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 143,592 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 88.05% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Torrance is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Torrance who work in management occupations (15.63%), office and administrative support (12.83%), and sales jobs (9.73%).
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 noticeable about Torrance, although not a huge city, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Torrance is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Torrance a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
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.
If knowledge is power, Torrance is a pretty powerful place. 50.69% of the adults in Torrance have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Torrance in 2018 was $45,579, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $182,316 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 18.61% 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: 29.83%.
The most common language spoken in Torrance is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Korean.