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Tell us what Compton means to you

  • What makes this a good place to live? What are the downsides?


yo its ight out here i mean u gonna see s--t but its not bad

— brazy ck
October 1, 2012 at 4:35 a.m.

Please Update the information regarding Compton demographics.

65% of the population in Compton is Latino/Hispanic.

7.8% Have a Bachelor's degree or higher.

The income level has stay the same.

— Joe
June 3, 2012 at 11:58 a.m.


— Luna
October 26, 2011 at 10:22 p.m.

Weeeeessssttttttttt Siiiiiddddeeee!!!!!

— Marcus
August 16, 2011 at 5:44 p.m.

Compton, Ahhhhh, the glorious. During the day, I glimpse bits of her story: mixed commercial and residential zoning, Douglas Dollarhide, demographic shifts, San Antonio Bakery, passionate grassroots efforts, Juan Jose Dominguez, political corruption, Metro Blue Line, N.W.A., THE Fashion Center.

I’m a PROUD Latina Comptonian and represent the Hub City where ever I may be. Compton is without a doubt home. I’m currently working in DC on a federal contractual project and have found myself continuously having to debunk ludicrous myths. It is difficult to describe the essence of the Compton community to an outsider. I would venture to say that we are a different breed of people. And unless you are raised there, you wouldn’t understand. We are tough, proud, competitive, and most of all family. We love to entertain with live music; it’s the epicenter of our community. Hence, if you prefer serenity during the evening hours, relocate elsewhere.

— Nancy Vega
August 10, 2011 at 1:19 p.m.

alot of crime nd gang activity

— jes
July 31, 2011 at 11:54 p.m.

My Grandaughter's big brother was hit by a car while walking in a crosswalk last Saturday June the 18th 2011. He is a smart and beautiful 13 year old. who lies in a coma. We do not yet know if he will survive. The family is large and loving and we need to know who hit our boy. If anyone has any information on this please contact the proper authorities. Thank you psalm 34:17&18

— Patti Jean
June 20, 2011 at 6:45 p.m.

I administer the Compton page on Facebook if you're interested.


— Eric Brightwell
June 1, 2011 at 10:25 a.m.

I am a Compton Native and in the 26 years that I have lived here I have experienced it all. I sit here on a regular basis wondering what the city can do to eliminate themselves out of the statistical map. This city is a Criminologist hotspot / glore. My growing concern lies on the enormous prostitution problem that is currently taking place here (Long Beach Blvd.& Bullis Road) I have seen girls as young as 14 sell themselves. I have seen them get beaten in the middle of the street but there is little that can be done as authorities turn a blind eye. This is the newest form of human trafficking and we sit here letting it take place. It is almost as if all of the people in this city slowly loose their voice and remain as the infamous statistical make up.

— C O
April 19, 2011 at 5:46 p.m.

im from chicago and i was asking is chicago as bad as compton cuz it bad out hear in chicago

— karl
April 9, 2011 at 10:46 a.m.

i used to live in compton and like anywhere else in the united states we have gangs. now all the musicians and televison media might see compton as scary its just another town with people you shouldnt mess with. nothing diffrent then anywhere else. you should come up to yakima washington its way worse then compton but yet people dont advertise it, so people think yakima is just agriculture. but its not, everything here is owned by gangs, so no matter where you go there will always be gangs.

— adrien villegas
March 3, 2011 at 8:34 a.m.

I have lived in the City of Compton for almost a year now. I bought my first house here at the age of 28, I have plenty to say about my new City, for one Its full of life and some great people. I live on a modestly quiet street, but not on the weekends OMG this place lights up every weekend. I live next to alot of latinos on this street, and the music is none stop most of the time. I did do my research before buying this home but it just came alive over night. The Sheriff Department does nothing. I wish the city would uptain its own Police Department maybe things will get done around here. I dont think this City is for the quite Americans you might want to try another Neighborhood. I havent seen any crime that much living here, just loud music. What I think that could improve this City is for one own Police Depatment, two Keeping the streets clean, Three get all the renters in these so called Apartment units the heck out of here, they care nothing about the City.

— Watson
March 2, 2011 at 9:08 p.m.

The good things about living in Compton, is the people, and the location. You are near everything---the beach, downtown LA, Long Beach, Orange County---and the majority of people are hard working people. Compton has some nice neighborhoods and other neighborhoods that are not so friendly. In lieu of the media always showing the negative of Compton, show the bright part. Although, Compton does not goes all the way to the 105 freeway, passing the 105 freeway (to Downtown LA), you see a big difference in neighborhoods. I would suggest to first come to Compton, before you label Compton. George W. Bush lived in Compton. So did William "Bill" Hanna (animator The Flinstones) and Irven "Irv" Spence ( Academy award winner).

— Jimenez
February 6, 2011 at 4:35 p.m.

Keep an eye out for Black Wallstreet

January 12, 2011 at 2:16 a.m.

i onced lived in compton.i lived on bennett st,from 1990 to 2006.i moved backed to my home state of ms. after i retired from usps. i loved living in compton most of the time.compton had some nice areas. most of the people in my area was working middle class people.iwas there when compton had its police department it was corrupt.i know the sheriff department doesn't respect the people or the neighborhood.theirs no personal relations or communication between it and the people,yet it is far better than the compton police department have remember those are your kids on the streets creating the problems in your neighborhood.its up to you to clean it have to report crime.if trash is on your streets you have to pick it up.i use to do it every day until they stop trowing it on the streets in front my house and my of my neighbors use to paint his block fence every week.if you want something done you have do it yourself.Hello Ismal and family,Rudy and family.Happy new year Compton

— charles brown
December 31, 2010 at 5:56 p.m.

I've passed threw here before and I wouldn't walk down the street alone at night without an AK. Haven't you guys seen boys n the hood, It's all real! only like 10% get out of the ghetto. If your intrested in pursuing a career as a druglord/gang member then this is the PERFECT city for you :)

— Anonymous
November 28, 2010 at 8:30 p.m.

I really like this city been living in this town since 1988 bless to live in this neighborhood by the way my kids go Burch elementry which happens to be a state distinguise school. the down side is our city council we pay some of the highest city taxes and sometimes I wonder where the money really goes. every time our council people are ask they give you the round around I wonder if we have another BELL in our hands ?

— jorge
November 20, 2010 at 12:14 a.m.

This city needs new leadership. The public officials swear they want the best for the City and view it as a "business". We are just numbers to them. They have said it themselves.

— Guzman
November 8, 2010 at 4:19 p.m.

Just look at the Crime page.

— James Smith
November 7, 2010 at 5:42 a.m.

The comments make interesting reading. Unfortunately, I feel sad every time I think of Compton after watching several documentaries in the early 90s, including interviews with the local law enforcement which pretty much highlighted elements of truth in John Singleton's movie Boyz In The Hood and the Hughes Bros Menace II Society. Foreigners such as myself (from England) will always view Compton in that light and wouldn't move their if free housing was on offer.

— James Smith, London, UK.
November 7, 2010 at 2:13 a.m.

I love compton

police don't mes with me and work is close about 10 minutes ,how cool is that :). The people make the city

— Juan
October 16, 2010 at 5:56 p.m.

I've lived in Compton since my family arrived in the States 25 years ago, in the same house my grandmother lived in since the 1950's. I heard there used to be more White people who lived in Compton then. In my street alone, I've witnessed the gradual demographic change of my neighborhood over the years, from mostly Blacks to all Latinos.

The good thing about living in Compton is that city officials are not as strict as in nearby cities. One can put a fence or paint their house without having to ask for approval.

On the other hand, this freedom from city government interference also has its downside, because there are so many obvious and unabated illegal room additions or garages converted to living quarters in Compton. A house meant to be a single-family residence is now a multi-family dwelling, so the residential streets have become crowded personal parking spaces. It's really bad on weekends. I wish the City would do something about this, but it keeps a blind eye to this blight problem. Really ruins the neighborhood.

My other major gripe with Compton are the abandoned dogs roaming the streets. Not a month goes by when I don't see a dog looking lost, obviously dumped by some heartless monster, or dead in the middle of Wilmington Ave. I wish these "people" would have the human decency to drop them off at the nearby pound or shelter.

But other than these, I've been pretty satisfied living in the CPT. Now I see some brave folks walking the streets, and I sense it's definitely gotten better compared to when I first got here. It still has a long way to go. I think the City needs to put more street lights -- I notice a lot of streets are very dim -- to discourage crime. Anyway, I often wonder why some people go all the way to Lancaster or Riverside to buy cheap homes, especially if one does not have any children to send to school, when Compton is here without the long commute.

Lastly, I just want to say that the City bringing back its own police force is such an obvious ploy to reinstate Mayor Perrodin's old cronies. This is a huge mistake and I pray God and Jesus will enlighten the city officials to this huge mistake.

— Mary
October 1, 2010 at 10:45 p.m.

I just moved to this city. It's an OK place to live. Housing is cheap, but it still not bringing in families fast enough. The only way to really clean this city up is by getting rid of all the individuals that just roam around the streets. The city needs their own police department. Compton will continue to have a high crime rate until it has it's own police department to enforce all the laws. The Sheriff's Department is not doing a good job in PREVENTING crime. From the whole entire year I have been there, I have only seen them drive around about 10 times. Other than that, I have only seen them in my block when there has already been a crime reported.

— Albert
September 30, 2010 at 9:42 a.m.

Compton, the "hub city," for some a horrible place, and for other a wonderful city with great opportunities. It all depend who you are . If you are affiliated with gangs, and drugs, this is a city that would make sweat every time you walk outside. If you are a working class or middle-class folk living in a nice neighborhoods, the odds that you would live a normal life are high.NOTE: There are bad neighborhoods, including nice, safe neighborhoods in Compton. As others have stated, it would take time for the city of Compton and area to become a decent city, but it would be get there. It is near everything. Take the blue line, 30 mins to Downtown LA, and 20 mins to Downtown Long Beach. It is near the beach, freeways, a major university, and the OC. I LOVE COMPTON.

— Jose
September 12, 2010 at 5:32 p.m.

There's a lot of nice neighborhoods here in Compton but not so far from where the rough ones are. Compton has a bad rep because it's been claimed by gangsta rap in many songs but it's really not as tough; if you're a gang member of course you're going to live in a life of paranoia anywhere you go.

Overall, I wouldn't recommend this city to raise a family. It's going to take a long time before Compton becomes somewhat a decent city.

— Robert
September 4, 2010 at 5:52 p.m.

I love my community. Born and raised in Compton. The teachers were excellent at Centennial.

— Kasaundra
August 17, 2010 at 3:59 p.m.

Love my family oriented neighborhood. In the middle of everything and not far from anything. Diamond in the rough. Close to all freeway exchanges it only take a few minutes to get to areas of Los Angeles, Long Beach or even Orange County.

— karen
June 16, 2010 at 12:19 a.m.


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