Gardena, California, City and Higher Education Info

Gardena, California, is a diverse suburb of Los Angeles in the southern portion of Los Angeles County. The city is close to a wide selection of public and private colleges, universities, technical centers and career schools. Learn more about the city's population, attractions and educational options.

Information about Gardena

Gardena, California, is a suburb in the Los Angeles-Long Beach metropolitan area, 14 miles from L.A. and 13 miles from Long Beach. The city had 60,395 residents, according to 2014 U.S. census estimates. The city is diverse, with 37.7% Hispanic residents, 24% African American, 26% Asian and 9% white, based on 2010 census data.

Gardena has an annual jazz festival and a wetland preserve, in addition to two casinos. It is close to all the attractions and cultural offerings of the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area, from Disneyland to the museums, theater and neighborhoods of Los Angeles and neighboring cities. Nearby Venice is a well-known area for surf culture, while Hollywood is the traditional center for entertainment and film in the United States.

Higher Education

Within fifteen miles of Gardena, aspiring students can find about 40 public or non-profit private institutions of higher learning. California State University-Dominguez Hills is just three miles away in Carson. It offers bachelor's and master's degrees to nearly 14,700 students. University of Southern California is about ten miles away in Los Angeles. This school was ranked 23rd among universities nationwide in 2016, by U.S. News & World Report. Other nearby schools include Loyola Marymount University, El Camino Community College District, and Antioch University.

Economy and Employment

Major employers in Los Angeles county include AHMC Healthcare, California State University, UCLA, and Walt Disney Company. According to 2012 census data, manufacturing employed about 4,600 people. Health care and social assistance employed nearly 2,400 people, while accommodation and food services employed about 2,200 people.

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