Torrance, CA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Torrance, California - Basic Facts

The City of Torrance had a population of 148,964 as of July 1, 2016. Torrance ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in California. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Torrance is located at latitude 33.835 and longitude -118.3414 in Los Angeles County. The formal boundaries for the City of Torrance (see map below) encompass a land area of 20.48 sq. miles and a water area of 0.08 sq. miles. Los Angeles County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 89 feet.

The City of Torrance (GNIS ID: 2412087) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

California is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Torrance is located within Torrance CCD of Los Angeles County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Torrance population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Torrance, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 148,964
Population in Households 147,775
Population in Familes 123,338
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,189
Population Density1 7,274
Diversity Index2 74


Total Households 56,780
Average Household Size 2.6
Family Households 39,007
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 59,174 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 31,017 (52.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 25,763 (43.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,394 ( 4.0%)
Median Home Value $665,363
Average Home Value $689,613


Median Household Income $79,007
Average Household Income $100,973
Per Capita Income $38,804
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.38% 0.53%
Households 0.22% 0.43%
Families 0.25% 0.45%
Median Household Income   2.38%
Per Capita Income   1.76%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Torrance, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Torrance to the other 1,516 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 39 97th
Population Density1 # 126 92nd
Diversity Index2 # 541 64th
Median Household Income # 323 79th
Per Capita Income # 340 78th

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