Compton, California

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Compton is a city in southern Los Angeles County, California, United States,[2] southeast of downtown Los Angeles. The city of Compton is one of the oldest cities in the county and in 1889 was the eighth city to incorporate.[3] It is often considered part of the south side by residents of Los Angeles.[4] As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 93,493.[5] It is known as the "Hub City."[3] Neighborhoods in Compton include: Sunny Cove, Leland, Downtown Compton, and the Richland Farms.



In 1784, the Spanish Crown deeded a tract of over 75,000 acres (304 km²) to Juan Jose Dominguez in this area. The tract was named Rancho San Pedro. Dominguez's name was later applied to the Dominguez Hills community south of Compton. The tree that marked the original northern boundary of the rancho still stands at the corner of Poppy and Short streets. The rancho was sub-divided and parcels were sold within the Californios of Alta California until the lands were ceded after the Mexican-American war in 1848. American immigrants acquired most of the rancho lands after 1848.

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