Torrance covers roughly 21 square miles (12,312 acres) and is situated in south western Los Angeles County, bounded by the Pacific Ocean on the west. Torrance has 1.5 miles of lifeguard-patrolled beach, bath-house facilities and public parking. It also has 550 miles of sidewalks. Incorporated in 1921, the population of Torrance is 146,860 with a peak daytime population that grows to 250,000 or more. Torrance is the eighth largest city in Los Angeles County and the 33rd largest city in California. Like all of the South Bay, Torrance enjoys a pleasant year-round climate with warm temperatures, sea breezes, low humidity and an average rainfall of 12.55 inches per year. The City has 90,000 street trees.The City of Torrance has a Class 1 rated Fire Department with 159 sworn fire employees and six fire stations. The Police Department includes 241 sworn police employees, one main police station, one police substation and three police community centers.Torrance is proud to serve the community with a robust Public Library system that includes six libraries. The City also has 46 Park and Recreation facilities, offering a range of activities and amenities. It has a wonderful aquatics program that now features 2 50 meter community pools.
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