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California, U.S.A.
Welcome to Compton, California.
Compton is a city in southern Los Angeles County, home to around 96,500 people. Being incorporated in 1888, the city is one of the oldest in the county. Compton is known as the Hub City thanks to its central location in Los Angeles County. The city is comprised of several distinct neighborhoods, including Sunny Cove, Leland, Downtown Compton and Richland Farms. Compton is largely a working class city with some middle-class neighborhoods, and the average resident is fairly young (25 years of age) compared to other American cities (35 years of age). Compton is known in American pop culture due to the many hip-hop groups and rappers emerging from the city, including Kendrick Lamar and The Game. Compton hasn't always been known as the city of rappers and gangs however; in fact, it was once a coveted area in Los Angeles County for the African-American middle class. While very few middle class communities remain today, the existing ones show signs of past affluence. Compton's streets are lined with large, attractive single-family homes, albeit many are at this point dilapidated. One of the most significant contributors to Compton's decline was the steady erosion of its tax base. The Caucasian population vacated to new cities like Artesia, Bellflower and Norwark in the 1950s, and the African-American middle class moved to more attractive areas like Ladera Heights, Inglewood and in particular, Carson. Carson was especially attractive as it offered incentivizing taxes and lower crime rates. In Carson, the African-American population was actually wealthier than its Caucasian counterpart. Contrary to popular belief, Compton's population has shifted from a predominately African-American community, and Latino's are instead the largest ethnic group. The common misconception that Compton is still home to mostly African-Americans may stem from the fact that so many renowned athletes and rappers come from Compton, and that African-Americans still dominate local politics. Compton has been featured in numerous television productions, including Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Some episodes of the show was filmed in Compton because Will Smith's friend, Jazz, lived there. Famous people whom have their origin in Compton include artists Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, and NBA players Tyson Chandler and Brandon Jennings.
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