Torrance, California

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 Why Torrance?

The City of Torrance is located in southwest Los Angeles County in a region known as the South Bay. Torrance is the eighth largest municipality in Los Angeles County. Torrance is bordered by 1.5 miles of beach and the City of Redondo Beach to the west, the communities of Gardena and Lawndale to the north, City of Los Angeles' Harbor Gateway and Lomita to the east, and the communities of the Palos Verdes Peninsula to the south.


The mission of the City of Torrance is to encourage and respond to community participation as we provide for an attractive, clean, safe, secure and enriching environment that assures a high quality of life.

We evaluate and act on the needs of the community within a complex, changing environment. We provide quality service with integrity, professionalism and accountability in an efficient, cost effective manner.

Area and Location:

Torrance covers roughly 21 square miles (12,312 acres) and is situated in south western Los Angeles County, bounded by the Pacific Ocean on the west. Torrance has 1.5 miles of lifeguard-patrolled beach, bath-house facilities and public parking. It also has 550 miles of sidewalks.


Incorporated in 1921, the population of Torrance is 146,860 with a peak daytime population that grows to 250,000 or more.  Torrance is the eighth largest city in Los Angeles County and the 33rd largest city in California.


Torrance enjoys a pleasant year-round climate with warm temperatures, sea breezes, low humidity and an average rainfall of 12.55 inches per year. The City has 90,000 street trees.

Full-time City Employees:

The City has 1,480 employees working in 13 departments.

Public Safety:

The City of Torrance has a Class 1 rated Fire Department with 159 sworn fire employees and six fire stations. The Police Department includes 241 sworn police employees, one main police station, one police substation and three police community centers.

Community Services:

Torrance is proud to serve the community with a robust Public Library system that includes six libraries. The City also has 46 Park and Recreation facilities, offering a range of activities and amenities.