Introduction to Lomita, California

Lomita, California, in Los Angeles County, is 3 miles SW of Carson, California (center to center) and 7 miles W of Long Beach, California. The city is included in the Los Angeles - Long Beach metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 20,046 people lived in Lomita.

Lomita History

The word 'Lomita' is Spanish and translates into 'little knoll'. The area was a part of the Rancho San Pedro land grant that was given to Juan Jose Dominguez in 1784 by Spanish King Carlos III. The ranchos flourished till the 1860s, after which they started declining due to a series of natural disasters. Lomita started developing rapidly after oil was discovered in the area in 1923. It was incorporated as a city in 1964.

Lomita and nearby Attractions

  • Lomita Railroad Museum
  • Hollywood Fantasy Tours
  • Torrance Art Center
  • Malaga Cove Ranch Market
  • Hye Art Gallery

Things To Do In Lomita

The Lomita Railroad Museum allows the visitors to learn about the fascinating history of steam engines in railroading. The city also has several parks which are designed for a variety of activities. There is a Parks and Recreation Department that regularly arranges a variety of events and activities around the year. The city also has various appealing art galleries.

Lomita Transportation

Los Angeles International Airport is a short drive away.

Lomita Higher Education

The City University-Los Angeles provides facilities for higher education.


Total Population 20,539
Male Share of the Population 48.1%
Female Share of the Population 51.9%
Senior Citizens 11%
Employed Population 16+ 10,783
Age of the Population 40


% of people married 45.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 27.5%
Median Earnings25+ $35,736
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $14,604
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,442


Median Family Income $66,541
% Above Poverty Level 85.3%
% Below Poverty Level 14.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 5.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.9%
% Using Public Transportation 4.1%


People Living Alone 30.7%
Median Gross Rent $1,239
Median House Value $467,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 60.4%
US/American 0.2%
English 5.5%
Irish 7.5%

Lomita Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles SW of Carson, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 7 miles W of Long Beach, California
County Los Angeles
Standard Zip Codes 90717
Phone Area Codes 310
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.792
Longitude -118.314

Lomita Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 1.2 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 9.6 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 15.5 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 92,475 $76,997
Palos Verdes Estates 13,568 $203,241
Rancho Palos Verdes 42,282 $137,506
Rolling Hills 1,689 $227,250
Rolling Hills Estates 8,184 $154,043
Torrance 147,181 $94,077
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