Hawthorne is a city in southwestern Los Angeles County, California. The city at the 2010 census had a population of 84,293. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has an area of 6.1 square miles, over 99% of it land. There were 29,869 housing units of which 26.8% were owner-occupied, and 73.2% were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.5%; the rental vacancy rate was 4.6%.
To the north of Hawthorne is the unincorporated community of Lennox and the city of Inglewood. To the east is the unincorporated community of Athens and the city of Gardena. To the south is the unincorporated community of El Camino Village, and the cities of Lawndale and Redondo Beach. Manhattan Beach is at the southwest corner of Hawthorne, and the city of El Segundo is to the west of Hawthorne. The unincorporated community of Del Aire is surrounded on three sides by the city of Hawthorne along western edge of Hawthorne.
The Century Freeway (Glenn Anderson Freeway, I-105) runs along the northern boundary of Hawthorne, with the LACMTA Green Line light rail line running down the center of the Century Freeway. The San Diego Freeway (I-405) runs along the western boundary of Hawthorne. Major east-west streets in Hawthorne include Rosecrans Ave., El Segundo Ave., and Imperial Highway. Major north-south street include Aviation Blvd., Inglewood Ave., Hawthorne Blvd., Prairie Ave., Crenshaw Blvd., and Van Ness Ave.
Hawthorne is five miles from the Los Angeles International Airport.
Hawthorne, like the rest of the Los Angeles basin, is well-known for its year-round pleasant Mediterranean or dry-summer Subtropical climate, enjoyinhg plenty of sunshine throughout the year. On average, the warmest month is August; the coolest month is January; the maximum average precipitation occurs in February.Hawthorne averages 263 days of sunshine and only 35 days with measurable precipitation annually.