Torrance is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 148,475 people and 34 constituent neighborhoods, Torrance is the 36th largest community in California.
Housing costs in Torrance are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in California.
Torrance is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 87.40% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Torrance is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Torrance who work in office and administrative support (13.97%), management occupations (13.81%), and sales jobs (11.46%).
Also of interest is that Torrance has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Of important note, Torrance is also a city of artists. Torrance has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Torrance’s character.
Torrance is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
Torrance is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 45.89% of adults in Torrance have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.
The per capita income in Torrance in 2010 was $37,555, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $150,220 for a family of four. However, Torrance contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Torrance is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Torrance home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Torrance residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Torrance also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 16.84% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Torrance include Irish, English, Italian, and French .
Torrance also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 28.78%.
The most common language spoken in Torrance is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Korean.