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Overview

Introduction to Carson, California

The city of Carson is located in Los Angeles County, California. Approximately 19 miles to the north is downtown Los Angeles, linked to Carson by Interstate Highway 110. Carson is primarily a manufacturing community. About half of its land mass is taken up by factories, refineries, and other industrial structures. After decades of existence as an unincorporated community of Los Angeles County, Carson was finally incorporated as a city in 1968 when its citizens took to the polls and voted to do so by a nearly 2-to-1 margin. On the same date, by a much narrower vote, the citizens chose the name Carson for their new city over the name Dominguez (these were the two leading family names in the city's history). Following its incorporation, Carson acted quickly to enforce a strict landscaping and building code, resulting in modernizations and improvements in the city's industrial parks and overall appearance.

Carson is famous for hosting the very first air show ever held in the United States. It took place in 1910; just seven years after the Wright Brothers made their first flight near Kitty Hawk, and was known as the "Great Air Meet." The site where this show took place has since been declared a California historical landmark.

Attractions in and around Carson

Here are some places of interest located right in Carson's backyard:

  • The Dominguez Ranch Adobe
  • Western Museum of Flight
  • Banning Mansion and Park
  • The Drum Barracks Civil War Museum
  • The Lomita Railroad Museum
  • The Redondo Beach Pier
  • The Queen Mary
  • Shoreline Village
  • The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
  • The Point Fermin Lighthouse
  • Los Angeles Maritime Museum
  • Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific
  • Museum of Cultural Diversity
  • Wayfarer's Chapel
  • Fort MacArthur Military Museum

The following major attractions are located within an hour's drive of Carson:

  • Disneyland (Anaheim)
  • Knott's Berry Farm (Buena Park)
  • Universal Studios Hollywood
  • Six Flags Magic Mountain (Valencia)
  • The Los Angeles Zoo
  • The Santa Ana Zoo
  • Movieland Wax Museum (Buena Park)

Carson is the location of the Home Depot Center, a sports complex which includes a soccer stadium used by the Los Angeles Galaxy, a track and field facility, and a tennis stadium. The Center also serves as a training facility by the U.S. national soccer team. Professional sports teams which play in Carson include the Los Angeles Galaxy and C.D. Chivas USA (MLS Soccer), the Carson Buzz (ABA Basketball), and the Los Angeles Riptide (MLL Lacrosse). Nearby Los Angeles is home to the following L.A. teams:

  • Basketball:
    • Lakers (NBA)
    • Clippers (NBA)
    • Sparks (WNBA)
  • Major League Baseball (MLB):
    • Dodgers (National League)
  • Football:
    • Avengers (AFL)
  • Hockey:
    • Kings (NHL)

Demographics

People

Total Population92,780
Male Share of the Population48.7%
Female Share of the Population51.3%
Senior Citizens15.3%
Employed Population 16+41,847
Age of the Population38

Families

% of people married42.9%
Average household size4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher24.4%
Median Earnings25+$36,584
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$25,379
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,916

Wealth

Median Family Income$79,282
% Above Poverty Level88.7%
% Below Poverty Level11.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time27 minutes
% Working from Home2.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.4%
% Using Public Transportation3.4%

Housing

People Living Alone16.8%
Median Gross Rent$1,422
Median House Value$366,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)80.9%
German2%
African1.8%
Irish1.4%
English1.3%
French Except Basque0.9%
Nigerian0.8%
Italian0.7%
West Indian0.5%
Belizean0.4%
Scottish0.2%
Norwegian0.2%
Welsh0.1%
Dutch0.1%
Arab0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Swedish0.1%
Greek0.1%
Polish0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Ethiopian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
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Carson Almanac

CategoryValue
County Los Angeles County
Standard Zip Codes90745, 90746, 90810
P.O. Box Zip Codes90749
Company Zip Codes90747, 90895
Phone Area Codes562, 310
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude33.82
Approximate Longitude-118.26

Carson Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationTORRANCE
Distance3.7 miles
Jan Temp46 to 66 F
Apr Temp51 to 71 F
Jul Temp61 to 78 F
Oct Temp57 to 75 F
Annual Precip14.7 inches
StationLONG BEACH AP
Distance7.6 miles
Jan Temp46 to 68 F
Apr Temp53 to 73 F
Jul Temp65 to 83 F
Oct Temp58 to 79 F
Annual Precip12.9 inches
StationLOS ANGELES DOWNTOWN USC
Distance14 miles
Jan Temp49 to 68 F
Apr Temp54 to 73 F
Jul Temp65 to 84 F
Oct Temp60 to 79 F
Annual Precip15.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Compton97,740$47,589
Gardena59,898$57,728
Lawndale33,161$51,967
Lomita20,652$71,626
Rolling Hills Estates8,206$156,771
Torrance147,307$97,314

Carson Public Schools

Academies Of Education And Empowerment At Carson High
22328 S. Main St.
ZIP: 90745
High
Total Enrollment 531
Academy Of Medical Arts At Carson High
22328 S. Main St.
ZIP: 90745
High
Total Enrollment 542
Andrew Carnegie Middle
21820 Bonita St.
ZIP: 90745
Middle
Total Enrollment 915
Bonita Street Elementary
21929 Bonita St.
ZIP: 90745
Primary
Total Enrollment 515
Caroldale Learning Community
22424 Caroldale Ave.
ZIP: 90745
Primary
Total Enrollment 980
Carson Senior High
22328 S. Main St.
ZIP: 90745
High
Total Enrollment 1572
Carson Street Elementary
161 E. Carson St.
ZIP: 90745
Primary
Total Enrollment 700
Catskill Avenue Elementary
23536 Catskill Ave.
ZIP: 90745
Primary
Total Enrollment 574
Del Amo Elementary
21228 Water St.
ZIP: 90745
Primary
Total Enrollment 374
Dolores Street Elementary
22526 Dolores St.
ZIP: 90745
Primary
Total Enrollment 617
Eagle Tree Continuation
22628 S. Main St.
ZIP: 90745
High
Total Enrollment 120
Stephen M. White Middle
22102 S. Figueroa St.
ZIP: 90745
Middle
Total Enrollment 1656
Two Hundred Thirty-second Place
23240 Archibald Ave.
ZIP: 90745
Primary
Total Enrollment 432
Ambler Avenue Elementary
319 E. Sherman Dr.
ZIP: 90746
Primary
Total Enrollment 437
Annalee Avenue Elementary
19410 S. Annalee Ave.
ZIP: 90746
Primary
Total Enrollment 267
Broadacres Avenue Elementary
19424 S. Brd.acres Ave.
ZIP: 90746
Primary
Total Enrollment 291
Glenn Hammond Curtiss Middle
1254 E. Helmick St.
ZIP: 90746
Middle
Total Enrollment 581
Leapwood Avenue Elementary
19302 Leapwood Ave.
ZIP: 90746
Primary
Total Enrollment 294
Magnolia Science Academy 3
1254 E. Helmick St.
ZIP: 90746
Other
Total Enrollment 452
Ralph Bunche Elementary
16223 S. Haskins Ln.
ZIP: 90746
Primary
Total Enrollment 408
Towne Avenue Elementary
18924 Towne Ave.
ZIP: 90746
Primary
Total Enrollment 348
California Academy Of Mathematics And Science
1000 E. Victoria St., Bldg. Sac3 Rm3117
ZIP: 90747
High
Total Enrollment 676
Dominguez Elementary
21250 Santa Fe Ave.
ZIP: 90810
Primary
Total Enrollment 576

Carson Private Schools

Carson Christian School
21828 Avalon Blvd
ZIP: 90745
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 67
Carson Montessori Academy
812 E Carson St
ZIP: 90745
Elementary
Total Enrollment 26
First Lutheran Child Development Center
19707 Central Ave
ZIP: 90746
Elementary
Total Enrollment 16
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