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Compton is a city in southern Los Angeles County, California, United States situated south of downtown Los Angeles. Compton is one of the oldest cities in the county and on May 11, 1888, was the eighth city to incorporate. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city had a total population of 96,455. It is known as the “Hub City” due to its geographic centrality in Los Angeles County. Neighborhoods in Compton include Sunny Cove, Leland, Downtown Compton, and Richland Farms. The city is generally a working class city with some middle-class neighborhoods, and is home to a relatively young community, at an average 25 years of age, compared to the American median age of 35 (2010 data).


The 2010 United States Census reported that Compton had a population of 96,455. The population density was 9,534.3 people per square mile (3,681.2/km²). The racial makeup of Compton was 31,688 (32.9%) Black, 24,942 (25.9%) White (0.8% Non-Hispanic White), 655 (0.7%) Native American, 292 (0.3%) Asian, 718 (0.7%) Pacific Islander, 34,914 (36.2%) from other races, and 3,246 (3.4%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 62,669 persons (65.0%).

The Census reported that 95,700 people (99.2% of the population) lived in households, 643 (0.7%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 112 (0.1%) were institutionalized.

There were 23,062 households, out of which 13,376 (58.0%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 10,536 (45.7%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 6,373 (27.6%) had a female householder with no husband present, 2,354 (10.2%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 1,725 (7.5%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 158 (0.7%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 2,979 households (12.9%) were made up of individuals and 1,224 (5.3%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 4.15. There were 19,263 families (83.5% of all households); the average family size was 4.41.

The age distribution of the population was as follows: 31,945 people (33.1%) under the age of 18, 11,901 people (12.3%) aged 18 to 24, 26,573 people (27.5%) aged 25 to 44, 18,838 people (19.5%) aged 45 to 64, and 7,198 people (7.5%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28.0 years. For every 100 females there were 94.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.7 males.

There were 24,523 housing units at an average density of 2,424.0 per square mile (935.9/km²), of which 12,726 (55.2%) were owner-occupied, and 10,336 (44.8%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 2.9%; the rental vacancy rate was 5.9%. 53,525 people (55.5% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 42,175 people (43.7%) lived in rental housing units.

During 2009–2013, Compton has a median household income of $42,953, with 26.3% of the population living below the federal poverty line.

Compton has a growing Pacific Islander, Filipino, and Vietnamese community. West Compton and unincorporated Willowbrook have more middle class blacks than the central city (west of Alameda St.) and unincorporated East Compton, the latter of which has a higher number of Hispanics and working-class blacks. Lower-income subsections on Compton Boulevard have many businesses owned by Latinos.

Although Compton was formerly thought of as a primarily black community, this has greatly changed over the years and now Latinos are the largest ethnic group in the city.  With the influx of immigrants (non-citizens who can not vote) and the demographic shift in ethnic population, it was after the 2000 U.S. Census that Latinos were recognized as the majority. So as long as Blacks continue to vote they will continue to dominate local politics, holding most elected positions in the city.


Compton was recently designated as an “Entrepreneurial Hot Spot” by Cognetics, Inc., an independent economic research firm. Compton made the national list for best places to start and grow a business, and ranked #2 in Los Angeles County out of a field of 88 cities. The city’s Planning and Economic Development department provides a business assistance program consisting of a comprehensive mix of resources to small business owners and entrepreneurs. The grocery chains Ralphs and Food 4 Less, subsidiaries of Kroger, are headquartered in Compton. Gelson’s Market, a subsidiary of Arden Group, Inc., a holding company, is also based there.

Compton is surrounded by multiple freeways which provide access to destinations throughout the region. The Long Beach and Los Angeles Ports are less than 20 minutes from downtown Compton, providing access to international destinations for customers and suppliers. The Alameda Corridor, a passageway for 25% of all U.S. waterborne international trade, runs directly through Compton from north to south

Gateway Towne Center Shopping Destination

The Gateway Towne Center is a retail center and represents a new trend in investing in inner cities. Phase one of the mega-shopping center included several big box retailers, several restaurants, banks, supply stores and fitness centers.




The Major League Baseball Urban Youth Baseball Academy

Encompassing 10 acres (40,000 m2) on the campus of Compton Community College, the MLB Urban Youth Baseball Academy features state-of-the-art facilities including a show field; complete with scoreboard, a grandstand that seats nearly 200 fans, dugouts and lights; as well as an auxiliary field; softball field; youth field; and a 12,000-square-foot (1,100 m2) clubhouse consisting of a weight room, locker room, and other training facilities. The complex also features batting cages and pitching mounds.

The Academy operates on a year-round basis under the leadership of former Anaheim Angel Darrell Miller. An after-school program, week-long clinics accommodating approximately 200 youth per day is held, as well as month-long clinics. Over the course of the first year of operation, the Academy expects to offer the free program to a minimum of 2,500 youth.

Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum

Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum is a non-traditional compilation of a living interactive museum, after-school programs, gang intervention programs and flight school.  Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum is a grassroots nonprofit bringing aviation history to life and empowering the dreams of youth to take flight in South Los Angeles with its HQ in Compton.

Robin Petgrave Cheif Pilot & President of Celebrity Helicopters was also the Founder of Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum

Born to fly, Jamaican native, American raised Robin Petgrave has accumulated over 10,000 hours of flight experience gracing the skills conducting helicopter tours, charters, flight training, ferrying helicopters, and entertainment industry production work. A director and producer’s dream, Robin’s deft flying skills, uncanny sense of production timing, and a photographic eye for “the money shot”, gets better results than originally planned, saves on aerial sequence production costs, and makes the production crew and talent look great. Robin wowed a skeptical movie crew by landing a helicopter where no one thought possible-not once but eight times in Dr. Dre’s backyard during a movie shoot. He is impulsive, free-spirited, and a big kid at heart. And he can fly the hell out of almost anything. One of the only, if not the only African American helicopter pilots flying film, television, music video, and commercial production jobs in the entertainment industry, Petgrave (he prefers to be referred to as Robin) is steadily breaking down the diversity barriers.

So what is Robin up to when he’s not flying stuntmen around? Keeping an eye on his reinvention of the helicopter tour industry and mentoring economically deprived future aviators between the ages of 8-21. As a way of giving back, Robin donates most of the profits from Celebrity Helicopters to Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum (T.A.M), one of the only interactive aviation museums in the United States that offers hands-on involvement with its static displays, virtual reality aircraft simulators, and youth programs.

Published on Nov 14, 2014 – Robin Petgrave lands a helicopter on the playground at Benjamin O Davis Middle School to highlight the launching of the STEM Aerospace Academy featuring Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum’s curriculum, Barrington Irving’s Flying Classroom, and Project Lead The Way. On board was school officials and Tuskegee Airmen Levi Thornhill.


Compton’s violent reputation reached the national spotlight in the late 1980s with the prominent rise of local gangsta rap groups Compton’s Most Wanted and especially N.W.A, who released the famous album Straight Outta Compton in 1988. The city became notorious for gang violence, primarily caused by the Bloods and Crips,[26] but they are currently in a truce.[27] In 2013, the homicide rate was 36.8, a decrease from the 1990s peak.  In 2015 there was a record low of 15 homicides while the homicide rate in the rest of the US increased.