About Our City

About Our City

The City of Torrance is the eighth largest city in Los Angeles County and competes globally through its myriad of assets: diverse residents, flourishing businesses and safe communities. Over the years, Torrance continues to live out its motto as a balanced city. This suburban city is 10 short miles to LAX Airport but feels a miles away, boasting more than 90,000 street trees, 30 city parks, including Miramar Park, overlooking a beautiful stretch of pristine beach, adjacent to the Pacific Ocean.  Wilson Park, the focal point 44 acres park, which has extensive picnic and sports facilities, including a modern gymnasium, skate park, and roller-hockey rink. Wilson Park also hosts the Torrance Farmers Market on Tuesdays and Saturdays.  Torrance is the birthplace of the AYSO – American Youth Soccer Organization and is proud to welcome back the 2014 AYSO National Games.

Torrance has consistently been recognized as one of LA's safest communities, making it attractive for families to live and tourists to visit.  Convenient to LA's major freeways, visitors can get to their favorite attractions, including Disneyland, Universal Studios and the likes, conveniently and stay in a warm, friendly and safe environment.  Del Amo Fashion Center, the fifth largest mall in the United States is a great place to wrap up the last minute shopping details from your trip.  Torrance, the real fun starts here!


The mission of the City of Torrance is to encourage and respond to community participation as we provide for an attractive, clean, safe, secure and enriching environment that assures a high quality of life. We evaluate and act on the needs of the community within a complex, changing environment. We provide quality service with integrity, professionalism and accountability in an efficient, cost effective manner.

Where is Torrance located?

Torrance is located halfway between Los Angeles and Orange Counties and bound by the Pacific Ocean on the west. Its neighboring cities include Gardena, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rolling Hills and Carson. It is considered to be the heart of the South Bay area.

What's the City's population?

Torrance has a population of about 147,405 with a peak daytime population (2 p.m.) of 203,111. Torrance is the fourth largest city in Los Angeles County and the 12th largest city in California.

Who is the governing body of the City of Torrance?

The City has Council/Manager form of government. The City Council is the elected body, which adopts legislation, sets policy, adjudicates issues and establishes the budget of the City. The City Manager administers policy set by City Council and oversees day-to-day operations of the City.

Which positions are elected and appointed?

Elected positions include the seven-member City Council, the City Clerk and the City Treasurer. Both the City Clerk and City Treasurer also serve as full time department heads. Appointed positions include the City Manager and City Attorney.