Compton, California

Compton: A city in Los Angeles County, California. It is located in the southeastern part of the county. Compton is known for its many parks and green spaces, its many historical sites, and its many attractions, such as the Compton City Hall and the Compton Museum of Art.

About

Compton is a city located in the county of Los Angeles in the U.S. state of California. Its population at the 2010 census was 96,455. After 10 years in 2020 city had an estimated population of 93,967 inhabitants.

The city was created 135 years ago in 1888.

Compton is a city located in southern Los Angeles County, founded in the late 1800s as an agricultural community. It was incorporated as a city in 1888 and by the 1950s had developed into a predominantly middle-class suburb.

Major demographic changes occurred during the 1970s and 1980s. African Americans became the majority population, reaching over 90% by the late 1980s. Compton struggled with poverty, crime, and gang violence during this time. However, community-driven revitalization efforts began in the 2000s.

Key Local Industries and Attractions

Some of Compton's major industries and employers today include:

  • Entertainment/media - Epic Records, Compton radio stations
  • Aviation/aerospace - Tomorrow's Aeronautical Museum
  • Healthcare - Compton Medical Center and clinics
  • Education - Compton Unified School District

Top attractions in Compton include:

  • The Hub City Centre - events venue and skate park
  • Compton Cowboy - unique urban horseback riding facility
  • Compton Creek Natural Park - tranquil wetlands preserve
  • Kingdom Day Parade - major annual cultural celebration

Demographics and Local Culture

As of 2019, Compton had an estimated population of 95,455 people. Its population today is predominantly Latino (65%) and African American. Nearly 30% of residents are under 18 years old.

Compton is widely known as the epicenter of West Coast hip hop and a hub of African-American arts and culture. The city aims to showcase local talent through community events. Compton also provides youth programs focused on technology, aviation and mentoring.

While still facing challenges, Compton continues efforts to reinvent itself as a diverse hometown full of promise and community pride.

Compton locator map
Location of Compton on California map.

Quick Facts about Compton

Population : 93,967 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : California (United States)
County : Los Angeles County
Postal code : 90220–90224
Official name : Compton
Water as percent of area : 1.03%
Land as percent of area : 98.97%
Altitude : 226 feet / 69 meters
Establishment : May 05, 1888 (135 years ago)
Time Zone : Pacific Time Zone
Local time : 01:30:46 (18th April 2024)
Population growth : -2.65% (2010-2020)
Compton martin luther king monument image
Compton martin luther king monument
Compton martin luther king monument image

Geography

Compton is located at 33°53'45"N 118°13'12"W (33.8958500, -118.2200700).

Compton map

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Demographics

According to census records, the population of Compton decreased by 2.65% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 96,455 - census
2011 96,933 0.49% estimation process
2012 97,350 0.43% estimation process
2013 97,600 0.26% estimation process
2014 97,634 0.03% estimation process
2015 97,639 0.01% estimation process
2016 97,281 -0.37% estimation process
2017 97,047 -0.24% estimation process
2018 96,348 -0.73% estimation process
2019 95,605 -0.78% estimation process
2020 93,967 -1.74% estimation process

Compton zip code is 90220. County name: Los Angeles, County fips: 06037

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People born in Compton (136)

People born in Compton, including rapper, songwriter and record producer from California Kendrick Lamar, rapper and actor from California The Game, professional basketball player Alex Acker, .

List

  • B.G. Knocc Out (American rapper from Compton, California (not to be confused with B.G.)) he was born in 23/01/1975
  • Tayshaun Prince (American basketball player) he was born in 28/02/1980
  • Coolio (American actor and rapper) he was born in 01/08/1963
  • Baron Davis (American basketball player) he was born in 13/04/1979
  • Brandon Jennings (American basketball player) he was born in 23/09/1989
  • King Tee (American rapper) he was born in 14/12/1968
  • MC Ren (American rapper) he was born in 14/06/1969
  • Tyga (American rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, and television personality) he was born in 19/11/1989
  • Krist Novoselic (American rock musician) he was born in 16/05/1965
  • Suge Knight (American record producer and music executive) he was born in 19/04/1965
  • DeMar DeRozan (American professional basketball player) he was born in 07/08/1989
  • DJ Yella (American DJ, rapper and record producer) he was born in 11/12/1967
  • MC Eiht (American rapper) he was born in 22/05/1971
  • Steve Smith Sr. (American football player, born 1979) he was born in 12/05/1979
  • Bobby Jones (American professional basketball player, born 1984) he was born in 09/01/1984
  • Ken Carpenter (athletics competitor) he was born in 19/04/1913
  • TQ (American R&B singer) he was born in 24/05/1976
  • Keb' Mo' (American blues singer, guitarist, and songwriter) he was born in 03/10/1951

Schools in Compton

College & universities near Compton, CA

Code Name City ZIP
112686 Compton College Compton (CA) 90221-5393
111966 Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science Los Angeles (CA) 90059
110547 California State University-Dominguez Hills Carson (CA) 90747-0005
444343 Advanced College South Gate (CA) 90280
393649 UEI College-Gardena Gardena (CA) 90247

Stations (45)

Amtrak & bus stations near Compton, CA

Code Name Address Type
TOA Torrance, CA 20575 Hamilton Avenue BUS
LBC Long Beach, California 601 North Long Beach Blvd. BUS
ESG El Segundo, CA 700 South Douglas Street BUS
SPD San Pedro (Catalina Terminal), California 1st Stop: N.Front & Swinford, Berth 95, Catalina BUS
WCH Westchester, CA 6860 Park Terrace Drive BUS

Post offices near Compton

Post Office Name City ZIP
Hub City Post Office Compton (CA) 90220
Compton Post Office Compton (CA) 90221
Willowbrook Post Office Compton (CA) 90222
Paramoun Post Office Paramount (CA) 90723
Lynwood Post Office Lynwood (CA) 90262

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Palmdale 150,498 The most populous city in Los Angeles County, California.
Pomona 149,212 The sixth most populous city in Los Angeles County, California.
Torrance 141,553 The third most populous city in Los Angeles County, California.
Pasadena 141,045 The second most populous city in Los Angeles County, California.
East Los Angeles 126,496 Census-designated place in Los Angeles County, California, United States
El Monte 112,344 The most populous city in Los Angeles County, California.
Downey 109,202 The most populous city in Los Angeles County, California.
Inglewood 107,203 The most populous city in Los Angeles County, California.
Santa Maria 105,851 The third most populous city in Santa Barbara County, California.
West Covina 103,656 The most populous city in Los Angeles County, California.

Distance to Other Cities

Compton distances to largest California cities