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Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population67,664
Male Share of the Population50.4%
Female Share of the Population49.6%
Senior Citizens12.1%
Employed Population 16+36,445
Age of the Population41

Families

% of people married51.3%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher57.1%
Median Earnings25+$66,296
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$20,714
Median Earnings With High School Degree$36,063

Wealth

Median Family Income$124,793
% Above Poverty Level95%
% Below Poverty Level5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time28 minutes
% Working from Home7.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.7%
% Using Public Transportation1.4%

Housing

People Living Alone30.6%
Median Gross Rent$1,800
Median House Value$775,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)39.8%
German15.2%
Irish12.5%
English10.2%
Italian7.7%
French Except Basque3%
Russian3%
Polish2.9%
Scottish1.9%
Norwegian1.7%
Swedish1.3%
Dutch1.2%
Greek1.1%
Arab1.1%
Portuguese0.8%
Hungarian0.8%
Iranian0.7%
Ukrainian0.7%
Canadian0.6%
Welsh0.6%
Brazilian0.5%
Egyptian0.5%
US/American0.4%
Lithuanian0.4%
African0.4%
Danishn0.3%
Swiss0.3%
Albanian0.3%
Austrian0.3%
Belgian0.2%
Turkish0.2%
Croatian0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
South African0.2%
Romanian0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Czech0.2%
Syrian0.1%
British0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Australian0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Afghan)0.1%
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Redondo Beach Almanac

CategoryValue
County Los Angeles County
Standard Zip Codes90277, 90278
Phone Area Codes310,424
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude33.83
Approximate Longitude-118.38

Redondo Beach 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
Distance4.6 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
StationCULVER CITY
Distance10.6 miles
Jan Temp46 to 67 F
Apr Temp52 to 73 F
Jul Temp62 to 80 F
Oct Temp57 to 77 F
Annual Precip13.3 inches
StationU C L A
Distance15.5 miles
Jan Temp49 to 66 F
Apr Temp53 to 69 F
Jul Temp62 to 77 F
Oct Temp59 to 75 F
Annual Precip18.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
El Segundo16,901$111,362
Hermosa Beach19,726$183,097
Lawndale33,161$51,967
Manhattan Beach35,573$176,439
Palos Verdes Estates13,582$215,369
Torrance147,307$97,314

Redondo Beach Public Libraries

Redondo Beach Public Library
303 N. PACIFIC COAST HWY
Redondo Beach, California
(310) 318-0676

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Redondo Beach Public Schools

Alta Vista Elementary
815 Knob Hill Ave.
ZIP: 90277
Primary
Total Enrollment 645
Beryl Heights Elementary
920 Beryl St.
ZIP: 90277
Primary
Total Enrollment 477
Parras (nick G.) Middle
200 N. Lucia
ZIP: 90277
Middle
Total Enrollment 1097
Redondo Beach Learning Academy
1000 Del Amo St.
ZIP: 90277
High
Total Enrollment 10
Redondo Shores High (continuation)
1000 Del Amo St.
ZIP: 90277
High
Total Enrollment 70
Redondo Union High
631 Vincent Park
ZIP: 90277
High
Total Enrollment 2658
Tulita Elementary
1520 Prospect Ave.
ZIP: 90277
Primary
Total Enrollment 528
Adams Middle
2600 Ripley Ave.
ZIP: 90278
Middle
Total Enrollment 982
Birney Elementary
1600 Green Ln.
ZIP: 90278
Primary
Total Enrollment 451
Jefferson Elementary
600 Harkness Ln.
ZIP: 90278
Primary
Total Enrollment 653
Lincoln Elementary
2223 Plant Ave.
ZIP: 90278
Primary
Total Enrollment 579
Madison Elementary
2200 Mackay Ln.
ZIP: 90278
Primary
Total Enrollment 451
Washington Elementary
1100 Lilienthal Ln.
ZIP: 90278
Primary
Total Enrollment 725

Redondo Beach Private Schools

Carden Dominion School
706 Knob Hill Ave
ZIP: 90277
Elementary
Total Enrollment 30
Peninsula Montessori School
907 Knob Hill Ave
ZIP: 90277
Elementary
Total Enrollment 5
Playhouse Preschool & Kindergarten
526 S Irena Ave
ZIP: 90277
Elementary
Total Enrollment 5
Riviera Hall Lutheran School
330 Palos Verdes Blvd
ZIP: 90277
Elementary
Total Enrollment 228
South Bay Faith Academy
101 S Pacific Coast Hwy
ZIP: 90277
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 485
St Lawrence Martyr Elementary School
1950 S Prospect Ave
ZIP: 90277
Elementary
Total Enrollment 298
Tuvia School Of Temple Menorah
1101 Camino Real
ZIP: 90277
Elementary
Total Enrollment 14
Beach Cities Child Development Center
850 Inglewood Ave
ZIP: 90278
Elementary
Total Enrollment 38
Coast Christian School
525 Earle Ln
ZIP: 90278
Elementary
Total Enrollment 128
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