Torrance, California Population 2020

143,912

Torrance is a city located in California. With a 2020 population of 143,912, it is the 40th largest city in California and the 186th largest city in the United States. Torrance is currently declining at a rate of -0.44% annually and its population has decreased by -1.05% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 145,438 in 2010. Torrance reached it's highest population of 147,155 in 2015. Spanning over 21 miles, Torrance has a population density of 7,013 people per square mile.

The average household income in Torrance is $113,096 with a poverty rate of 6.98%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,672 per month, and the median house value is $724,700. The median age in Torrance is 41.7 years, 40.2 years for males, and 43.3 years for females. For every 100 females there are 95.4 males.

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: 47.31%
  • Asian: 36.56%
  • Two or more races: 6.49%
  • Other race: 5.74%
  • Black or African American: 2.67%
  • Native American: 0.62%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.61%
The current population of Torrance, California is 143,912, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 145,182.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 145,438.

Torrance, California Population 2020

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White69,26347.31%
Asian53,51836.56%
Two or More Races9,5006.49%
Some Other Race8,4095.74%
Black or African American3,9062.67%
American Indian and Alaska Native9090.62%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander8870.61%

Torrance Population Pyramid 2020

Torrance Median Age

41.7


Total

40.2


Male

43.3


Female

Torrance Adults

There are 115,861 adults, (24,488 of whom are seniors) in Torrance.

Torrance Age Dependency

60.2

Age Dependency Ratio

26.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

33.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Torrance Sex Ratio

Female

74,927

51.18%

Male

71,465

48.82%

Torrance Households and Families

Torrance Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Torrance Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married66.1%33.9%
All55.3%44.7%
Female43.8%56.2%
Non Family41.9%58.1%
Male41.3%58.7%

55.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All54,3602.6755.3
Married29,7393.366.1
Non Family16,3891.2241.9
Female5,6893.2243.8
Male2,5433.3741.3

3.23

Average Family Size

2.67

Average Household Size

3.3%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.4%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Torrance Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2,7982.66%
9th to 12th Grade3,3293.17%
High School Graduate16,81316.00%
Some College20,17319.20%
Associates Degree8,8658.44%
Bachelors Degree34,84833.17%
Graduate Degree18,23117.35%

Torrance Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White43,88342,32820,988
Asian38,83636,72824,579
Hispanic15,88814,0654,976
Other Race5,7865,0481,759
Multiple Races4,1473,7601,806
Black2,5402,263878
Islander59947675
Native American55251892

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 96.46%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 63.29%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$55,693$65,374$47,716
Less Than High School$24,754$25,461$23,750
High School Grad$31,073$38,912$25,952
Some College$45,247$50,930$40,076
Bachelors Degree$64,841$77,259$52,414
Graduate Degree$87,852$104,317$75,237

$55,693

Average Earnings

$65,374

Average Male

$47,716

Average Female

Torrance Language

Torrance Language by Age

Torrance Language

60.25% of Torrance residents speak only English, while 39.75% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Asian and Pacific Island languages, which is spoken by 22.37% of the population.

Torrance Poverty

Torrance Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Asian53,3903,7457.01%
White55,5533,6296.53%
Hispanic25,3411,9347.63%
Multiple9,4297027.45%
Other8,2836557.91%
Black3,77949813.18%
Native909475.17%
Islander884262.94%

6.98%

Overall Poverty Rate

5.80%

Male Poverty Rate

8.10%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Torrance

The race most likely to be in poverty in Torrance is Black, with 13.18% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Torrance is Islander, with 2.94% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.49%. Among those working part-time, it was 6.90%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 14.25%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School18.02%
High School10.95%
Some College6.16%
Bachelors or Greater4.26%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed21.66%
Male Unemployed15.52%
Male Employed3.00%
Female Employed2.93%

Torrance Income

Torrance Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$90,309$113,096
Families$108,467$130,951
Married Families$122,611$144,226
Non Families$51,537$68,747

Torrance Marital Status

Torrance Marital Status

Marriage Rates

54.4%

Overall Marriage Rate

56.5%

Male Marriage Rate

52.4%

Female Marriage Rate

Torrance Married by Age and Sex

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

Torrance Veterans

6,897

Number of Veterans

6,517

Male Veterans

380

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam2,212
Korea1,166
First Gulf War1,021
Second Gulf War876
World War II637
Name Veterans % of Total
White4,9118.59%
Asian1,1532.73%
Hispanic8984.86%
Other3034.60%
Black2227.23%
2 or More1292.38%
Indian11619.24%
Hawaiian638.84%

$Torrance Veterans by Education

3.55%

Veteran Poverty Rate

27.74%

Veteran Disability Rate

Torrance Employment Status

63.6%

Labor Force Participation

60.6%

Employment Rate

4.6%

Unemployment Rate

Torrance Place of Birth

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

51.24%

Born in California

70.35%

Native Born

29.65%

Foreign Born

12.36%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

70.35% of Torrance residents were born in the United States, with 51.24% having been born in California. 12.36% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020143,912-635-0.44%
2019144,547-635-0.44%
2018145,182-843-0.58%
2017146,025-635-0.43%
2016146,660-495-0.34%
2015147,1551540.10%
2014147,0012100.14%
2013146,7914510.31%
2012146,3405290.36%
2011145,8116280.43%
2010145,1837,2370.51%
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%