Torrance, CA
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Living in Torrance


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 145,182 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 88.04% 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 management occupations (15.27%), office and administrative support (13.16%), and sales jobs (10.52%).

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.

One thing that you will notice about Torrance is that there is a good-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. Many singles consider Torrance a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.

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.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Torrance, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Torrance is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 50.52% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Torrance in 2010 was $43,272, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $173,088 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 17.50% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Torrance include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.

Torrance also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 29.65%.

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