Torrance, California

Los Angeles County


Torrance is a city in Los Angeles County in the U.S. state of California, United States, with 147 027 inhabitants ( 2012). The city is bordered to the north by Lawndale and Gardena, to the east by Los Angeles and south of Rolling Hills Estates and Palos Verdes Estates. To the west lies Redondo Beach, but also includes a small piece of beach that lies between Redondo Beach and Malaga Cove to the city.

The city is crossed by the California State Route 1, also known as the Pacific Coast Highway.


The city was named after the builder Jared Sydney Torrance, in the area south of Los Angeles bought a piece of land in 1900, which formerly belonged to a Spanish colony, to be erected on a new industrial and residential area. He commissioned the architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. with the planning of the new city. In 1912 the newly founded city of Torrance was named.


In Torrance Del Amo Fashion Center the, one of the largest shopping centers ( malls ) of the USA is. Earlier, the area around Torrance was covered with oil wells and drilling rigs, today it is a little less, but there is still the ExxonMobil refinery in the north of the city, which ensures the gasoline supply a large part of Southern California. Furthermore, the headquarters of Toyota Motor Sales, USA and American Honda Motor in Torrance and the machine manufacturer Rock-Ola. There are also several automotive suppliers, clothing manufacturers and a plant for the production of Blu -ray discs and DVDs the electronics company Panasonic. At the local airport ( which was named after Louis Zamperini Field Zamperini ) of the Robinson helicopter manufacturer is located Helicopter.


The fans of the television series Buffy - The Vampire Slayer, the city is known for her high school. There, the exterior shots for the scenes were filmed playing at the high school the fictional town of Sunnydale.

In the Del Amo Mall

One of the many refineries in Torrance

Sons and daughters of the town

  • Brian Bonsall ( born 1981 ), film actor and musician
  • John Butler ( born 1975 ), musician and environmental activist
  • Brandon Call (* 1976), actor
  • Larry Carlton ( born 1948 ), Jazz / Blues / Fusion guitarist, singer and producer
  • Bob Gardiner (1951-2005), animator
  • Bob "The Bear" Hite (1945-1981), blues singer, singer of the blues band Canned Heat from 1965-1981
  • Michelle Kwan ( born 1980 ), figure skater and multiple world champion
  • Alyson Michalka (* 1989), actress and singer
  • Daryl Sabara (* 1992), actor
  • William Lester Suff ( born 1950 ), serial killers
  • Brian Welch ( born 1970 ), musician
  • Tony Gonzalez (born 1976 ), football player
  • Jonathan Bornstein ( born 1984 ), football player