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Overview

Introduction to Compton, California

The urban city of Compton, considered a suburb of Los Angeles, is situated southeast of downtown Los Angeles. Incorporated as a city in 1888, Compton is one of the oldest communities in Los Angeles County. Named after one of its founders, Compton is often referred to as the 'Hub City' due to its geographical position within the county.

Compton is served by interstate highways 710, 105, 405 and 110, along with state highway 91. The Alameda Corridor, a major international trade water route, runs through the city.

Attractions in and around Compton

Visitors to Compton are afforded easy access to several major attractions in the nearby Los Angeles and Anaheim areas. Among these are: Universal Studios (Hollywood), Disneyland (Anaheim), Knott's Berry Farm (Buena Park), Long Beach Aquarium and Catalina Island. In addition, some of the attractions located within the boundaries of Compton itself include:

  • Tomorrow's Aeronautical Museum
  • Heritage House
  • Angeles Abbey Mausoleum
  • The Major League Baseball Academy (providing free baseball instruction to local youth)

Many professional sports teams play within easy driving distance of Compton. Among these are the following:

  • Basketball:
    • Los Angeles Lakers (NBA)
    • Los Angeles Clippers (NBA)
    • Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA)
  • Major League Baseball (MLB):
    • Los Angeles Dodgers (National League)
    • Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (American League)
  • Football:
    • Arena Football League (AFL) - Los Angeles Avengers
  • Hockey:
    • Los Angeles Kings (NHL)
  • Soccer:
    • Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
  • Lacrosse:
    • Los Angeles Riptide (MLL)

People

Total Population 97,955
Male Share of the Population 48.5%
Female Share of the Population 51.5%
Senior Citizens 8.1%
Employed Population 16+ 35,446
Age of the Population 29

Families

% of people married 37.1%
Average household size 4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 7.3%
Median Earnings25+ $25,398
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,354
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,550

Wealth

Median Family Income $45,484
% Above Poverty Level 73.4%
% Below Poverty Level 26.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 2.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.9%
% Using Public Transportation 7.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 14.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,096
Median House Value $243,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 83.2%
US/American 0%
English 0.2%
Irish 0.4%

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

Compton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 9 miles N of Long Beach, California
County Los Angeles
Standard Zip Codes 90220, 90221, 90222
P.O. Box Zip Codes 90223, 90224
Phone Area Codes 310
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.895
Longitude -118.219

Compton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station LONG BEACH AP
Distance 6.8 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
Station LOS ANGELES DOWNTOWN USC
Distance 10.6 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
Station CULVER CITY
Distance 13.4 miles
Jan Temp 46 to 67 F
Apr Temp 52 to 73 F
Jul Temp 62 to 80 F
Oct Temp 57 to 77 F
Annual Precip 13.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

East Rancho Dominguez (90221)

Rancho Dominguez (90220, 90224)

Rncho Domingz (90220, 90224)

Rosewood (90222)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cudahy 24,138 $34,930
Gardena 59,931 $53,417
Lakewood 81,173 $87,157
Lynwood 71,191 $42,638
Paramount 55,023 $47,146
South Gate 95,350 $45,362

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

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Compton High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

COMPTON HIGH
601 S. ACACIA ST.
310-635-3881
A Title I School.
Serves 2,599 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 27

DOMINGUEZ HIGH
15301 SAN JOSE
562-630-0142
A Title I School.
Serves 2,367 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 30.5

CENTENNIAL HIGH
2600 N. CENTRAL AVE.
310-635-2715
A Title I School.
Serves 1,307 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26.3

TRI-C COMMUNITY DAY
12721 S. WILLOWBROOK AVE.
310-635-4531
A Non-traditional School
Serves 416 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.8

LIFELINE EDUCATION CHARTER SCHOOL
357 E. PALMER
310-605-2510
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 280 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 35

CHAVEZ (CESAR) CONT. HIGH
12501 S. WILMINGTON
310-898-6340
A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 181 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.9

MARSHALL (THURGOOD)
417 W. ALONDRA AVE.
310-639-4321
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 159 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26.5

TUBMAN (HARRIET) CONT. HIGH
1104 E. 148TH ST.
310-898-6340
A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 33 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.3

COMPTON COMMUNITY DAY HIGH
1104 E. 148TH ST.
310-639-4321
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 32 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16

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