Compton is a great place to live, work, and raise a family. Compton greeted the 21st century as a multiracial, multicultural community of nearly 100,000 residents. Known as the “Hub City” because of its unique position in almost the exact geographical center of Los Angeles County, the City of Compton is also one of the oldest cities in the county.
Compton’s easy accessibility to and from five freeways and the affordability of its housing (median home price was $407,000 in December 2006) has drawn additional residents and sparked the interest of developers. In the first few years of the century, developers constructed over 100 new homes and built a new Rite Aide, Wells Fargo Bank, two Starbucks, and a number of retail/commercial centers. The burgeoning student population required the Compton Unified School District to construct William F. Jefferson Elementary School, the first new school in the district in 35 years.