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Carson, California
City of Carson
Carson city hall
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Location of Carson in Los Angeles County, California
Location of Carson in Los Angeles County, California
Carson is located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area
Location in the United States
Carson is located in California
Carson (California)
Carson is located in the United States
Carson (the United States)
Coordinates: 33°50′23″N 118°15′35″W / 33.83972°N 118.25972°W / 33.83972; -118.25972
Country United States
State California
CountyLos Angeles
IncorporatedFebruary 20, 1968[1]
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
 • City council[2]Arleen Bocatija Rojas
Cedric L. Hicks, Sr.
Jim Dear,
 • MayorLula Davis-Holmes
 • Mayor Pro TemJawane Hilton
 • City TreasurerMonica Cooper
 • City ManagerDavid C Roberts, Jr.
 • Total18.97 sq mi (49.12 km2)
 • Land18.73 sq mi (48.51 km2)
 • Water0.24 sq mi (0.61 km2)  1.29%
Elevation39 ft (12 m)
 • Total95,558
 • Rank86th in California
 • Density5,101.60/sq mi (1,969.77/km2)
Time zoneUTC−8 (Pacific)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−7 (PDT)
ZIP codes
90745–90747, 90749, 90810, 90895[5]
Area code(s)310/424[6]
FIPS code06-11530[7]
GNIS feature IDs1660441,[8] 2409399

Carson is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States, in the South Bay region of Los Angeles, located 13 miles (21 km) south of downtown Los Angeles[9] and approximately 14 miles (23 km) away from Los Angeles International Airport.[10] Incorporated on February 20, 1968, Carson is the newest municipality in the South Bay region of Metropolitan Los Angeles.[11] The city is locally known for its plurality of Filipino-Americans and immigrants.[12] As of 2019, it was estimated that the city had a population of 91,394.[13]


The year 1921 marked the first drilling for oil at Dominguez Hill, on the northwest side of the Rancho San Pedro (also called Rancho Domínguez), site of the famous battle during the Mexican–American War called the Battle of Rancho Domínguez in 1846. The mineral rights to this property were owned by Carson Estate Company, the Hellman Family, the Dominguez Estate Company, and the Burnham Exploration Company of Frederick Russell Burnham. On September 7, 1923, Burnham Exploration partnering with Union Oil brought in the first producer on the site: Callender No. 1-A well at a depth of 4,068 feet (1,240 m) and 1,193 barrels per day (189.7 m3/d).[14] Before long a number of refineries were up and running, with over 350 oil derricks, tank farms, and sprawling industrial complexes becoming a familiar part of the scenery. The principal leases were with Shell Oil Company and Union Oil of California and the first two wells were located west of Central Avenue and north of Victoria Street. Oil led to an increase in jobs in the community and a subsequent post-war population surge. An average of 300 barrels per day (48 m3/d) was produced from each of these wells through 1960.

In 2011, Shell was ordered by the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board to clean up the Carousel Tract neighborhood after the discovery of benzene and methane gas contamination, as well as soil and groundwater contamination.[15]

In 2021, Carson was subjected to an air pollution event as a result of hydrogen sulfide emanating from the nearby Dominguez Channel.[16]


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 Rancho Dominguez on the north, Torrance on the west, Rancho Dominguez and Long Beach on the southeast, Rolling Hills Estates, and West Carson on the southwest.

Bixby Marshland, a 17-acre wetland habitat, is located in Carson.


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 (which is approximately 6 to 8 miles away). 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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The 2010 United States Census[17] reported that Carson had a population of 91,714. The population density was 4,835.2 inhabitants per square mile (1,866.9/km2). The racial makeup of Carson was 21,864 (23.8%) White (7.7% Non-Hispanic White),[18] 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
U.S. Decennial Census[19]

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.


As of the census of 2000,[7] 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 (1,838.7/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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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.[20] 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.[21]

Philippines (43.7%) and Mexico (39.3%) are the most common foreign places of birth in Carson.[22]


Top employers

As of 2021, the top ten employers in the city were:[23]

# Employer # of Employees
1 Marathon Refining Logistics Services 1,530
2 See's Candy Shops Inc. 876
3 Select Staffing 585
4 Lakeshore Learning 505
5 Mag Aerospace Industries 450
6 Natural History Museum of LA County 350
7 Defense Contract Management Agency 345
8 The Pepsi Bottling Group 329
9 Prime Wheel Corporation 271
10 Huck International Inc. 203

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."[24] Around 2006 the company had 1,500 employees at the headquarters.[25] 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.[24] Over half of the employees chose to stay in the Los Angeles area.[25]

Arts and culture

County of Los Angeles Public Library operates the Carson Regional Library and the Dr. Martin Luther King Library. Both libraries are in Carson.

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 Torrance. It was founded as "South Bay College" and then renamed California State University at Palos Verdes. It moved to the City of Carson to meet a significant need for higher education opportunities in the largely black middle class 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.[26] In 1965, Carson was chosen as the home for the relocating university over the communities of Friendship Park, Fort MacArthur and Torrance.[citation needed]

California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) campus

Carson is also the location of Dignity Health Sports Park, a sports complex including a soccer-specific stadium used by the Los Angeles Galaxy and formerly the Los Angeles Sol, C.D. Chivas USA, and the Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League (NFL), a tennis stadium which hosted the LA Women's Tennis Championships, and a track and field facility.[27] 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 was based in Carson. The 1st and 2nd U.S. and International Aviation Meets was 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.[citation needed]

Carson Mall, now SouthBay Pavilion, opened in 1973 and is located at the Avalon Boulevard exit off the San Diego Freeway (Interstate 405). Major tenants include Burlington, IKEA, JCPenney, Ross, ALDI, Target, and 24 Hour Fitness.[citation needed]


One professional sports team currently plays their home games in Carson;

Club League Venue Established Championships
LA Galaxy Major League Soccer Dignity Health Sports Park 1995 (2003 in Carson) 5

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

2028 Summer Olympics

Rugby union, modern pentathlon, tennis, field hockey and track cycling will all be held in Carson during the 2028 Summer Olympics.[28]

Former NFL stadium proposals

As Carson has large tracts of undeveloped land, unusual for a city in such close proximity to metropolitan Los Angeles,[29] 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.[30] 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,[31] that would have hosted both the then-Oakland Raiders and the then-San Diego Chargers.[32] 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.[33] In May 2015, the Carson City Council allocated $50 million to clean up the site[34] 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.[35] Despite this rejection, the Los Angeles Chargers temporarily played their home games at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson from 2017 to 2019 while waiting for the construction of SoFi Stadium to be completed.[citation needed]


Lula Davis-Holmes, mayor of Carson

Municipal government

According to the city's most recent Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the city's various funds had $96.3 million in revenues, $81.8 million in expenditures, $611.4 million in total assets, $129.2 million in total liabilities, and $187.2 million in cash and investments.[36]

State and federal representation

In the California State Legislature, Carson is in the 35th Senate District, represented by Democrat Steven Bradford, and in the 64th Assembly District, represented by Democrat Blanca Pacheco.[37]

In the United States House of Representatives, Carson is in California's 44th congressional district, represented by Democrat Nanette Barragán.[38]

Mayors of Carson

See List of mayors of Carson, California


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.[39] The area is within Board District 8.[40]

Magnolia Science Academy-3, a public span school (serving grades 6-12) in Carson, is a Magnolia Public Schools campus.

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.[41]

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.


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.[42] Ambulance transportation is provided by McCormick Ambulance Service Station 17.[43] The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) operates the Carson Station in Carson.[44]

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.[45]


Carson Circuit bus

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the city operated the Carson Circuit[46] 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.

On September 26, 2021, Long Beach Transit began serving Carson with three new routes. On January 3, 2022, Carson Circuit was reinstated with two revised routes.

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

Notable people

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In popular culture

Sister cities

Carson's sister cities are:[54]

See also

Further reading


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  2. ^ "Elected Officials". City of Carson. Archived from the original on September 12, 2011. Retrieved January 14, 2015.
  3. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 30, 2021.
  4. ^ "Carson". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved October 11, 2014.
  5. ^ "USPS – ZIP Code Lookup – Find a ZIP+ 4 Code By City Results". Retrieved January 18, 2007.
  6. ^ "Number Administration System – NPA and City/Town Search Results". Archived from the original on September 26, 2007. Retrieved January 18, 2007.
  7. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  8. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  9. ^ "The City of Los Angeles". Archived from the original on October 14, 2013. Retrieved October 20, 2013.
  10. ^ "Clarion Los Angeles, Carson, California". August 16, 2007. Archived from the original on January 25, 2013. Retrieved February 9, 2012.
  11. ^ Garner, Scott (September 14, 2018). "Neighborhood Spotlight: Carson is a hub for sports and affordable housing". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  12. ^ Mazza, Sandy (July 23, 2015). "History of Filipino-Americans in South Bay still being written". Daily Breeze. Retrieved October 8, 2022.
  13. ^ "U.S Census Bureau QuickFacts". Retrieved March 12, 2020.
  14. ^ Wells, Bruce A. (September 16, 2010). "This Week in Petroleum History". The American Oil & Gas Historical Society. Retrieved October 6, 2010.
  15. ^ Esquivel, Paloma (March 16, 2011). "Shell Oil ordered to clean up contaminated Carson neighborhood". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 16, 2011.
  16. ^ "'Stinky City': Anger grows in Carson as noxious smell sickens residents, eludes solution". Los Angeles Times. October 16, 2021. Retrieved December 4, 2021.
  17. ^ "2010 Census Interactive Population Search: CA - Carson city". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 15, 2014. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
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  22. ^ "Carson Profile - Mapping L.A." Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 20, 2022.
  23. ^ "2020-2021 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report" (PDF). Carson, California. Retrieved October 2, 2022.
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  30. ^ Garrick, Roger Showley, David (June 2, 2015). "Stadium talks open, Carson still looms".
  31. ^ Logan, Tim. "In stadium financing game, Goldman Sachs dominates - Los Angeles Times". Los Angeles Times.
  32. ^ Pringle, Paul. "State says Carson site ready for construction of NFL stadium - Los Angeles Times". Los Angeles Times.
  33. ^ Pringle, Paul. "2003 Carson plan: Stadium site has been a tough sell - Los Angeles Times". Los Angeles Times.
  34. ^ Fenno, Nathan. "Land deal finalized for proposed Carson NFL stadium - Los Angeles Times". Los Angeles Times.
  35. ^ "Carson gracious in losing out on NFL stadium bid". January 12, 2016.
  36. ^ "City of Carson CAFR" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on September 27, 2011. Retrieved September 18, 2009.
  37. ^ "Statewide Database". UC Regents. Archived from the original on February 1, 2015. Retrieved November 18, 2014.
  38. ^ "California's 44th Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC.
  39. ^ "Proposed Changes to Rancho Dominguez Preparatory School Area Schools" (Archive). Los Angeles Unified School District. Retrieved on April 27, 2014.
  40. ^ Board District 7 Map. Los Angeles Unified School District. Retrieved on November 24, 2008.
  41. ^ "New charter school's possible campus-sharing with Carson elementary school causes rising tension between LAUSD, charter opponents". Daily Breeze. March 29, 2019. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  42. ^ "Battalion 7". Hometown Fire Stations. Los Angeles County Fire Department. Archived from the original on September 3, 2011.
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  45. ^ "Torrance Health Center Archived February 1, 2015, at the Wayback Machine." Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. Retrieved on March 18, 2010.
  46. ^ "Carson Circuit – City of Carson, CA". Archived from the original on September 23, 2011. Retrieved February 9, 2012.
  47. ^ "Moving Company in Carson, California: Los Angeles Movers". Retrieved June 15, 2017.
  48. ^ "Celebrating the brilliance of Filipinos in Carson".
  49. ^ Weiss, Jeff (August 25, 2011). "Compton Rapper Game Returns to an Industry That's Gone Soft". L.A. Weekly. Retrieved July 3, 2017.
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  51. ^ "Demetrius Shipp Jr. Has The Hardest Job In Hollywood—Playing 2Pac". Complex. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
  52. ^ "Filming locations for "Reno 911!". Retrieved November 12, 2012.
  53. ^ "Film locations for Jackie Brown (1997)". Retrieved February 9, 2012.
  54. ^ "Carson Sister Cities Association". City of Carson. Retrieved December 21, 2020.