Torrance, California Population 2021

141,364
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Torrance is a city located in Los Angeles County California. With a 2020 population of 141,364, it is the 40th largest city in California and the 195th largest city in the United States . Torrance is currently declining at a rate of -0.78% annually and its population has decreased by -2.80% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 145,438 in 2010. Torrance reached it's highest population of 146,950 in 2015. Spanning over 21 miles, Torrance has a population density of 6,889 people per square mile.

The average household income in Torrance is $118,289 with a poverty rate of 6.87%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,736 per month, and the median house value is $762,700. The median age in Torrance is 41.9 years, 40.7 years for males, and 43.2 years for females.

Torrance is located in the South Bay area of Los Angeles County, California along the Pacific Ocean. Torrance is located about 20 miles south of Los Angeles and 15 miles northwest of Long Beach. It's part of the Greater Los Angeles metropolitan area which has an estimated population of 18.7 million. Torrance is noted as one of the safest cities in the county.

Diversity

About 30% of people in Torrance were born outside of the United States. Torrance has the second-largest population of ethnic Japanese in the United States after Honolulu as it was one of the few places in the region that allowed non-U.S. citizens to buy property before WWII and it's close to the Toyota American headquarters. About 15% of the population of Torrance has Japanese heritage. The South Bay region is also home to a large Korean population largely concentrated in Torrance and Gardena.

Population Growth

Torrance is expected to enjoy 34% job growth over the next decade (https://www.bestplaces.net/economy/city/california/torrance) and already enjoys a robust and diverse economy. While Torrance's population will continue to grow, its growth rate is expected to be modest over the next ten years.

While California was under Spanish control, present-day Torrance was granted to Juan Jose Dominguez in 1784 as part of a land grant for Rancho San Pedro. It was the divided when Rancho de los Palos Verdes was granted in the Alta California area of independent Mexico.

A real estate developer named Jared Torrance purchased part of the Spanish land grant in the early 1900s and hired a landscape architect to design a planned city. Torrance was founded and named in honor of the developer in 1912. The city was incorporated in 1921. Today, many of the original buildings from 1912 remain.

Torrance Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Torrance was:

  • White: 46.63%
  • Asian: 36.03%
  • Two or more races: 6.94%
  • Other race: 6.28%
  • Black or African American: 2.91%
  • Native American: 0.71%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.49%
The current population of Torrance, California is 141,364 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 144,706.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 145,438.

Torrance, California Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White67,84946.63%
Asian52,42536.03%
Two or More Races10,1046.94%
Some Other Race9,1426.28%
Black or African American4,2312.91%
American Indian and Alaska Native1,0310.71%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander7100.49%
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Torrance Population by Race

Torrance Population Pyramid $2021

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Torrance Median Age

41.9


Total

40.7


Male

43.2


Female

Torrance Adults

There are 115,498 adults, (24,685 of whom are seniors) in Torrance.

Torrance Age Dependency

60.2

Age Dependency Ratio

27.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

33

Child Dependency Ratio

Torrance Sex Ratio

Female

75,159

51.66%

Male

70,333

48.34%

Torrance Population by Age

Torrance Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Torrance Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married66.7%33.3%
All55.9%44.1%
Male46%54%
Non Family42.8%57.2%
Female42.2%57.8%

55.9%

Rate of Home Ownership

Torrance Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All54,4372.6555.9
Married29,6263.2966.7
Non Family16,6351.2242.8
Female5,7483.1742.2
Male2,4283.2446

3.21

Average Family Size

2.65

Average Household Size

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Torrance Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2,7082.57%
9th to 12th Grade3,2643.09%
High School Graduate16,90516.01%
Some College20,31519.24%
Associates Degree8,8688.40%
Bachelors Degree35,25733.40%
Graduate Degree18,25217.29%
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Torrance Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Torrance Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White43,27741,74020,865
Asian38,36936,52724,607
Hispanic17,12115,1715,063
Other Race6,3985,5391,764
2+ Races4,5894,2152,041
Black2,9762,6821,153
Native American664469153
Islander476452115

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 96.45%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 64.13%.

Torrance Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$56,513$65,105$49,771
Less Than 9th Grade$25,808$27,344$22,257
High School Graduate$34,541$42,097$26,237
Some College$44,931$51,502$39,032
Bachelors Degree$66,550$79,768$54,578
Graduate Degree$87,994$102,097$76,871

$56,513

Average Earnings

$65,105

Average Male

$49,771

Average Female

Torrance Earnings by Educational Attainment

Torrance Language by Age

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Torrance Language

60.21% of Torrance residents speak only English, while 39.79% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Asian and Pacific Island languages, which is spoken by 21.39% of the population.

Torrance Language

Torrance Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Asian52,3083,8787.41%
White54,0893,2566.02%
Hispanic26,7862,0487.65%
Other9,0067207.99%
Multiple10,0567177.13%
Black4,09945311.05%
Native1,031939.02%
Islander710182.54%

6.87%

Overall Poverty Rate

5.64%

Male Poverty Rate

8.02%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Torrance

The race most likely to be in poverty in Torrance is Black, with 11.05% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Torrance is Islander, with 2.54% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.53%. Among those working part-time, it was 6.55%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 14.19%.

Torrance Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade18.05%
High School11.73%
Some College5.45%
Bachelors or Greater4.09%

Torrance Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed14.80%
Male Unemployed9.26%
Male Employed3.05%
Female Employed2.75%

Torrance Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Torrance Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$93,492$118,289
Families$112,040$135,417
Married Families$125,532$148,948
Non Families$54,625$76,028
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Income by Household Type

Torrance Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

54.2%

Overall Marriage Rate

56.9%

Male Marriage Rate

51.6%

Female Marriage Rate

Torrance Married by Age and Sex

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Torrance Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 45-54, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Torrance Marital Status by Race

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Torrance Marital Status

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6,246

Number of Veterans

5,912

Male Veterans

334

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam2,241
Korea1,005
Second Gulf War884
First Gulf War841
World War II463

Torrance Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
75+2,349
65 to 741,653
35 to 541,332
55 to 64734
18 to 34178

Torrance Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White4,3727.78%
Asian1,1652.81%
Hispanic8884.50%
Other Race3184.39%
Black2035.79%
2+ Races1081.87%
Islander518.70%
Native American294.23%

Torrance Veterans by Race

Torrance Veterans by Education

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3.71%

Veteran Poverty Rate

28.09%

Veteran Disability Rate

Torrance Veterans by Education

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64.1%

Labor Force Participation

61.5%

Employment Rate

4%

Unemployment Rate

Torrance Employment by Age

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Torrance Employment by Race

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Torrance Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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51.56%

Born in Torrance

70.17%

Native Born

29.83%

Foreign Born

12.51%

Non Citizen

17.32%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

70.17% of Torrance residents were born in the United States, with 51.56% having been born in California. 12.51% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Torrance Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021141,364-1,114-0.78%
2020142,478-1,114-0.78%
2019143,592-1,114-0.77%
2018144,706-1,075-0.74%
2017145,781-635-0.43%
2016146,416-534-0.36%
2015146,9501050.07%
2014146,8451740.12%
2013146,6714140.28%
2012146,2574880.33%
2011145,7696150.42%
2010145,1547,2080.51%
2000137,9464,8390.36%
1990133,1073,2260.25%
1980129,881-5,087-0.38%
1970134,96833,9772.94%
1960100,99178,75016.34%
195022,24112,2918.38%
19409,9502,6793.19%
19307,2710.00%

Torrance Population by Year