Redondo Beach, California

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The city's unusually shaped pier
Redondo Beach is a city located in Los Angeles County, California. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 63,261.

The city is located in the South Bay region of the greater Los Angeles area and is one of the three Beach Cities.

The city's primary attraction is its Municipal Pier, which is claimed to be one of the longest piers in North America. It is nicknamed the "Endless Pier" and is moderately popular with both tourists and fishermen. However, the pier's length is possible only because of its unusual shape (it does not go straight out to sea, but goes out diagonally and then returns back to shore). The Redondo Beach Pier started as a reinforced concrete structure in 1914, then was replaced in 1928 with a timber pier. In 1988, the pier was severely battered by storms and later that year burned to the waterline (the fire was so large that a SigAlert was announced for the San Diego Freeway several miles away). The pier's modern reinforced concrete version was completed in 1996.

According to the local newspaper, the Daily Breeze, the pier area used to be heavily crowded with tourists and locals during the 1970s. It began to decline after the nearby Seaport Village project failed and went into bankruptcy in 1982, and went into free fall when the pier burned down in 1988. Subsequent attempts to resuscitate the area's former popularity have been hindered by the need to comply with California Coastal Conservancy regulations, and the concurrent success of redevelopment projects in the two other Beach Cities, Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach, and also in the nearby city of Torrance.

The city's territory has an unusual shape because it controls a long block of land dividing the two other beach cities (Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach) from the inland city of Torrance. This is why Redondo Beach is the western terminus of the Metro Rail Green Line even though at first glance it appears on a map to be far from Interstate 105 (the Green Line's route).

Geography

Redondo Beach is located at 33°51'23" North, 118°22'37" West (33.856514, -118.377081)Template:GR.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 16.7 km² (6.4 mi²). 16.3 km² (6.3 mi²) of it is land and 0.4 km² (0.1 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 2.18% water.

Demographics

As of the censusTemplate:GR of 2000, there are 63,261 people, 28,566 households, and 15,254 families residing in the city. The population density is 3,889.4/km² (10,065.4/mi²). There are 29,543 housing units at an average density of 1,816.3/km² (4,700.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 78.62% White, 2.52% African American, 0.47% Native American, 9.10% Asian, 0.35% Pacific Islander, 4.37% from other races, and 4.58% from two or more races. 13.47% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 28,566 households out of which 23.3% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.6% are married couples living together, 9.0% have a female householder with no husband present, and 46.6% are non-families. 33.1% of all households are made up of individuals and 5.9% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.21 and the average family size is 2.87.

In the city the population is spread out with 18.8% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 43.1% from 25 to 44, 23.6% from 45 to 64, and 8.5% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 37 years. For every 100 females there are 101.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 99.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $69,173, and the median income for a family is $80,543. Males have a median income of $56,796 versus $45,204 for females. The per capita income for the city is $38,305. 5.9% of the population and 4.0% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 6.2% of those under the age of 18 and 6.1% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

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