Situated next to Palos Verdes in the South Bay in south-western Los Angeles, Torrance California enjoys a pleasant climate, significant industry and boasts one of the lowest crime rates in Los Angeles County. It is the 6th biggest city in Los Angeles and the 34th largest city in the state of California and is 25 minutes southwest of the city of Los Angeles.
Torrance was originally land belonging to the Native American Tongva people. It passed to Spanish control in the 18th century and then to Mexican jurisdiction following the independence of Mexico from Spain. Torrance as it is known today was founded and designed by real estate developer, Jared Sidney Torrance, lending his name to the city. Built in the early 1900s the town was developed as a hub for industry, mixing industrial areas with residential areas for employees.The strong industrial legacy is continued to this day, with Torrance being the home to major Japanese automakers as well as big aerospace and oil companies including Allied Signal Aerospace, Alcoa and Exxon. These industries thrived after the Second World War and managed to withstand the economic downturn of the 1990s. There are approximately 350,000 people employed in Torrance, making it an important commercial center in California.
There is a strong cultural scene in Torrance California, with residents able to regularly enjoy a variety of cultural events and activities including the Torrance Symphony, Torrance Ballet, Torrance Civic Chorale and the Torrance Arts Museum. Torrance also boats a model railway for locomotive enthusiasts, the Southern California Live Steamers Miniature Railroad. It claims none other than Walt Disney as an original member. Fans of 90s pop culture will be interested to know that the façade of Torrance High School was used in the show Beverly Hills 90210.
Torrance has 30 parks it its city boundaries. Some of the most popular include Wilson Park, Madrona Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Torrance Smart Gardening Center, Columbia Park, and Torrance Beach Park.
With its pleasant Mediterranean style climate, its wide variety of parks and 1 mile of beach, Torrance is a popular destination for nature lovers in California. It boasts over 300 acres of parkland, making it a popular choice for golfers, swimmers and tennis players. Other local attractions include the Torrance Armed Forces Parade which dates back to 1960, making it the longest running city sponsored military parade in the USA. Torrance is also home to the Del Amo Fashion Center, which up until 2005 was the largest shopping mall in the world. Today, it features a wide variety of upscale fashion outlets.