CARSON

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ABOUT THE CITY

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Overview

Part of a Spanish land grant known as Rancho San Pedro deeded to Juan Jose Dominguez over 200 years ago, the City of Carson was incorporated on February 20, 1968, and adopted the motto of “Future Unlimited”.

A strategic location and vacant land added to the unbridled optimism for this new City.

Located in the South Bay of Los Angeles County, Carson has grown from a population of 61,000 in 1968 to over 93,000 in 2016. Over the years, three annexations have increased the city’s size to significance. In FY 1997/1998, Carson’s assessed valuation grew by the greatest percentage of any city in the county, with an assessed valuation of $7.3 billion. Since then, the assessed valuation on secured and unsecured properties has grown to over $10 billion.

While Carson is well known as an industrial center with unparalleled access to transportation and the Pacific Rim, it is also a culturally diverse community that makes it an attractive place to live and work. The City has more than 120 acres of parkland divided into 12 parks, 2 mini-parks and sports/recreational facilities, including 3 swimming pools, a boxing center, a state-of-the-art sports complex and the Carson Community Center. These facilities allow the residents of Carson to enjoy a variety of sports, recreational and cultural programs. The city’s educational needs are served by the Los Angeles Unified School District and the community has 47 religious organizations.

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At-a-Glance

  • 93,653
    Population (2016)
  • 48,470
    Labor Force
  • $73,812
    Median Household Income
  • 6.60%
    Unemployment Rate (2016)

Key Figures

93,653
Population (2016)
$421,600
Median Home Value (2016)
25,432
Households

BUSINESS INCENTIVES

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Low business license rates, low utility tax and no gross receipts tax.

  • Low Utility Tax. Savings up to 10% in the region.
  • No Local Property Tax. Savings up to 1/2% in the region.
  • Accessible, Cooperative, Business-Friendly Local Government.
  • Large Development Sites Available.
  • Highly Competitive Land Prices & Lease Rates for Commercial, Industrial and Office Space.
  • Affordable Quality Housing.
  • Job Training Services. Recruitment, Applicant Screenings & Specialized Training.
  • Carson has the lowest development and planning fees of the South Bay
  • Carson Has the second lowest business license fees of the South Bay
  • Business Assistance Programs
  • Site Selection Assistance
  • Workforce Development programs (SBWIB)
  • Marketing
  • Referrals
  • Opening a business

Related Links:

City of Carson Commercial Improvement Program
Business Incentives Guide

The major employers in the City include:


Alcoa
Alcoa is a major employer
  1. Tesoro
  2. California State University, Domingez Hills
  3. Yusen Logistics
  4. Prime Wheel Corporation
  5. Lakeshore Learning Materials
  6. Cedarlane Natural Foods, Inc.
  7. Pepsi Bottling Group
  8. Pacific Bell
  9. Select Staffing
  10. Alcoa Fastening Systems
  11. Sees Candy Shops, Inc
  12. Mag Aerospace Industries
  13. Xerox Education Services Inc.

CITY OF CARSON: AT A GLANCE

Watson Industrial Area
Watson Industrial Area
  • Incorporated: 1968
  • Population: 93,653
  • Government: Mayor-City Council- City Manager
  • Size: 19.2 Square Miles
  • Median Age: 38.92
  • Median-home value: $421,600
  • Median Household Income: $73,812

CARSON BY THE NUMBERS:

  • Parks: 12 staffed parks, several mini parks
  • Sherriff/ Police Stations: 1
  • Community Centers: 1, plus conference facilities
  • Libraries: 2
  • Golf Courses: 1

NEW AND UPCOMING DEVELOPMENTS

  • Potential NFL Stadium
  • Shell Refinery
  • Tesoro Refinery interconnect
  • Carson Street Master Plan

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