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City-at-a-Glance

History

    The City of Torrance developed in the early 1900s as a planned garden-industrial community. The plan by Frederick Law Olmstead Jr., with Irving Gill as Chief Architect, provided a balance between industrial, commercial, and residential uses. The city incorporated in May 1921, one year after the death of its founder and namesake, Jared Sydney Torrance, with a land area of 3.8 square miles and a population of 1,800. Rapid growth occurred during the 1950s and 1960s and the majority of the housing stock was built during those two decades. The city is now largely built-out and has had a relatively stable population for the last two decades.

      Date Founded: October 24, 1912
      Date of Incorporation: May 21, 1921
      Date Charter Adopted: January 7, 1947

Population Growth
Year 1930 1940 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990
Population 7,280 9,950 22,240 100,991 134,584 129,881 133,107

    Current Population Estimate: 136,700
    (source: State Department of Finance - January 1, 1994)

Land Area

    20.49 square miles