Demographics

Date of Incorporation: May 14, 1888
Compton was the 7th City to be incorporated in Los Angeles County. The original town was comprised of 2,250 acres.

Elevation: 60-75 Feet Above Sea Level
Geographic Area: 10.2 square miles (6,514 acres) General Plan Update December 3, 1991

United States Census Data
Year Population Size
2000 93,493
1990 90,454
1980 81,286
1970 78,611
1960 71,816
1950 47,991
1940 16,198
1930 12,516
1920 1,478
1910 992
State Department of Finance Estimates
Year Population Size
2002* 95,926
2001* 94,579
2000 95,381
1999 96,847
1998 95,452
1997 94,487
1996 93,268
1995 91,128
1994 91,609
1993 91,413
1992 91,700
1991 90,900
1990 93,352
1989 93,007
1988 93,070
1987 92,799
1986 90,258
1985 88,239
1984 87,045
1983 85,705
1982 84,581
1981 83,601
1980 81,877
1979 78,913
1978 74,860
1977 75,000
1976 73,600
1975 73,800
1974 75,000
1973 76,200
1972 77,000
1971 77,900
1970 78,547
*The population figures for 2000 and 2001 includes a readjustment by the State Department of Finance using the 2000 United States decennial census as the benchmark for the estimates.
Race
Year Black Hispanic White Pacific Islander Other Total
2000 37,263 53,143 954 953 1,180 83,493
1990 48,570 38,316 1,613 1,186 751 90,454
Land Usage
Residential Acres Percent
Low Density (0-8 du/acre) 2,417 37%
Medium Density (8.1-17 du/acre) 155 2%
High Density (17.1-34 du/acre) 61 0.1%
Subtotal 2,633 39%
Commercial Acres Percent
General 362 6%
Office 11 0.1%
Subtotal 373 7%
Other Acres Percent
Industrial 1,165 18%
Public/Quasi Public/td> 707 11%
Open Space 95 1%
Vacant 195 3%
Transportation 1,346 21%
Subtotal 3,508 54%
Total 6,514 100%