Torrance, CA, City and Education Info

Torrance, California, a city in southwestern Los Angeles County, is home to a well-educated populace, many of whom hold managerial and executive jobs. Its location within the metropolis of greater Los Angeles puts it within easy driving distance of UCLA and the University of Southern California, among other colleges and universities.

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Torrance is a municipality in Los Angeles County, located in the area known as South Bay. Torrance's 20.5 square miles were planned by the landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. Located about 18 miles away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Los Angeles, Torrance provides a relatively tranquil environment for its 148,495 residents, based on 2014 U.S. Census Bureau estimates.

Torrance has 1.5 miles of lifeguard-patrolled beaches and dozens of parks making up 300 acres of green space. The city is a 45-minute drive from Disneyland, Universal Studios, Paramount Pictures, Dodger Stadium and the L.A. Memorial Coliseum. Within the city limits of Torrance itself, residents can shop at the Del Amo Fashion Center, one of the most extensive malls in the country.


Torrance hosts El Camino Community College District, which offers certificates and associate's degrees. The greater metropolitan region is home to some of the best-regarded institutions of higher learning in the country, including the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), the University of Southern California and the California Institute of Technology.


Torrance serves as the headquarters for Toyota Motor Sales USA and American Honda, which also are the city's two largest employers. Other top employers include Fortune 100 conglomerate company Honeywell, Robinson Helicopter, metals company Alcoa Fastening Systems and Rings, aerospace and defense company L-3 Electron Technologies Inc., ExxonMobil and flashlight manufacturer Pelican Products.

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