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.

Another interesting thing about Torrance, despite not being a huge city, is that there is a relatively high proportion of people living here who are young, single, and upwardly-mobile professionals. This makes it a good choice for other relocating single professionals. Here, these young singles will find many others like themselves, with opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

One of the nice things about Torrance is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

If knowledge is power, Torrance is a pretty powerful place. 50.52% 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 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.

In addition, Torrance has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (29.65%).

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