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The United States of America is a country in North America that extends from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean and shares land borders with Canada and Mexico. Torrance is a city located in southwestern Los Angeles County, California. Los Angeles County is a county in California and is the most populous county in the United States. In the early 1900s real estate developer Jared Sidney Torrance and other investors saw the value of creating a mixed industrial-residential community south of Los Angeles. The resulting town was founded in 1911 and named after Torrance; the city of Torrance was formally incorporated in 1921. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 137,946. In 2003 the total population was 142,621. Torrance is the sixth largest city in Los Angeles County.
Torrance is located at the United States Census Bureau. The city has a total area of 53.2 square kilometers. The city has a major oil-producing region, Torrance was once dotted with thousands of oil wells and oil derricks. In fact, much of Southern California's gasoline supply is refined within a few miles of Torrance. ARCO, the Atlantic Richfield Company produces gasoline in Carson; Texaco has a refinery a bit further east in Wilmington; Unocal is in San Pedro while one of the oldest refineries in the state is the Chevron plant in El Segundo. Torrance was also an important hub and shop site of the Pacific Electric Railway.
Today, Torrance is considered to be a very desirable place to live in Los Angeles County, reflected in the ever-increasing property values and its proximity to the beach communities of Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and the upscale coastal communities of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Because of the many respected medical facilities and hospitals in the area, many physicians and professionals also choose to live in Torrance.
Torrance has primary and secondary schools, Colleges, Libraries. Two major hospitals are located within the city Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Little Company of Mary Hospital. Torrance has 24 city parks; the focal point is 44-acre Wilson Park which has extensive picnic and sports facilities, including a modern gymnasium, skatepark, and roller-hockey rink. Today, one can also learn about its history, from its earliest times and gain enthusiasm in its natural beauty and populace. Torrance enjoys a very positive reputation with worldwide travelers.

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