Introduction to Redondo Beach, California

The California city of Redondo Beach is located in the coastal edge of Los Angeles County, about 22 miles from downtown Los Angeles and only seven miles south of Los Angeles International Airport. Known as one of the nation's premiere surfing cities, Redondo Beach is one of the three Beach Cities of Southern California's South Bay (the others being Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach). Neighboring cities further inland include Torrance (to the east) and Gardena (to the northeast).

Redondo Beach History 

Once part of the huge 43,000-acre Dominguez Rancho, Redondo Beach became a community shortly after the land was purchased by a development company in 1885. Incorporated as a city in 1892, Redondo Beach quickly became a prime tourist destination boosted by the opening in 1890 of the luxurious Hotel Redondo. As the first port of Los Angeles County, Redondo Beach was visited regularly by steamers from the Pacific Steamship Company which were soon joined by regular rail traffic from the Redondo Railway Company and the Santa Fe Railroad. The early part of the 20th century saw a slow decline in Redondo's popularity caused by the opening and growing prominence of the San Pedro Harbor. During the Depression years, big time gambling accompanied by associated mobsters and shooting incidents, found its way to the city in the form of gambling ships, casinos, and bingo parlors. By mid-century, prosperity returned and the city experienced a huge population boom in the 1950s and '60s. Redondo Beach today is still known as a tourist and resort town.

Redondo Beach Attractions

Known as the birthplace of modern surfing, Redondo Beach is home to the George Freeth Memorial. The Memorial honors Freeth, the young Hawaiian-Irish athlete hired in 1907 by land baron Henry Huntington to demonstrate the ancient Hawaiian art of surfing for the entertainment of Redondo Beach visitors. George exhibited his surfing prowess daily, and in later years entered swimming, diving and water polo competitions before becoming Southern California's first official lifeguard. Freeth later went on to organize and train professional lifeguards and won a Carnegie and a Congressional medal for saving the lives of a boat of stranded fishermen in Santa Monica Bay. Other historic sites include the Old Historic Pier, which also serves as a popular destination for sport fishing, dining, shopping and entertainment; the Redondo Beach Historical Museum, which houses local artifacts, photos and memorabilia chronicling the city's rich history as both a port of call and popular seaside resort; and Historic Riviera Village. Performing arts in the city can be found at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, a 1,457-seat venue which is home to the Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities, the largest producing musical theatre company in Southern California.


Total Population 67,695
Male Share of the Population 49.5%
Female Share of the Population 50.5%
Senior Citizens 11.3%
Employed Population 16+ 36,567
Age of the Population 40


% of people married 50.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 56.9%
Median Earnings25+ $63,932
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,090
Median Earnings With High School Degree $37,047


Median Family Income $122,895
% Above Poverty Level 95.3%
% Below Poverty Level 4.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 7.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.1%
% Using Public Transportation 1.6%


People Living Alone 30.2%
Median Gross Rent $1,751
Median House Value $736,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 40%
US/American 0.5%
English 9.3%
Irish 12.5%

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

Redondo Beach Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 12 miles NW of Long Beach, California
County Los Angeles
Standard Zip Codes 90277, 90278
Phone Area Codes 310
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.849
Longitude -118.387

Redondo Beach Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 4.6 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 10.6 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
Station U C L A
Distance 15.5 miles
Jan Temp 49 to 66 F
Apr Temp 53 to 69 F
Jul Temp 62 to 77 F
Oct Temp 59 to 75 F
Annual Precip 18.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
El Segundo 16,929 $107,823
Hermosa Beach 19,747 $170,747
Lawndale 33,231 $48,639
Manhattan Beach 35,603 $170,842
Palos Verdes Estates 13,614 $206,083
Torrance 147,589 $94,806

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

Redondo Beach Public Libraries

Redondo Beach Public Library
Redondo Beach, California
(310) 318-0676
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Redondo Beach High Schools

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Serves 2,203 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23

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Serves 242 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 31

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