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Great Oil Fields of Los Angeles County

Listed in Order by Cumulative Production

Oil Field Year Discovered Cumulative Production (bbl1) Through 2016 2016 Production (bbl1) 2016 Active Wells
Wilmington 1932 906,822,040 11,608,253 2,627 (1,725 off-shore)
Inglewood 1948 113,254,905 1,919,512 668
Long Beach 1921 80,577,015 1,324,730 396
Brea-Olinda 2 1880 69,545,748 1,019,230 519 (7 in LA County)
Beverly Hills 1900 67,711,875 516,369 117
Torrance 1922 41,172,445 313,603 171
Placerita 1920 32,744,942 551,187 229
Santa Fe Springs 1919 32,226,624 878,183 195
Seal Beach 2 1924 27,278,932 367,446 151 (78 in LA County)
Las Cienegas 1961 24,503,779 208,996 70
Montebello 1917 23,208,029 378,417 187
San Vicente 1968 17,524,601 198,366 36
Dominguez 1923 13,499,175 35,271 3
Aliso Canyon 1938 12,973,416 112,990 140
Whittier 1896 10,635,681 65,438 31
Oil Field Year Discovered Cumulative Production (bbl1) Through 2016 2016 Production (bbl1) 2016 Active Wells
Sawtelle 1965 9,809,001 172,376 14
Newhall-Potrero 1937 8,518,075 68,446 38
Rosecrans 1927 8,368,350 125,184 63
Los Angeles Downtown 1965 5,910,612 30,645 16
Honor Rancho 1950 5,694,494 40,635 51
Sansinena 1898 5,694,494 131,923 102
Salt Lake, South 1970 5,589,497 12,151 12
Cascade 1954 4,882,278 120,674 20
Salt Lake 1902 4,576,347 43,059 12
Cheviot Hills 1958 4,063,830 36,620 14
Oak Canyon 1945 3,990,418 17,241 11
Hasley Canyon 1944 3,879,635 22,323 14
Del Valle 1940 3,581,936 22,925 33
Ramona 3 1943 3,565,596 32,328 87 (33 in LA County)
Oat Mountain 1946 3,021,723 69,848 10
Oil Field Year Discovered Cumulative Production (bbl1) Through 2016 2016 Production (bbl1) 2016 Active Wells
Wayside Canyon 1962 1,453,279 6,808 9
Playa Del Rey 1929 1,450,611 36,685 46
Los Angeles, East 1946 1,392,188 6,161 7
Los Angeles City 1890 1,222,257 8,389 5
El Segundo 1935 1,178,783 19,055 5
Tapia 1957 1,012,407 13,805 28
Long Beach Airport 1954 991,762 9,164 4
Bandini 1953 920,568 4,453 6
Rosecrans, South 1939 912,934 8,497 5
Howard Townsite 1947 909,249 3,738 3
Castaic Hills 1951 779,964 5,895 12
Walnut 1948 418,166 4,097 5
Hyperion 1944 398,324 9,466 1
Newhall 1876 350,249 0 6

(1) bbl - barrels of oil (42-gallons each)
(2) Stradles Los Angeles and Orange Counties
(3) Stradles Los Angeles and Ventura Counties

Source: California Dept. of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources


Edward Doheny dug the first oil well in Los Angeles in 1892. It came to be part of what became known as the Los Angeles City Oil Field.


The Wilmington Oil Field is ranked among California's 10 largest most productive oil fields and ranks among the top 20 most productive oil fields in the nation.