Lomita is a city in Los Angeles County, California-United States with a population of 20,256 at the recent census which involves white (43.4% Non-Hispanic White), 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 word “Lomita” is Spanish for “little knoll.” 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. It established a sister city relationship with Takaishi, Osaka, Japan in 1981.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.9 square miles (approx. 4.9 km2), all of which is land. It originally spanned 7 square miles (approx. 18 km2). However, much of it were annexed by neighboring cities like “Lomita Fields,” now Zamperini Field (the Torrance Municipal Airport). It has a semi-arid climate and the Railroad Museum which offers a beautiful, secluded and secure park setting that makes celebration memorable. It was opened in 1966, devoted to the steam engine period of Railroading which was the first of its kind in 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. The Irene Lewis Annex Park which is part of the Lomita Railroad Museum complex is a perfect place to be.
The median income for a household in the city is relatively high including that of family (male and female) and the population living below the poverty line is relatively low.
Fire protection in Lomita is provided by the Los Angeles County Fire Department with ambulance transport by McCormack Ambulance and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) operates the Lomita Station in Lomita.
In the California State Legislature, Lomita is in the 26th Senate District and the 66th Assembly District respectively while in the United States House of Representatives, Lomita is in California’s 43rd congressional district. The United States Postal Service Lomita Post Office is located at Narbonne Avenue.
The cost of living is higher than that of U.S. and the unemployment rate in Lomita is 7.60 percent (U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent, job growth is positive and it has increased by 2.50 percent.