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About El Segundo

El Segundo is a small but vibrant city near Los Angeles and the Pacific Coast. Its strong aerospace industry, high-end housing and proximity to many amenities and attractions make it a highly desirable place to live. This coastal city has its own beach, several parks and athletic fields and plenty of outdoor spaces to enjoy the sunny California weather the area is known for.

The History of El Segundo

El Segundo's roots date back thousands of years. The first settlers in the area were the Tongva and Chumash Native American tribes. Later, the land that's now El Segundo was adopted as part of the Rancho Sausal Redondo, eventually purchased by a Scottish baronet, Sir Robert Burnett. The land continued to change hands several times over, slowly developing as a center for agriculture.

El Segundo began to develop as an industrial powerhouse with the construction of its first refinery in the early 20th century. By 1917, the city earned its official incorporation and continued to evolve. The arrival of the railroad and the development of adjacent Los Angeles International Airport spurred additional growth in El Segundo throughout the 20th century.

Jobs in El Segundo

As the world's aerospace capital and home to fledgling startups and major corporations alike, El Segundo is no stranger to business. The city's largest employers include aerospace and defense companies Boeing, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman and Millennium Space Systems. Toy-maker Mattel, media companies Internet Brands and Active Interest Media and communications companies Time Warner Cable and DirecTV also make their home in El Segundo. If you're considering a tech job, you can find positions at Hewlett-Packard, Oracle, Xerox and General Dynamics.

In El Segundo's metropolitan area, the largest industries include aerospace, education and health services, trade, transportation and government. If you're planning to search for a job in the city, it's helpful to know that the fastest-growing industries are leisure and hospitality, education and health services.

El Segundo Schools

The El Segundo Unified School District manages the public elementary, middle and high schools in the city. The district also has a preschool, adult learning center and virtual high school. When it comes to private schools in El Segundo, options are somewhat limited. However, campuses like Vistamar School do offer an alternative to public education within city limits.

Resources for Moving to El Segundo

Here are a few quick resources that can help you plan your move to El Segundo:

  • Utilities: Southern California Edison and The Gas are the city's main energy providers. The city of El Segundo manages water and sewer services.
  • Garbage and Recycling: The city facilitates regular collection of trash and recyclables. You can drop off yard waste at the local waste disposal facility year-round, and seasonal curbside collection is provided during designated weeks in the fall and spring.
  • Transportation: If you're planning to use a personal vehicle to get around town, you'll find that access to major freeways makes driving very convenient. If you prefer public transit, light rail and bus routes connect most of the city.
  • Parks and Recreation: As an El Segundo resident, you'll have access to many programs, special activities and facilities provided by the city's parks and recreation department. You can easily sign up for a number of programs on the city's website.

El Segundo Housing

You'll find virtually all of El Segundo's residential neighborhoods in the city's northwestern quadrant; the other areas of the city are mostly designated for commercial and industrial use. The median home and rent prices in the city are significantly higher than the national average, due in part to El Segundo's convenient location and high-income job opportunities. However, a variety of housing options makes it easy to find something that fits your needs.