Lomita, California

Lomita is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. The population was 20,256 at the 2010 census, up from 20,046 at the 2000 census. The word "lomita" is Spanish for "little knoll".

Lomita, California
City of Lomita
"The Friendly City"[1]
Location of Lomita in Los Angeles County, California
Lomita, California
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 33°47′36″N 118°18′58″W
Country United States
State California
County Los Angeles
IncorporatedJune 30, 1964[2]
  City council[3]Michael G. Savidan, Henry Sanchez Jr., Cindy Segawa, James Gazeley, and Mark Waronek
  Total1.91 sq mi (4.95 km2)
  Land1.91 sq mi (4.95 km2)
  Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)  0%
Elevation95 ft (29 m)
  Density10,828.36/sq mi (4,180.68/km2)
Time zoneUTC−8 (Pacific)
  Summer (DST)UTC−7 (PDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)310/424[9]
FIPS code06-42468
GNIS feature IDs1660937, 2410859


Lomita was originally part of Rancho San Pedro, granted by the Spanish Empire to Juan Jose Dominguez by King Carlos III of Spain in 1784.

Lomita established a sister city relationship with Takaishi, Osaka, Japan in October 1981.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2), all of which is land.

Lomita originally spanned 7 square miles (18 km2). However, over time, much of this area was annexed by neighboring cities. A notable example is "Lomita Fields", now Zamperini Field (the Torrance Municipal Airport).


According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Lomita has a semi-arid climate, abbreviated "BSk" on climate maps.[10]


Historical population
Est. 201820,521[7]1.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[11]


The 2010 United States Census[12] reported that Lomita had a population of 20,256. The population density was 10,601.3 people per square mile (4,093.2/km2). The racial makeup of Lomita was 11,987 (59.2%) White (43.4% Non-Hispanic White),[13] 1,075 (5.3%) African American, 174 (0.9%) Native American, 2,923 (14.4%) Asian, 140 (0.7%) Pacific Islander, 2,680 (13.2%) from other races, and 1,277 (6.3%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6,652 persons (32.8%).

The Census reported that 20,089 people (99.2% of the population) lived in households, 57 (0.3%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 110 (0.5%) were institutionalized.

There were 8,068 households, out of which 2,479 (30.7%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 3,409 (42.3%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 1,160 (14.4%) had a female householder with no husband present, 481 (6.0%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 491 (6.1%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 55 (0.7%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 2,420 households (30.0%) were made up of individuals and 822 (10.2%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49. There were 5,050 families (62.6% of all households); the average family size was 3.12.

The population was spread out with 4,378 people (21.6%) under the age of 18, 1,743 people (8.6%) aged 18 to 24, 5,699 people (28.1%) aged 25 to 44, 5,904 people (29.1%) aged 45 to 64, and 2,532 people (12.5%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39.6 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.8 males.

There were 8,412 housing units at an average density of 4,402.5 per square mile (1,699.8/km2), of which 3,738 (46.3%) were owner-occupied, and 4,330 (53.7%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 0.7%; the rental vacancy rate was 3.4%. 9,183 people (45.3% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 10,906 people (53.8%) lived in rental housing units.

According to the 2010 United States Census, Lomita had a median household income of $60,398, with 12.2% of the population living below the federal poverty line.[13]


As of the census[14] of 2000, there were 20,046 people, 8,015 households, and 5,033 families residing in the city. The population density was 10,572.7 inhabitants per square mile (4,073.6/km2). There were 8,295 housing units at an average density of 4,375.0 per square mile (1,685.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 66.16% White, 4.18% African American, 0.70% Native American, 11.41% Asian, 0.52% Pacific Islander, 10.79% from other races, and 6.23% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 26.20% of the population.

There were 8,015 households out of which 32.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.0% were married couples living together, 14.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.2% were non-families. 30.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the city, the population was spread out with 25.5% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 34.2% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, and 10.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $51,360, and the median income for a family was $53,003. Males had a median income of $41,582 versus $31,353 for females. The per capita income for the city was $27,748. About 9.3% of families and 11.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.3% of those under age 18 and 11.0% of those age 65 or over.

Government and infrastructure

Fire protection in Lomita is provided by the Los Angeles County Fire Department with ambulance transport by McCormack Ambulance.[15]

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) operates the Lomita Station in Lomita.[16]

The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services operates the Torrance Health Center in Harbor Gateway, Los Angeles, near Torrance and serving Lomita.[17]

In the California State Legislature, Lomita is in the 26th Senate District, represented by Democrat Ben Allen, and in the 66th Assembly District, represented by Democrat Al Muratsuchi.[18]

In the United States House of Representatives, Lomita is in California's 43rd congressional district, represented by Democrat Maxine Waters.[19]

The United States Postal Service Lomita Post Office is located at 25131 Narbonne Avenue.[20]


The city of Lomita supported the Republican candidates for president in 1984 and 1988, but has since become a predominantly Democratic city in more recent years. The city of Lomita has supported the Democratic candidate in the past seven consecutive presidential elections. In the eight presidential elections since 1988, the percentage of the vote received by the Democrat has increased from the previous election.

Lomita city vote
by party in presidential elections
Year Democratic Republican Third Parties
2016[21] 55.93% 4,529 37.67% 3,050 6.40% 518
2012[22] 55.43% 4,352 41.67% 3,272 2.90% 228
2008[23] 54.41% 4,433 43.26% 3,525 2.33% 190
2004[24] 50.77% 3,106 48.07% 2,941 1.16% 71
2000[25] 49.13% 2,775 45.79% 2,586 5.08% 287
1996[26] 44.62% 2,573 40.38% 2,329 15.00% 865
1992[27] 39.47% 2,575 34.15% 2,228 26.38% 1,721
1988[28] 38.44% 2,496 60.10% 3,902 1.46% 95
1984[29] 30.20% 1,927 68.45% 4,367 1.35% 86
1980[30] 31.08% 1,892 59.38% 3,615 9.54% 581
1976[31] 46.33% 2,721 51.27% 3,011 2.40% 141
1972[32] 35.04% 2,505 60.51% 4,325 4.45% 318


  • Lomita Railroad Museum, opened in 1966 by Irene Lewis, is a small museum in Lomita devoted to the steam-engine period of railroading. Mrs. Lewis, along with her husband Martin, operated "Little Engines of Lomita", which sold kits for live steam-engine locomotives. Her engines also appeared in movies, including "The Greatest Show on Earth" (1952) and "Von Ryans Express" (1965). This operation inspired Mrs. Lewis to earn a mechanical engineering degree late in life and to build the museum as a showplace for her products. When built, the museum was the first of its kind West of Denver. The museum was designed to replicate the Boston & Maine's Greenwood Station in Wakefield, Massachusetts. The Museum was donated by Mrs. Lewis to the City of Lomita in honor of her late husband, Martin Lewis, in 1967. On display are a 1902 Baldwin Locomotive, a Southern Pacific tender, a 1910 Union Pacific caboose, and a Santa Fe caboose. The Museum also houses a full-size replica of a 1920s water tower that was constructed in 2000. The museum also incorporates a small public park, which accommodates a Union Pacific boxcar and a Union Oil tank car. The Museum is open Thursday through Sunday. Mrs. Lewis's little engines were featured on a Lawrence Welk show saluting senior citizens. Mary Lou Metzger operated the train, and a song about railroading.
  • 5 Star Comics, Comic store owned by professional wrestler Rob Van Dam. He moved the store from Lakewood to Lomita. (Now closed)


Lomita residents are within the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). The area is within Board District 7.[33] As of 2008 Dr. Richard Vladovic represents the district.[34]

Elementary schools that serve Lomita include:

  • Eshelman Avenue Elementary School[35]
  • Lomita Math/Science Magnet[36] (Kindergarten zoned only - 1-5 is magnet only)
  • President Avenue Elementary School (1-5) (in Los Angeles)

For a two year period prior to 1991 Lomita attempted to secede from the LAUSD, but by that year abandoned its efforts.[37]

Nishiyamato Academy of California, a Japanese elementary and junior high school, is located in Lomita.[38][39] The school opened in April 1993; at the time it was located in Rolling Hills Estates. It was founded by Ryotaro Tanose, a former Japanese Diet member, as a sister school of the Nishiyamato Gakuen Junior and Senior High School (Nishiyamato Academy) in Kawai, Nara Prefecture, Japan.[40]

Notable people


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