Introduction to Gardena, California

The city of Gardena, part of Los Angeles County, is situated 15 miles south of Los Angeles and close to several prime transportation links. Only 20 minutes from Los Angeles International Airport and roughly the same distance from Long Beach Municipal Airport, the city boasts easy access to every major Los Angeles County Freeway, including Interstates I-405, I-105, I-710 and I-110 as well as California State Highway 91 (Artesia Boulevard). Nearby cities include Hawthorne (to the north), Compton (to the east) and Torrance (to the south).

The first settlements in Gardena Valley occurred in the late nineteenth-century, transforming the area from a collection of large rancho estates into a community of homes. Incorporated in 1930, Gardena combined the rural communities of Gardena, Moneta and Strawberry Park into a single city. At that time, Gardena was a small farming community which has since blossomed into an active and progressive residential and business community. There are several theories as to how the city acquired its name, although the consensus indicates a reference to the beauty of the fertile green valley in which it resides.

Entertainment in the Gardena area

Gardena is only minutes away from dozens of Los Angeles area attractions and also in close proximity to the finest beaches on the West Coast. Two attractions located within Gardena itself are the Normandie and Hustler Casinos. A convenient alternative to the Las Vegas gaming establishments, these two sites offer table games, shows and food. The Normandie houses a large multi-ethnic restaurant, a sports bar and a showroom which features concerts and sporting events. Many other Southern California attractions can also be found a short distance south in the Long Beach and Anaheim areas.


Total Population 59,931
Male Share of the Population 47.7%
Female Share of the Population 52.3%
Senior Citizens 15.8%
Employed Population 16+ 26,582
Age of the Population 40


% of people married 44.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 23.2%
Median Earnings25+ $31,897
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,117
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,539


Median Family Income $53,417
% Above Poverty Level 85%
% Below Poverty Level 15%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 1.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.7%
% Using Public Transportation 4.1%


People Living Alone 27.6%
Median Gross Rent $1,154
Median House Value $354,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 82.8%
US/American 0.1%
English 0.9%
Irish 1.1%

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

Gardena Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 10 miles NW of Long Beach, California
County Los Angeles
Standard Zip Codes 90247, 90248, 90249
Phone Area Codes 310
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.888
Longitude -118.308

Gardena Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 6.1 miles
Jan Temp 49 to 66 F
Apr Temp 54 to 68 F
Jul Temp 63 to 75 F
Oct Temp 59 to 74 F
Annual Precip 13.1 inches
Distance 6.3 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 9.9 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Carson 92,691 $79,375
Compton 97,955 $45,484
Hawthorne 86,564 $49,040
Lawndale 33,231 $48,639
Redondo Beach 67,695 $122,895
Torrance 147,589 $94,806

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

Gardena Hospitals

1246 W 155TH ST
(310) 768-2267
Emergency Service: No

(310) 532-4200
Emergency Service: Yes

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1301 W. 182ND ST.
A Magnet School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 3,288 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.1

1230 W. 177TH ST.
A Non-traditional School
Serves 77 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.3

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