Torrance is situated in the South Bay of LA, about 20 miles southwest of Downtown Los Angeles and covers roughly 21 square miles. The South Bay is a region of the Los Angeles metropolitan area that includes fifteen cities plus portions of the City of Los Angeles and unincorporated portions of Los Angeles County. True to its name the South Bay stretches along the southern shore of Santa Monica Bay. Torrance lies in the heart of the South Bay, bordered by Lomita to the east, Gardena and Lawndale to the north, Redondo Beach and the Pacific Ocean to the west, and Rolling Hills and Palos Verdes Estates to the south. The Torrance city beaches stretch for about 1.5 miles at the very southern end of The Strand, a paved bicycle path that runs mostly along the ocean shoreline for about 22 miles all the way to Will Rogers State Beach in Pacific Palisades.
Incorporated in 1921, the population of Torrance is 146,860 with a peak daytime population that grows to 250,000 or more. Itis known for it’s low crime rates and ranks among the safest in Los Angeles County.
Torrance has a moderate year-round climate with warm temperatures, daily sea breezes, low humidity, and an average rainfall of 12.55 inches per year. It is subject to the phenomenon typical of a microclimate and the temperatures can vary as much as 18 °F between inland areas and the coast. Another weather phenomenon is called the “June Gloom or May Gray”, which sometimes brings overcast or foggy skies in the morning on the coast, followed by sunny skies by noon during late spring and early summer.
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