|— City —|
|City of Carson|
|Motto: Future Unlimited|
|Los Angeles County, California|
|Country||United States of America|
|Incorporated (city)||November 20, 1969|
|• City council||Jim Dear Mayor (D)
Mike A. Gipson
Elito M. Santarina
|• City Treasurer||Karen Avilla, CCMT|
|• City Clerk||Donesia L. Gause|
|• Total||18.968 sq mi (49.127 km2)|
|• Land||18.724 sq mi (48.495 km2)|
|• Water||0.244 sq mi (0.631 km2) 1.29%|
|Elevation||27 ft (8.2 m)|
|• Density||4,800/sq mi ( 1,900/km2)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC-8)|
|• Summer (DST)||PDT (UTC-7)|
|ZIP code||90745, 90746, 90747, 90749, 90810, 90895|
|GNIS feature ID||1660441|
Carson is a city in Los Angeles County, California. As of the 2010 census, Carson had a total population of 91,714. Located 13 miles (21 km) south of downtown Los Angeles and approximately 14 miles away from the Los Angeles International Airport, it is known as a suburb of the city. Incorporated on February 20, 1968, Carson is the youngest municipality in the South Bay region of Metropolitan Los Angeles.
According to the United States Census Bureau, Carson has a total 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 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 close proximity of the Pacific Ocean (~6–8 miles). Rainfall is very scarce during the summer in Carson but receives just enough rainfall throughout the year to avoid Köppen's BSh (semi-arid climate). Carson, like much 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 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, 21,856 (23.8%) African American, 518 (0.6%) Native American, 23,522 (25.6%) Asian, 2,386 (2.6%) Pacific Islander, 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%).
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.
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, 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.
Government and infrastructure 
Local 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.
County, state, and federal representation 
Fire protection in Carson is provided by the Los Angeles County Fire Department which operates out of Fire Stations 10, 36, 116, 127, and 105. Ambulance transportation is provided by McCormick Ambulance Service Station 17. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) operates the Carson Station in Carson.
In the state legislature Carson is located in the 28th Senate District, represented by Democrat Ted Lieu, and in the 55th Assembly District, represented by Democrat Warren T. Furutani. Federally, Carson is located in California's 37th congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of D +27 and is represented by Democrat Laura Richardson.
Primary and secondary schools 
Public schools are part of the Los Angeles Unified School District. They are:
- 232nd Place Elementary School,
- Catskill Elementary School
- Carson Street Elementary School
- Caroldale Learning Community
- Del Amo Elementary School
- Dolores Elementary School
- Dominguez Elementary School
- Andrew Carnegie Middle School
- Stephen M. White Middle School
- Broadacres Elementary
- Leapwood Avenue Elementary School
- Annalee Avenue Elementary School
- Curtiss Middle School
- Ambler Avenue Elementary School
- Towne Avenue Elementary School
- New Millennium Secondary School
- Rancho Dominguez Preparatory School
Some portions of Carson are in the Compton Unified School District.
Although the California Academy of Mathematics and Science is located in Carson, 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.
Public libraries 
County of Los Angeles Public Library operates the Carson Regional Library and the Dr. Martin Luther King Library. Both libraries are in Carson.
The city operates the Carson Circuit bus that serves the local community and connects to other bus services and the Del Amo Station, as well as the North-South Shuttle which connects Carson to the Harbor Gateway Transit Center.
|Los Angeles Galaxy||MLS Soccer||The Home Depot Center||1995||4|
|C.D. Chivas USA||MLS Soccer||The Home Depot Center||2004||0|
Carson is the site of California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH). CSUDH is a major commuter school, particularly for African-American students from the surrounding cities of Long Beach, Gardena, and Compton. It was established in the wake of the 1965 Watts riots, as a response to community outcry over the lack of 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. Prior to expansion in the mid 1960s, the university was located in nearby Palos Verdes. In 1965, Carson was chosen as the home for the relocating university over the communities of Friendship Park, Fort MacArthur and Torrance. Carson is also home to the Home Depot Center which is the home of the Los Angeles Galaxy soccer team and hosts the yearly JP Morgan/Chase tennis tournament.
Carson is also the location of The Home Depot Center, a sports complex including a soccer-specific stadium used by the Los Angeles Galaxy, the Los Angeles Sol, and as of 2005, C.D. Chivas USA, a tennis stadium and a track and field facility. It is also the default home ground 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 promoting professional boxing events that are being seen worldwide.
The Goodyear Blimp also has a landing pad 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.
Oil history 
1921 marked the first drilling for oil at Dominguez Hill, on the northwest side of the Dominguez Rancho, site of the famous battle during the Mexican–American War called the Battle of Dominguez Rancho 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). 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 neighborhood after benzene and methane gas contamination was discovered, as well as soil and groundwater contamination.
Top employers 
According to the City's 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:
|#||Employer||# of Employees|
|1||BP West Coast||1,211|
|2||Lakeshore Learning Materials||887|
|6||Leiner Health Products||392|
|8||Pepsi Beverages Company||352|
Carson is home to the Pavilion at South Bay shopping mall, located at the Avalon Boulevard exit off the San Diego Freeway (Interstate 405). Tenant stores include Sears, IKEA, Target, and 24 Hour Fitness.
An outdoor power center/entertainment complex called Carson Marketplace has been planned but is not yet built. It is on a site once proposed for a stadium that could have played host to a National Football League team (see History of the National Football League in Los Angeles for details). Construction has been delayed by the need for an extensive environmental cleanup, as this was once a toxic waste dump.
Notable people 
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- Forest Whitaker, director, producer, and Academy Award–winning actor
- Juanita Millender-McDonald, Democratic U.S. Congresswoman from 1996–2007
- Brandy, singer/actress
- Ray J (Willie Norwood, Jr.), singer/actor
- Ab-Soul, rapper and member of the group "Black Hippy"
- Ras Kass, rapper
- Chad Brown, National Football League Umpire
- Wesley Walker, National Football League, Wide Receiver NY Jets 1977-1989,
- Danny Reece National Football League, Cornerback & Punt Return, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1976-1980, Punt Return Leader 1979 & 1980
- The Regulators, Rock Group
- Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E., Rap Group
- The Game (Jayceon Taylor), rapper. Lived in Carson from the ages of 7 to 15 while in foster care
- Tommy "Tiny" Lister, actor and former professional wrestler
- Kia Stevens, also known as Awesome Kong and Amazing Kong in TNA Wrestling – a professional wrestler
- Bishop Lamont, rapper
- Dr. Dre (Andre Young, Sr.), rapper/producer. Lived in Carson during his middle school years
- Ekene Ibekwe, University of Maryland forward
- Tammy Townsend, television actress
- Chuckii Booker, singer, songwriter
- The Boys, late 1980s R&B quartet
- Courtney Hall, former San Diego Chargers Center & Guard 1989–1999
- SoShy, (Deborah Epstein), a French singer and songwriter.
- Elbert Watts, former Green Bay Packers Defensive Back 1986
- Antwuan Dixon, professional skateboarder
- Erin Blunt, Actor (Ahmad Abdul Rahim from the "Bad News Bears" Movies, Luther from What's Happening)
- Michael Quercio, musician
- Rex Salas, Musician
In popular culture 
- 24 (Used California State University, Dominguez Hills but was referenced on the show as UCSB)
- Reno 911!
- Reno 911!: Miami
- The Social Network (Used CSUDH's Ballroom)
- Jackie Brown (film)
- Gone in 60 Seconds
- Emergency! (Station 127 of the Los Angeles County Fire Department)
- Joe Dirt
- Pros vs. Joes
- 10 Items or Less
- The Cable Guy
- Certified Gangstas (2004) Music video from rapper, Jim Jones
- Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael (Winona Ryder, Jeff Daniels)
- Vega$ (portions of TV show)
- Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl" Video (S.M. White Middle School Drill & Carson Flaggies)
- Hey Mickey music video (Carson High Cheer)
- Entourage (Season 4 Episode 6 Card Convention at the Carson Community Center)
See also 
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- "Elected Officials – City of Carson". Retrieved 2007-01-18.
- "US Census statistics". Census.gov. Retrieved 2012-11-12.
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- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
- "Clarion Los Angeles, Carson, California". Hospitalsoup.com. August 16, 2007. Retrieved 2012-02-09.
- All data are derived from the United States Census Bureau reports from the 2010 United States Census, and are accessible on-line here. The data on unmarried partnerships and same-sex married couples are from the Census report DEC_10_SF1_PCT15. All other housing and population data are from Census report DEC_10_DP_DPDP1. Both reports are viewable online or downloadable in a zip file containing a comma-delimited data file. The area data, from which densities are calculated, are available on-line here. Percentage totals may not add to 100% due to rounding. The Census Bureau defines families as a household containing one or more people related to the householder by birth, opposite-sex marriage, or adoption. People living in group quarters are tabulated by the Census Bureau as neither owners nor renters. For further details, see the text files accompanying the data files containing the Census reports mentioned above.
- "CENSUS OF POPULATION AND HOUSING (1790–2000)". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2010-07-30.
- Census figure enumerated in 1960 was prior to incorporation.
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- "Will Gerrymandered Districts Stem the Wave of Voter Unrest?". Campaign Legal Center Blog. Retrieved 2008-02-10.
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- "Post Office Location – SOUTHBAY PAVILION STATION." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on December 6, 2008.
- Board District 7 Map. Los Angeles Unified School District. Retrieved on November 24, 2008.
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