About the South Bay

Los Angeles, South Bay. Communities in the South Bay = Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance, El Segundo, Lomita, Palos Verdes, Gardena, Hawthorne, Gardena, and San Pedro.                                                                                   

     Map of Los Angeles South Bay Cities.

El Segundo is just North of Manhattan and not on this map.


South Bay Map

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Map below and description from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia..

The South Bay is a region in the southwest peninsula of Los Angeles county, California, United States. Its name stems from the fact that it stretches along the southern shores of Santa Monica Bay, which forms its western border. The picture at right uses the broadest definition of the region, including all communities south of the 105 and west of Long Beach (with the exception of Compton, which is generally considered South LA). A more restrictive definition of the South Bay includes only the Beach Cities (Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach) El Segundo, the Palos Verdes Pennsula, and Torrance. This definition is more commonly found near the ocean, while not as accepted in the inland portions of the South Bay. The region is bordered on the north by West Los Angeles, on the northeast by South Los Angeles, on the east by the Gateway Cities, and on the south and west by the Pacific Ocean.
How LA's South Bay cities were named:

Hermosa Beach — Incorporated in 1907, named after the Spanish word for “beautiful.”

Manhattan Beach — Named by developer Stewart Miller after his New York hometown. It won a coin flip to become the town's official name over Shore Acres, the other contender.

Redondo Beach — Named after the nearby land grant Rancho Sausal Redondo (“Ranch of the Round Clump of Willows”).

Torrance — Named after its founder, Jared Sydney Torrance. Other names considered for the city included Southport, Obrador, Coronel, Don Manuel and Industrial.

El Segundo — Spanish for “the second.” Incorporated in 1917, named by executives from Standard Oil in 1911 as they searched for a location for the company's second refinery.

Hawthorne — Incorporated in 1922, named after American novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Palos Verdes — Spanish for “green sticks.” Probably named after Canada de Los Palos Verdes, a wooded area near current-day Machado Lake in Harbor Regional Park.

San Pedro — Named by Spanish explorer Sebastian Vizcaino in honor of St. Peter, the second-century Bishop of Alexandria.

Wilmington — Named by developer and entrepreneur Phineas Banning after his home town of Wilmington, Delaware.

Inglewood — Incorporated in 1908, supposedly named by a visitor from Inglewood, Canada after his home town.

South Bay Population Data

City 1990 Population 2000 Population
El Camino Village (unincorporated) 12,215 8,622
Carson 83,995 89,730
Del Aire (unincorporated) 8,040 9,012
El Segundo 15,223 16,033
Gardena 49,847 57,746
Harbor City N/A 23,270
Hermosa Beach 18,219 18,566
Inglewood 109,602 112,580
Lawndale 27,331 31,711
Lennox (unincorporated) 22,757 22,950
Lomita 19,382 20,046
Manhattan Beach 32,063 33,852
Palos Verdes Estates 13,512 13,340
Rancho Palos Verdes 41,659 41,145
Redondo Beach 60.167 63,261
Rolling Hills 1,871 1,871
Rolling Hills Estates 7,789 7,676
San Pedro N/A 61,647
Torrance 133,107 137,946
Wilmington N/A 56,342
TOTAL 748,271 932,596