Introduction to Carson, California

The city of Carson is located in Los Angeles County, California. Approximately 19 miles to the north is downtown Los Angeles, linked to Carson by Interstate Highway 110. Carson is primarily a manufacturing community. About half of its land mass is taken up by factories, refineries, and other industrial structures. After decades of existence as an unincorporated community of Los Angeles County, Carson was finally incorporated as a city in 1968 when its citizens took to the polls and voted to do so by a nearly 2-to-1 margin. On the same date, by a much narrower vote, the citizens chose the name Carson for their new city over the name Dominguez (these were the two leading family names in the city's history). Following its incorporation, Carson acted quickly to enforce a strict landscaping and building code, resulting in modernizations and improvements in the city's industrial parks and overall appearance.

Carson is famous for hosting the very first air show ever held in the United States. It took place in 1910; just seven years after the Wright Brothers made their first flight near Kitty Hawk, and was known as the "Great Air Meet." The site where this show took place has since been declared a California historical landmark.

Attractions in and around Carson

Here are some places of interest located right in Carson's backyard:

  • The Dominguez Ranch Adobe
  • Western Museum of Flight
  • Banning Mansion and Park
  • The Drum Barracks Civil War Museum
  • The Lomita Railroad Museum
  • The Redondo Beach Pier
  • The Queen Mary
  • Shoreline Village
  • The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
  • The Point Fermin Lighthouse
  • Los Angeles Maritime Museum
  • Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific
  • Museum of Cultural Diversity
  • Wayfarer's Chapel
  • Fort MacArthur Military Museum

The following major attractions are located within an hour's drive of Carson:

  • Disneyland (Anaheim)
  • Knott's Berry Farm (Buena Park)
  • Universal Studios Hollywood
  • Six Flags Magic Mountain (Valencia)
  • The Los Angeles Zoo
  • The Santa Ana Zoo
  • Movieland Wax Museum (Buena Park)

Carson is the location of the Home Depot Center, a sports complex which includes a soccer stadium used by the Los Angeles Galaxy, a track and field facility, and a tennis stadium. The Center also serves as a training facility by the U.S. national soccer team. Professional sports teams which play in Carson include the Los Angeles Galaxy and C.D. Chivas USA (MLS Soccer), the Carson Buzz (ABA Basketball), and the Los Angeles Riptide (MLL Lacrosse). Nearby Los Angeles is home to the following L.A. teams:

  • Basketball:
    • Lakers (NBA)
    • Clippers (NBA)
    • Sparks (WNBA)
  • Major League Baseball (MLB):
    • Dodgers (National League)
  • Football:
    • Avengers (AFL)
  • Hockey:
    • Kings (NHL)


Total Population 92,691
Male Share of the Population 48.4%
Female Share of the Population 51.6%
Senior Citizens 15.1%
Employed Population 16+ 40,685
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 42.6%
Average household size 4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 24.4%
Median Earnings25+ $35,499
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,550
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,297


Median Family Income $79,375
% Above Poverty Level 89.1%
% Below Poverty Level 10.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 2.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.7%
% Using Public Transportation 3%


People Living Alone 16.6%
Median Gross Rent $1,374
Median House Value $351,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 81.5%
US/American 0%
English 1.8%
Irish 1.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Carson Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 7 miles NW of Long Beach, California
County Los Angeles
Standard Zip Codes 90745, 90746, 90810
P.O. Box Zip Codes 90749
Company Zip Codes 90747
Phone Area Codes 562
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.831
Longitude -118.281

Carson Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 3.7 miles
Jan Temp 46 to 66 F
Apr Temp 51 to 71 F
Jul Temp 61 to 78 F
Oct Temp 57 to 75 F
Annual Precip 14.7 inches
Distance 7.6 miles
Jan Temp 46 to 68 F
Apr Temp 53 to 73 F
Jul Temp 65 to 83 F
Oct Temp 58 to 79 F
Annual Precip 12.9 inches
Distance 14 miles
Jan Temp 49 to 68 F
Apr Temp 54 to 73 F
Jul Temp 65 to 84 F
Oct Temp 60 to 79 F
Annual Precip 15.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Carson, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Cabrillo (90810)

Dominguez (90810)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Compton 97,955 $45,484
Gardena 59,931 $53,417
Lawndale 33,231 $48,639
Lomita 20,622 $66,774
Rolling Hills Estates 8,188 $157,784
Torrance 147,589 $94,806

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Carson High Schools

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22328 S. MAIN ST.
Serves 3,543 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26.2

A Magnet School.
Serves 605 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 48

22628 S. MAIN ST.
A Non-traditional School
Serves 86 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 28.7

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