Celebrating their 100 year anniversary, Torrance has seen many changes over the years but it has retained its sense of community and is a thriving “location of choice” for residents and businesses alike.
Incorporated in 1921, the present population is 145,438, making Torrance the fourth largest city in Los Angeles County. Torrance is 21 square miles in size with 29 constituent neighborhoods and is located approximately twenty minutes from Los Angeles International Airport by freeway or the scenic Pacific Coast Highway (Route 1) along the area beaches. The central location, between Los Angeles and Orange Counties, makes Torrance a prime business center for the region known as the South Bay and an important tourist destination offering year-round cultural and recreational activities.
Torrance is a major financial and retail center with outstanding medical care facilities, excellent schools, fine dining and a wide range of hotels. Residents enjoy tennis, golf, swimming, and over 350 acres of open space and parkland which includes the Madrona Marsh, a fresh-water habitat.
One of Torrance's special recreational features is its outstanding beach with facilities for swimming, surfing and volleyball. It is the site of the annual Daily Breeze International Surf Festival which attracts thousands each summer. Torrance also hosts the nation's largest and longest running Armed Forces Day Observance each May, the annual Mobil 10k run each spring and the Torrance Beach Cities Team Triathlon in September.