General Law city
Incorporated: January 28, 1960
City Hall: 2535 Commerce Way, City of Commerce, California 90040
City Telephone: (323) 722-4805
Population (2010 Census): 12,823 (2000 Census: 12,568; 1990 Census: 12,141). For latest State Population Estimates, click here.
Population Density (2010 Census): 1,961.6 persons per square mile
Population Age 65+ (2010 Census): 10.7% (2000 Census: 10.2%; 1990 Census: 9.7%)
Population Under Age 18 (2010 Census): 29.8% (2000 Census: 33.8%; 1990 Census: 33.0%)
Land Area: 6.54 square miles (16.93 square kilometers)
Water Area: 0.00 square miles (0.00 square kilometers)
The location first served as a main stopover along the El Camino Real (Spanish for Royal Highway) then, later, as a railroad center. Business leaders and residents later agreed to focus the city on the development of commerce and so named the city. The city was also among those central Los Angeles County communities derisive nicknamed Billy Goat Acres due to an influx of down-and-out Depression era Midwest farmers.
City in red below. Click on map for more detailed color map of county.