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Welcome to Compton ...

The city of Compton is located in Los Angeles County<1>.

While we don't have a date for the founding of Compton, you might consider that their post office opened  in 1869.

The city was incorporated May 11, 1888.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Compton has a population of 95,000 people<2> (see below for details).

Compton is 60 feet [18 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Compton lies in the Pacific Time Zone (PST/PDT) and observes daylight saving time

Area codes for Compton: (310) and (424)<4>

The ZIP codes for Compton: 90220-90224<5>

Websites for Compton ...

Official Website:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Compton had an population of 95,000 people. This is a decrease of 1.51% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 1.61% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Compton had a population of 96,455 people. This makes Compton the county's 16th most populous community.

The population of Compton represents 0.26% of the total population of California (which has 37,253,956 people), making it the state's 71st most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 96,455 people, the population of Compton increased 3.17% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 93,493 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Compton.

Communities Also Named Compton ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 20 communities that are also named Compton - they are located in Alabama, Arkansas (2), Georgia (2), Illinois, Maryland (2), Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania (2), Quebec, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Compton.

Communities near Compton ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Compton.

  • Los Angeles
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the north)
  • Long Beach
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the south)
  • Anaheim
    (18 miles [29 km] to the east)
  • Glendale
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the north)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Glendale
    • Glendale is located in Los Angeles County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 197,747 people
    • Former name for Glendale:
    • Tropico
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Glendale <6>
  • Garden Grove
    (18 miles [29 km] to the southeast)
  • Torrance
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the southwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Torrance
    • Torrance is located in Los Angeles County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 141,553 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Torrance <6>
  • Pasadena
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the north)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pasadena
    • Pasadena is located in Los Angeles County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 141,045 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pasadena <6>
  • Fullerton
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the east)
  • El Monte
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the northeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for El Monte
    • El Monte is located in Los Angeles County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 112,344 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for El Monte <6>
  • Inglewood
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the northwest)

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Compton. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Compton.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Compton. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Compton.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Compton. Our list includes 35 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Compton.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Compton ...

Looking for more information about Compton? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Compton, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Compton.

Adding Compton to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Compton in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Compton was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<7>

From that list, the Compton post office opened in 1869.

We also found Compton in the book titled List of Post Offices in the United States (1870).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Compton.

The official website for Compton:

The official website for Los Angeles County:

The official website for State of California:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of California's counties, including Los Angeles, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Compton.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Compton - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>Area code (424) is an overlay for area code (310).
<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Compton). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Compton or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Compton includes: 90220, 90221, 90222, 90223 & 90224.
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<7>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:


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