Torrance, CA
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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.

Torrance home prices are not only among the most expensive in California, but Torrance real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Torrance is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 86.94% 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 (13.89%), management occupations (13.52%), and sales jobs (11.60%).

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.

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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

The citizens of Torrance are among the most well-educated in the nation: 45.33% of adults in Torrance have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Torrance in 2010 was $36,876, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $147,504 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 16.34% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Torrance include Irish, English, Italian, and French .

Foreign born people are also an important part of Torrance's cultural character, accounting for 28.91% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in Torrance is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Korean.