Located within the South Bay region of Los Angeles County is the city of Torrance. The city was incorporated in the year 1921 and now presently has an approximate population of 150,000 people. The city of Torrance is the 35th largest in the state and the 8th biggest in the county. Even with it's beautiful, 1.5 mile shore front beaches bordering on the Pacific Ocean and the year round warm temperatures, Torrance is less visited by tourists as opposed to other parts of Southern California, like Redondo Beach and Palos Verdes Estates. There is an average rainfall of 12.55 inches each and every year.
The city has numerous tech and residential firms, with some automotive companies using Torrance as its headquarters. Among these companies consists of: Honeywell's garret Turbochargers, Toyota Motor Sales, American Honda Motor Company, Speed Star Racing Wheels, Tanabe racing Development, Alpine Electronics, Koyo Radiators, Stoptech Brakes, Cosworth, and Edelbrock. Other companies that have head office within Torrance are Lakai, Globe, Sunrider International, Tablet Kiost and Tecmo. Panasonic has a Blue-Ray and DVD-RAM media manufacturing plant within the city. King's Hawaiian, which advertises the leading brand of Hawaiian bread in North American, has its main baking facility located within Torrance. Robinson Helicopters are designed and built in the city too.
Torrance is even a major player within the oil industry and provides the majority of Southern California's gasoline supply. Before, the city was littered with thousands of derricks and oil wells but as the supply of oil gradually diminishes, the number of wells goes down too. In the northern part of the city is the ExxonMobil refining facility. Before the Pacific Electric Railway closed down, Torrance was an essential hub and shop location of the train.
The city of Torrance has prided itself on being able to combine the ideal metropolitan lifestyle with the beauty of the surrounding nature. In the city, there are 90,000 or more lining the roads and 30 parks situated throughout the city.
Torrance was the birthplace of AYSO (American Youth Soccer Organization) and is even the head office of Gracie Jiu Jitsu Academy.
Torrance has a busy general aviation airport referred to as Zamperini Field. It was previously named the Torrance Airport but was renamed after Louis Zamperini, a former local track star and WWII hero. In 1974, it dealt with over 428,000 take offs and landings, but has since declined to an annual average of 175,000 (around 473 per day). One of the major local issues of the city is the abatement of airport noise. Zamperini Field is the proud home of the Western Museum of Flight, which moved there in 2007.