number of good historical photographs as you scroll down their page.

Alpine Village
833 W. Torrance Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90502
Phone: (310) 327-4384

Torrance Historical Society Museum
1345 Post Avenue
Torrance, CA 90501
Phone: 310-328-5392

South Bay Center For the Arts
located at El Camino College
16007 Crenshaw Blvd.
Torrance, CA
Phone: (310) 329-5345

James Armstrong Theatre
Torrance Cultural Arts Center
3330 Civic Center Drive
Torrance, CA
Phone: (310) 781-7150

South Bay Conservatory
3320 Civic Center Drive
Torrance, CA 90503
Phone: 310-618-6364

Palos Verdes Players
2433 Morton Street
Torrance, CA 90505-5310
Phone: 310-326-2287
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Torrance City Government

City of Torrance
3031 Torrance Boulevard
Torrance, California 90503
Phone: 310-328-5310

Up-to-Date Demographics for Torrance.

Torrance Chamber

Chamber Of Commerce
3400 Torrance Blvd, Suite 100
Torrance, CA 90503-5803
Phone: 310-540-5858
Fax: 310-540-7662

South Bay Assn Of Chambers
19401 S Vermont Ave
Torrance, CA 90502-1029
Phone: 310-515-2558

Torrance Community Events

Wilson Park, located on Crenshaw Boulevard at Sepulveda, hosts the Cerified Farmers Market on Tuesday from 8-1 and Saturday from 8-12, a train ride on the first Sunday of every month, roller hockey, craft shows, free Torrance Symphony concerts during the year, and the Festival of Trees at Christmas.

Each summer, the Daily Breeze International Surf Festival and the Torrance Beach Cities Triathlon attract thousands of athletes and spectators. The city is also the site of the Vista's for Blind Children Mobil/St. Patrick's Day Run, and the Turkey Trot Thanksgiving Day Fun Run. Other annual events include the Armed Forces Day Parade, Bunka-Sai Japanese Festival, Gourmet Food and Wine Festival, and the Torrance shorts Film Festival.

The Beach Cities Symphony gives four free concerts each year at El Camino College in Torrance, California. See the website for more information.

Torrance Organizations

Chamber Of Commerce
3400 Torrance Blvd, Suite 100
Torrance, CA 90503-5803
Phone: 310-540-5858
Fax: 310-540-7662

South Bay Assn Of Chambers
19401 S Vermont Ave
Torrance, CA 90502-1029
Phone: 310-515-2558

Torrance Libraries

Torrance Public Library
3301 Torrance Blvd
Torrance, CA 90503-5014
Phone: 310-618-5959

Torrance Schools

Torrance Unified School District
2335 Plaza Del Amo
Torrance, CA 90501-3420
Phone: 310-533-4200 Torrance


Torrance High School, the oldest high school in Torrance, was the location set used for the TV shows "Beverly Hills, 90210" and "Buffy, The Vampire Slayer." It has also been used as a movie location.

The population of Torrance was:
2000 - 137,946
2002 - 141,615
2004 - 173,946 (estimate)

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