Torrance is a coastal city in Los Angeles County, California. Torrance lies in the southern coast of the Los Angeles metropolitan area near the western terminus of the 105 Freeway. It's also close to Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach and Hermosa Beach.
Once a small agricultural town, Torrance has been transformed into a major residential and commercial community along the shores of Palos Verdes Peninsula. Torrance had an estimated population of 147,096. The city was originally named "Harbor City" by real estate developers George Haines and David Niven during their rapid development phase between 1947-1952. The name was changed to "Torrance" when it was incorporated on February 20, 1956.
The area is home to a significant portion of the South Bay's population as well. Torrance also has strong economic ties to the aerospace industry and hosts a number of important facilities for both Boeing and Northrop Grumman. The headquarters for both companies are located in nearby El Segundo, which provides a significant boost to the local economy through employment opportunities.
The city has a number of parks and beaches, which are popular with tourists and locals alike. It is also home to several regional shopping centers, including Del Amo Fashion Center, South Bay Galleria and Torrance Transit Mall.