Introduction to Rancho Palos Verdes, California

Rancho Palos Verdes, California, in Los Angeles county, is 6 miles SW of Torrance, California (center to center) and 11 miles W of Long Beach, California. The city is situated on top of the bluffs of the Palos Verdes Peninsula and offers spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. It includes numerous coves and cliffs. The municipality is regarded as an upscale suburb of Los Angeles. The main commercial area for the Palos Verdes Peninsula is located in nearby Rolling Hills Estates.

Rancho Palos Verdes History

The Palos Verdes Peninsula was originally home to the Tongva Indians. In 1827 Don Jose Dolores Sepulveda acquired a part of the Rancho San Pedro Spanish land grant and called it Rancho de los Palos Verdes. He created a notable cattle ranch on the property. In 1882 the land was purchased by Jotham Bixby who then leased the land to farmers. Later, most of the acreage was purchased by a group of New York investors who established the Palos Verdes Project and sold parcels of land that were converted to horse ranches and residential communities.

Rancho Palos Verdes Attractions

Wayfarers Chapel is known for its unique modern style of architecture and scenic location on the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Point Vicente Lighthouse is included in the National Register of Historic Places. The city includes unique shops and a wide variety of restaurants. The beautiful South Coast Botanic Garden is worth a visit. There are numerous attractions in the area including Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, the Maritime Museum and the Manhattan Beach Pier.

Point Vicente Park is a great location for viewing the migration of whales. The Promenade on the Peninsula is a popular upscale shopping location. Visitors can travel down to San Pedro and take a ferry to Catalina Island. Nearby Redondo Beach is a well known beach town and features a beautiful pier and harbor.

Rancho Palos Verdes Activities

Being situated along the ocean, Rancho Palos Verdes offers residents and visitors opportunities for swimming, sailing, surfing and beach volleyball. The area is often used for horseback riding, bird watching, and bicycle riding. The Palos Verde Peninsula is known for its extensive horse trails and includes numerous scenic nature trails. Universal Studios, Disney's California Adventure and Disneyland are less than 30 miles away.

The water park named Soak City U.S.A. is nearby and is popular with families. Los Verdes Golf Course and Ocean Trails Golf Club are popular with golfers. There are a large number of quality golf courses in the area. Abalone Cove Shoreline Park, Martingale Trailhead Park and Del Cerro Park are popular destinations.

Rancho Palace Verdes Transportation

Air travel is available at the nearby Los Angeles International Airport.


Total Population 42,464
Male Share of the Population 47.7%
Female Share of the Population 52.3%
Senior Citizens 25.4%
Employed Population 16+ 17,608
Age of the Population 50


% of people married 62.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 64.9%
Median Earnings25+ $63,649
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $44,808
Median Earnings With High School Degree $22,995


Median Family Income $138,652
% Above Poverty Level 95.7%
% Below Poverty Level 4.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 32 minutes
% Working from Home 9.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.7%
% Using Public Transportation 1.3%


People Living Alone 22%
Median Gross Rent $2,244
Median House Value $968,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 45.7%
US/American 0.4%
English 10.4%
Irish 8%

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

Rancho Palos Verdes Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles SW of Torrance, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 11 miles W of Long Beach, California
County Los Angeles
Standard Zip Codes 90275
Phone Area Codes 310
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.744
Longitude -118.386

Rancho Palos Verdes Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 4.9 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 14.5 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 17.8 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, Rancho Palos Verdes, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Palos Verdes Peninsula (90275)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Lomita 20,622 $66,774
Palos Verdes Estates 13,614 $206,083
Redondo Beach 67,695 $122,895
Rolling Hills 1,820 $222,115
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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