1921 marked the first drilling for oil at Dominguez Hill, on the northwest side of the Dominguez Rancho, site of the famous battle during the Mexican American war of 1846. Oil led to an increase in jobs in the community and a subsequent post-war population surge. Carson is bordered by Rancho Dominguez on the northeast, Compton on the Northeast, Long Beach on the south and Harbor Gateway on the west.
Carson experiences a warm-summer Mediterranean climate similar to that of the Los Angeles Basin with noticeably cooler temperatures during the summer due to the nearby Pacific Ocean. Carson is the site of California State University, Dominguez Hills. CSUDH is a major commuter school, particularly for students from surrounding cities of Long Beach, Gardena and Torrance.
Carson is also the home of Stub Hub Center, a sports complex used by the Los Angeles Galaxy soccer team. The center will be the temporary home of the Los Angeles Chargers of the NFL while they await the completion of their stadium in nearby Inglewood.
The city is well located and served by several freeways which make commuting anywhere in Southern California easy. The South Bay Pavilion, a major mall, offers numerous shops and restaurants including most of the major retailers. Homes in Carson are moderately priced and range from small post war homes built to accommodate the oil field workers of post WWII, split-level tract homes built in the 1970's and large homes and townhomes in upscale gated communities offering modern amenities and community pools.
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