El Segundo is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. Take a look below for 20 fascinating and awesome facts about El Segundo, California, United States.
1. Located on Santa Monica Bay, it was incorporated on January 18, 1917, and is part of the South Bay Cities Council of Governments.
2. The population was 16,731 at the 2020 census, a .5% increase from 16,654 at the 2010 census.
3. The El Segundo and Los Angeles coastal area was first settled by the Tongva (or Gabrieleños) Native American tribes thousands of years ago.
4. The area was once a part of Rancho Sausal Redondo (“Round Willow Patch Ranch”).
5. Rancho Sausal Redondo extended from Playa Del Rey in the north to Redondo Beach in the south.
6. Originally a Mexican land grant owned by Antonio Ygnacio Avila, the rancho was later purchased by a Scottish baronet named Sir Robert Burnett.
7. After his return to Scotland, the property was purchased by then-manager of the rancho, Daniel Freeman.
8. Daniel Freeman sold portions of the rancho to several persons. George H. Peck owned the 840 acres (340 ha) of land where the Chevron Refinery now sits.
9. Peck also developed land in neighboring El Porto, where a street still bears his name. The city earned its name (“the second” in Spanish), as it was the site of the second Standard Oil refinery on the West Coast (the first was at Richmond in Northern California), when Standard Oil of California purchased the farm land in 1911.
10. The city was incorporated in 1917. The Standard Oil Company was renamed Chevron in 1984.
11. The El Segundo refinery entered its second century of operation in 2011.
12. The Douglas Aircraft Company plant in El Segundo was one of the major aircraft manufacturing facilities in California during World War II.
13. It was one of the major producers of SBD Dauntless dive bombers, which achieved fame in the Battle of Midway.
14. The facility, now operated by Northrop Grumman, is still an aircraft plant.
15. The northern and southern boundaries of the town are Los Angeles International Airport and Manhattan Beach, with the Pacific Ocean as the western boundary. Its eastern boundary is roughly marked by Aviation Blvd.
16. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.5 square miles (14 km2), over 99% of which is land.
17. Guinness World Records has listed El Segundo as having the most roads with a hill or grade.
18. A Tribe Called Quest’s single “I Left My Wallet In El Segundo” revolves around a stop through the town on the way back to Brooklyn.
19. El Segundo is occasionally referenced by Fred G. Sanford in the TV series Sanford and Son.
20. Although filmed in British Columbia, the music video for the song “First Date”, by pop-punk band Blink-182, takes place in El Segundo in 1974.