Introduction to Hawthorne, California

Southwestern Los Angeles County is the location of the city of Hawthorne, California. Incorporated in 1922, the city covers a six square mile area and is ideally situated, located less than 5 miles from the Los Angeles International Airport and surrounded by three major freeways (Interstates 105, 110 and 405) affording quick access to a wide variety of Southern California cultural assets, entertainment, sports, mountains and beaches. In particular, Hawthorne is adjacent to Manhattan Beach and close to the coastal towns of Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach.

Industrial and commercial development in Hawthorne proceeded at a steady pace after the 1939 arrival to the city of Northrop Aircraft Inc. (which has become today's Northrop Grumman Corporation). Dozens of subcontracting firms followed and with the expansion of the aviation/aerospace industry, Hawthorne enjoyed a long period of prosperity in terms of jobs and real estate growth. Since that time, Hawthorne has grown from a small, mostly rural community to a well-rounded assortment of residences and industries.

Music fans will recognize Hawthorne as the birthplace of Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson, founders and members of the Beach Boys. Although their boyhood home was actually demolished in the late 1980s as part of Century Freeway construction project, it was bestowed the designation of a California State Historic Landmark in May 2005.

Attractions in Hawthorne and Nearby areas:

A wealth of cultural and entertainment options are available within a short drive of Hawthorne. Some of these are:

  • The Hollywood Museum - Four floors of displays which capture the magic of past and present motion pictures.
  • Aquarium of the Pacific - Dozens of aquatic exhibits.
  • Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Gardens (Claremont) - Home to 70,000 native Californian plants.
  • Universal Studios - The world's largest working film and television studio also features rides, shows, and amusements.
  • Long Beach Museum of Art.
  • California Science Center - The west coast's largest hands-on science museum.
  • Six Flags Hurricane Harbor.
  • Los Angeles Zoo.
  • Grauman's Chinese Theatre.
  • The Gamble House (Pasadena) - A National Historic Landmark featuring American Arts and Crafts style architecture.
  • Los Angeles Maritime Museum.
  • Six Flags Magic Mountain.
  • Museum of Flying (Santa Monica).
  • Griffith Observatory.

The following Los Angeles-based major league pro teams play their games only a short drive away from Hawthorne:

  • Baseball: LA Dodgers.
  • Basketball: LA Clippers/LA Lakers.
  • Hockey: LA Kings.
  • Lacrosse: LA Riptide.
  • Soccer: LA Galaxy.

Los Angeles is also home to the Avengers of the Arena Football League.


Total Population 86,564
Male Share of the Population 48.9%
Female Share of the Population 51.1%
Senior Citizens 8.4%
Employed Population 16+ 39,714
Age of the Population 32


% of people married 37.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 19%
Median Earnings25+ $28,974
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,950
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,373


Median Family Income $49,040
% Above Poverty Level 79.9%
% Below Poverty Level 20.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.2%
% Using Public Transportation 7.7%


People Living Alone 27.4%
Median Gross Rent $1,043
Median House Value $404,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 74.8%
US/American 0%
English 1.1%
Irish 1.4%

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

Hawthorne Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 11 miles SW of Los Angeles, California
County Los Angeles
Standard Zip Codes 90250
P.O. Box Zip Codes 90251
Phone Area Codes 310
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.916
Longitude -118.351

Hawthorne Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 3 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 6.9 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
Distance 8.6 miles
Jan Temp 49 to 68 F
Apr Temp 54 to 73 F
Jul Temp 65 to 84 F
Oct Temp 60 to 79 F
Annual Precip 15.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Hawthorne, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Holly Park (90250)

Hollyglen (90250)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Compton 97,955 $45,484
El Segundo 16,929 $107,823
Gardena 59,931 $53,417
Inglewood 111,411 $45,954
Lawndale 33,231 $48,639
Manhattan Beach 35,603 $170,842

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

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Serves 2,863 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.1

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Student/teacher ratio: 24

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