Torrance is a city located in Los Angeles County California. Torrance has a 2023 population of 137,465. Torrance is currently declining at a rate of -2.16% annually and its population has decreased by -6.34% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 146,769 in 2020.
The average household income in Torrance is $128,399 with a poverty rate of 7.25%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Torrance is 42.2 years, 40.7 years for males, and 44 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.
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.
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.
According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Torrance was:
Two or more races
Black or African American
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
Average Family Size
Average Household Size
Rate of Home Ownership
Less Than 9th Grade
9th to 12th Grade
High School Graduate
High School Graduation Rate
The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 89.62%.
The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 59.99%.
Other Indo-European Languages
Asian and Pacific Island Languages
58.99% of Torrance residents speak only English, while 41.01% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Asian and Pacific Island languages, which is spoken by 31.42% of the population.
Overall Poverty Rate
Male Poverty Rate
Female Poverty Rate
The race most likely to be in poverty in Torrance is Black, with 11.8% below the poverty level.
The race least likely to be in poverty in Torrance is Islander, with 5.6% below the poverty level.
The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.58%. Among those working part-time, it was 6.82%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 14.59%.
Overall Marriage Rate
Male Marriage Rate
Female Marriage Rate
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.
Second Gulf War
First Gulf War
World War II
Less Than 9th Grade
High School Graduate
Bachelors or Greater
Veteran Poverty Rate
Veteran Disability Rate
Labor Force Participation
Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.
Born in Torrance
70.35% of Torrance residents were born in the United States, with 52.16% having been born in California. 12.73% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.