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Torrance is a city in Los Angeles County, in the Los Angeles-Long Beach metro area.

The community was named after Jared S. Torrance, landowner

The latitude of Torrance is 33.835N. The longitude is -118.339W.

It is in the Pacific Standard time zone. Elevation is 89 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 142,621.


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Median household income
Local
$56,489
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Torrance demographic reports
Public transportation: Torrance Transit System (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 402. The number of murders and homicides was 2. The violent crime rate was 2.8 per 1,000 people.
Filming location for:
· 1999 movie, "American Beauty"
· 1999 movie, "She's All That"
· 1996 movie, "Ransom"
Census 2000 highlights: Among major American cities, ranked No. 9 in percentage Asian population (28.6%)
Well-known residents have included:
· Charles Gillingham, keyboard player with Counting Crows
· Parnelli Jones, race car driver
· Nancy Lopez, golfer
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Gloria Jean's, Panera Bread, Starbucks
Performing arts: Torrance Theatre Company
Nearby parks & recreation: Madrona Marsh Preserve
Colleges and universities: El Camino College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 70

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Torrance demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Los Angeles County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 90504 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

10% of Torrance residents report German ancestry, and 8% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Torrance ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Torrance was $28,144, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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36% of Torrance residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Housing & real estate

Median rent in Torrance, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $846.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,808.


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Libraries

Libraries in Torrance include El Retiro Branch Library, Henderson Branch Library, Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, North Torrance Branch Library, Southeast Branch Library, Walteria Branch Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Torrance include Torrance Daily Breeze

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Los Angeles County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Torrance political report.

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Torrance restaurants taking online reservations include Aioli Restaurant, Restaurant Christine ... View restaurants

Traffic

The average commute time for Torrance workers is 25 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 16 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Torrance between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.2 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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