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Carson, California
City of Carson
Carson city hall
Carson city hall
Flag of Carson, California
Flag
Official seal of Carson, California
Seal
Motto(s): 
Future Unlimited
Location of Carson in Los Angeles County, California
Location of Carson in Los Angeles County, California
Country  United States
State  California
County Los Angeles
Incorporated February 20, 1968
Government
 • Type Council-Manager
Area
 • Total 18.97 sq mi (49.12 km2)
 • Land 18.73 sq mi (48.51 km2)
 • Water 0.24 sq mi (0.61 km2)  1.29%
Elevation
39 ft (12 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 95,558
 • Rank 86th in California
 • Density 5,101.60/sq mi (1,969.77/km2)
Time zone UTC−8 (Pacific)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−7 (PDT)
ZIP codes
90745–90747, 90749, 90810, 90895
Area code(s) 310/424
FIPS code 06-11530
GNIS feature IDs 1660441, 2409399

Carson is a city in Los Angeles County, California in the south bay region of Los Angeles, located 13 miles (21 km) south of downtown Los Angeles and approximately 14 miles (23 km) away from Los Angeles International Airport. Incorporated on February 20, 1968, Carson is the newest municipality in the South Bay region of Metropolitan Los Angeles. As of 2019, it was estimated that the city had a population of 91,394.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, Carson has an area of 19.0 square miles (49 km2). 18.7 square miles (48 km2) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) of it (1.29%) is water.

Carson is bordered by West Compton on the north, Compton on the northeast, Long Beach on the east, Wilmington on the south, and West Carson and Harbor Gateway on the west.

Climate

Carson experiences a warm-summer Mediterranean climate (Köppen climate classification Csb), similar to that of the Los Angeles Basin with noticeably cooler temperatures during the summer due to the nearby Pacific Ocean (~6–8 miles). Rainfall is scarce during the summer in Carson but receives enough rainfall throughout the year to avoid Köppen's BSh (semi-arid climate). Carson, like many of the Southern California coastal areas, is subject to a late spring/early summer weather phenomenon called "June Gloom." This involves overcast or foggy skies in the morning which yield to sun by early afternoon.

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Demographics

2010

The 2010 United States Census reported that Carson had a population of 91,714. The population density was 4,835.2 people per square mile (1,866.9/km2). The racial makeup of Carson was 21,864 (23.8%) White (7.7% Non-Hispanic White), 21,856 (23.8%) African American, 518 (0.6%) Native American, 23,522 (25.6%) Asian (20.9% Filipino, 0.8% Japanese, 0.8% Korean, 0.5% Chinese, 0.4% Vietnamese, 0.4% Asian Indian, 0.2% Cambodian, 0.1% Pakistani, 0.1% Thai), 2,386 (2.6%) Pacific Islander (2.2% Samoan, 0.2% Guamanian, 0.1% Native Hawaiian), 17,151 (18.7%) from other races, and 4,417 (4.8%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 35,417 persons (38.6%) (32.6% Mexican, 1.1% Salvadoran, 1.0% Guatemalan, 0.6% Puerto Rican, 0.3% Cuban, 0.2% Honduran, 0.2% Peruvian, 0.2% Ecuadorian).

The Census reported that 90,411 people (98.6% of the population) lived in households, 1,170 (1.3%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 133 (0.1%) were institutionalized.

There were 25,432 households, out of which 10,980 (43.2%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 14,178 (55.7%) were married couples living together, 4,787 (18.8%) had a female householder with no husband present, 1,761 (6.9%) had a male householder with no wife present. 3,776 households (14.8%) were made up of individuals, and 1,790 (7.0%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.56. There were 20,726 families (81.5% of all households); the average family size was 3.90.

Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 38,059
1970 71,150 86.9%
1980 81,221 14.2%
1990 83,995 3.4%
2000 89,730 6.8%
2010 91,714 2.2%
2020 95,558 4.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

The population was spread out, with 21,992 people (24.0%) under the age of 18, 9,964 people (10.9%) aged 18 to 24, 23,105 people (25.2%) aged 25 to 44, 24,013 people (26.2%) aged 45 to 64, and 12,640 people (13.8%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37.6 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.5 males.

There were 26,226 housing units at an average density of 1,382.6 per square mile (533.8/km2), of which 19,529 (76.8%) were owner-occupied, and 5,903 (23.2%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.3%; the rental vacancy rate was 3.7%. 68,924 people (75.2% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 21,487 people (23.4%) lived in rental housing units.

2000

As of the census of 2000, there were 89,730 people, 24,648 households, and 20,236 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,762.2 inhabitants per square mile (1,838.9/km2). There were 25,337 housing units at an average density of 1,344.7 per square mile (519.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 25.69% White, 25.41% Black or African American, 0.56% Native American, 22.27% Asian, 2.99% Pacific Islander, 17.98% from other races, and 5.09% from two or more races. 34.92% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 24,648 households, out of which 39.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.7% were married couples living together, 17.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.9% were non-families. 14.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.59 and the average family size was 3.92.

Age ranges of residents were 28.4% under the age of 18, 9.9% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to 64, and 10.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.4 males.

According to a 2006 estimate, the median income for a household in the city was $60,457, and the median income for a family was $66,468. Males had a median income of $33,579 versus $31,110 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,107. About 7.2% of families and 9.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.9% of those under age 18 and 8.6% of those age 65 or over. Carson has the distinction of being the only incorporated city in the United States where the black population has a higher median income than the white population.

Attractions

Carson is the site of California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH). CSUDH is a major commuter school, particularly for students from the surrounding cities of Long Beach, Gardena, and Compton. It was founded as "South Bay College" and then renamed California State University at Palos Verdes. In the wake of the 1965 Watts rebellion, it moved to the City of Carson to meet a significant need for higher education opportunities in the largely black south suburbs of Los Angeles. Today it is among the most racially diverse campuses in the United States. The student body does not have a racial or ethnic majority. In 1965, Carson was chosen as the home for the relocating university over the communities of Friendship Park, Fort MacArthur and Torrance.

CSU Dominguez Hills
California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) campus

Carson is also the location of StubHub Center, a sports complex including a soccer-specific stadium used by the Los Angeles Galaxy, the Los Angeles Sol, from 2005–2014, C.D. Chivas USA, and for the 2017 and 2018 seasons only, the Los Angeles Chargers of the NFL, a tennis stadium which hosts the yearly JP Morgan/Chase tennis tournament, and a track and field facility. It is also the training headquarters for the United States men's national soccer team. It opened in 2003, adjacent to CSUDH. The ADT Event Center is the only permanent indoor velodrome in the U.S. In July 2007, the Galaxy signed international soccer superstar David Beckham to the team. In 2011, International Boxing Hall of Fame Promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank began publicizing professional boxing events.

One of the Goodyear Blimps is based in Carson, a fitting tribute to the 1st and 2nd U.S. and International Aviation Meets held at the Dominguez Hill Rancho in 1910 and 1911, which featured many blimps and zeppelins. The International Printing Museum, which has one of the largest collections of antique printing presses in the United States, is located in Carson.

Carson Mall, now SouthBay Pavilion, opened in 1973 and is located at the Avalon Boulevard exit off the San Diego Freeway (Interstate 405). Tenant stores include Sears, IKEA, Target, and 24 Hour Fitness.

Proposed NFL Stadium

As Carson has large tracts of undeveloped land, unusual for a city in such close proximity to metropolitan Los Angeles, various plans for the use of the land have been proposed. One such tract of land located at Del Amo Boulevard, west of the 405, has attracted particular attention as a potential site for a National Football League stadium. An outdoor power center complex called Carson Marketplace was originally planned for the site. In February 2015, however, the Marketplace plans were scrapped in favor of a $1.2 billion National Football League stadium, backed by Goldman Sachs, that would host both the Oakland Raiders and the San Diego Chargers. The NFL had previously considered the site as a location for a stadium, but the plans stalled after it was discovered that the site was once used as a toxic waste dump and would require an extensive clean-up operation before construction was legally allowed to commence. In May 2015, the Carson City Council allocated $50 million to clean up the site for either the dual NFL stadium or the originally planned Carson Marketplace as a fallback should the NFL stadium not come to fruition.

On January 12, 2016, NFL owners rejected Carson's bid to host an NFL stadium in favor of the competing bid in Inglewood backed by Rams owner Stan Kroenke.

In popular culture

  • Reno 911!
  • Jackie Brown
  • Gone in 60 Seconds
  • Emergency! (Station 127 of the Los Angeles County Fire Department)
  • Pros vs. Joes
  • 10 Items or Less

Sister Cities

Carson has 3 sister cities.:

  • Philippines - La Carlota, Philippines
  • Japan - Sōka, Japan
  • South Korea - Wanju County, South Korea

Economy

Top employers

As of 2013, the top ten employers in the city were:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Prime Wheel Corporation 417
2 See's Candy Shops Inc. 404
3 Arconic 385
4 Mag Aerospace Industries 377
5 Cedarlane Natural Foods Inc. 302
6 Sourcecorp Bps Inc. 301
7 General Mills Operations LLC 287
8 Xerox Education Services Inc. 278
9 The Pepsi Bottling Group 276
10 Pacific Bell 273

Other companies based in Carson include Bristol Farms and Ducommun.

Former companies

Nissan previously had its North American headquarters in Carson. The 42-acre (17 ha) property consisted of 13 buildings, with a total of 700,000 square feet (65,000 m2) of office and light industrial space. One of the buildings, a nine-story tower, had the Nissan logo on it. Vincent Roger of the Los Angeles Times wrote that it "was a familiar sight to drivers passing the intersection of the Harbor and San Diego freeways." Around 2006 the company had 1,500 employees at the headquarters. In 2005 a leak revealed that Nissan planned to move its offices to Tennessee. In the summer of 2006, the Nissan headquarters completed the move. Over half of the employees chose to stay in the Los Angeles area.

Education

Primary and secondary schools

Carson is served by the Los Angeles Unified School District.

High schools serving portions of Carson include Carson High School in Carson, Rancho Dominguez Preparatory School in Long Beach, and Banning High School in the Wilmington area of Los Angeles. The area is within Board District 8.

Circa 2019 there were plans to open a campus of the charter school Ganas Academy on the campus of the LAUSD public school Catskill Avenue Elementary School, but there was opposition to this move.

Although the California Academy of Mathematics and Science is located in Carson on the campus of California State University, Dominguez Hills, it is actually a part of the Long Beach Unified School District. The school accepts residents of LBUSD, Compton USD, portions of LAUSD (including sections serving Carson), and other districts.

Sports

Two professional sports teams currently play their home games in Carson;

Club League Venue Established Championships
LA Galaxy Major League Soccer Dignity Health Sports Park 1995 (2003 in Carson) 5
Los Angeles Wildcats XFL Dignity Health Sports Park 2020 0

The Los Angeles Chargers of the NFL played their home games in Carson from 2017 to 2019.

2028 Summer Olympics

Multiple events will be held in Carson during the 2028 Summer Olympics. Rugby, Modern Pentathlon, Tennis, Field Hockey and Track cycling will all be held in Carson.

Former NFL stadium proposals

As Carson has large tracts of undeveloped land, unusual for a city in such close proximity to metropolitan Los Angeles, various plans for the use of the land have been proposed. One such tract of land located at Del Amo Boulevard, west of the 405, attracted particular attention in the past as a potential site for a National Football League stadium. An outdoor power center complex called Carson Marketplace was originally planned for the site. In February 2015, however, the Marketplace plans were scrapped in favor of a $1.2 billion NFL stadium, backed by Goldman Sachs, that would have hosted both the then-Oakland Raiders and the then-San Diego Chargers. The NFL had previously considered the site as a location for a stadium, but the plans stalled after it was discovered that the site was once used as a toxic waste dump and would require an extensive clean-up operation before construction was legally allowed to commence. In May 2015, the Carson City Council allocated $50 million to clean up the site for either the dual NFL stadium or the originally planned Carson Marketplace as a fallback should the NFL stadium not come to fruition.

On January 12, 2016, NFL owners rejected Carson's bid to host an NFL stadium in favor of the competing bid of SoFi Stadium in Inglewood backed by Rams owner Stan Kroenke. Despite this rejection, the Los Angeles Chargers temporarily played their home games at StubHub Center in Carson from 2017 to 2019 while waiting for the construction of Sofi Stadium to be completed.

Infrastructure

Emergency services

Fire protection in Carson is provided by the Los Angeles County Fire Department which operates out of Fire Stations 10, 36, 105, 116, and 127. Ambulance transportation is provided by McCormick Ambulance Service Station 17. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) operates the Carson Station in Carson.

Health care

The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services operates the Torrance Health Center in Harbor Gateway, Los Angeles, near Torrance and serving Carson.

Post office

The United States Postal Service operates the Carson Post Office at 21350 Avalon Boulevard and the South Bay Pavilion Station in Suite 116 at 20700 Avalon Boulevard.

Transportation

Current Carson Circuit Bus
Carson Circuit bus

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the city operated the Carson Circuit bus that serves the local community and connects to other bus and rail transit services including the Los Angeles Metro A Line at the Del Amo Station. Service was suspended on March 28, 2020. However, their Dial-A-Ride services remained in service during that time.

Historically, the city was served by the Pacific Electric Long Beach Line.

Notable people

  • Forest Whitaker, director, producer, and Academy Award-winning actor
  • Juanita Millender-McDonald, Democratic U.S. Congresswoman from 1996 to 2007
  • Ashton Sanders, actor
  • Brandy, singer/actress
  • Ray J (Willie Norwood, Jr.), singer/actor
  • The Boys (American band)
  • Ras Kass, rapper
  • Ab-Soul, rapper and member of group Black Hippy
  • Reason, rapper
  • Vince Ferragamo, NFL quarterback for Los Angeles Rams 1977–86, Super Bowl XIV, played for No. 1-ranked Nebraska 1976, an Academic All American, was LA City's MVP 1972
  • Chad Brown, former National Football League referee
  • Bob Whitfield, Stanford University graduate, NFL offensive lineman, Atlanta Falcons, New York Giants and Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Wesley Walker, NFL wide receiver, NY Jets 1977-1989
  • Danny Reece, NFL cornerback and punt returner, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1976–1980, punt return leader 1979 and 1980
  • The Game (Jayceon Taylor), rapper, lived in Carson age 7 to 15 while in foster care
  • Bishop Lamont, rapper
  • Dr. Dre (Andre Young, Sr.), rapper/producer, lived in Carson during his middle school years
  • Ekene Ibekwe, University of Maryland basketball forward, 2012 and 2016 Olympian (Nigerian Basketball National Team)
  • Tammy Townsend, television actress
  • Chuckii Booker, singer, songwriter
  • Courtney Hall, former San Diego Chargers center and guard 1989–1999
  • SoShy, (Deborah Epstein), a French singer and songwriter
  • Elbert Watts, Green Bay Packers defensive back 1986
  • Antwuan Dixon, professional skateboarder
  • Michael Quercio, musician
  • Kris Richard, NFL player and coach
  • Rex Salas, musician
  • Brett Young, football player
  • A$ton Matthews, rapper
  • Demetrius Shipp Jr., actor

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