Get to know Compton, CA

The City of Compton is known as the “Hub City.”  The area had been ranches prior to American immigrants acquiring the land after the end of the Mexican-American War in 1848.  In 1867 Griffith Dickenson Compton led 30 pioneers to the area in an attempt to find a living outside the gold fields.  Despite the harsh weather, the party stayed in the area, and in 1888 it became the eighth city to incorporate in California.  It was an agricultural community early, and attracted African Americans in the mid-2oth century who could work the land to raise families.  It became a popular suburb for middle and upper-class African Americans in the 1960’s.  However the 1965 Watts Riot marked rising violence in Compton, and many middle class residents began to move to other Los Angeles suburbs.  Out migration increased again following the 1992 riots.  Recent years have seen an decrease in violence and gang activity.  Compton is home to Kroger subsidiaries Ralphs and Food 4 Less, as well as Gelson’s Market.  The city is known as the home of many rap artists, including Dr. Dre and Kendrick Lamar.

Quick Facts

Population: 97,955

Median Household Income: $43,507

Median Property Value: $243,500

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