birds in palm tree in CarsonCarson is a city in Los Angeles County, California. As of the 2010 census, Located 13 miles 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. Carson is bordered by West Compton on the north, Compton on the northeast, Long Beach on the east, Wilmington on the south, and West Carson and Harbor Gateway on the west. According to the United States Census Bureau, Carson has a total area of 19.0 square miles. 18.7 square miles of it is land and 0.2 square miles of it is water.

Incorporated on February 20, 1968, Carson is the youngest municipality in the South Bay region of Greater Los Angeles.


The 2010 United States Census reported that Carson had a population of 91,714. There were 25,432 households, out of which 10,980 had children under the age of 18 living in them. The population was spread out with 24% under the age of 18, 10.9% aged 18 to 24, 25.2% aged 25 to 44, 26.2% aged 45 to 64, and 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 of which 76.8% were owner-occupied, and 23.2% were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.3%; the rental vacancy rate was 3.7%.

Government and Infrastructure

Fire protection in Carson is provided by the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Ambulance transportation is provided by McCormick Ambulance Service Station 17. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) operates the Carson Station in Carson.

The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services operates the Torrance Health Center in Harbor Gateway, Los Angeles, near Torrance and serving Carson.

In the state legislature Carson is located in the 28th Senate District. Federally, Carson is located in California’s 37th congressional district.

County of Los Angeles Public Library operates the Carson Regional Library and the Dr. Martin Luther King Library. Both libraries are 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 brings in the first producer on the site. It wasn’t long before 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 was produced from these wells through 1960.

Top Employers

According to the city’s 2009 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers for Carson are

1. British Petroleum West Coast (1,207)
2. Northrop Grumman (1,126)
3. Golden Wheel (899)
4. Lakeshore Learning Materials (765)
5. See’s Candie (522)
6. Target (518)
7. Leiner Health Products (440)
8. Pepsi Beverages Company (408)
9. AT&T (388)
10. Canon Business Solutions (130)


  • Carson is the site of California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH). CSUDH is a major commuter school.
  • Carson is also home to the Home Depot Center, a sports complex which is the home of the Los Angeles Galaxy soccer team, hosts the yearly JP Morgan/Chase tennis tournament, is used by the Los Angeles Sol and 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. The ADT Event Center is the only permanent indoor velodrome in the U.S.
  • 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.

Reference source: Wikipedia

City of Carson website