Compton City Councilwoman Janna Zurita is taking part in a free competition for 150 other Compton residents. Mayor of Compton Aja Brown poses for a photo during a drive for the vote organized by BeWoke Vote on September 19, 2020 in Compton, California.
In January 1888, a petition in support of Compton's inclusion was sent to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, which passed the petition to the state legislature. In January 1888, another petition supported the creation of Compton, forwarded the petitions, which were then passed on by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors and the California State Assembly, and then passed on by the state legislature.
On January 19, 2010, the Compton City Council passed a resolution to create a partnership program managed by a chapter of the Compton Chamber of Commerce. Compton was one of the first cities to experiment with a universal basic income, billing the program as a "guaranteed income for all."
Compton was actually a quiet, predominantly white suburb for much of its early history, briefly even hosting the Bush family. The flight of whites began in the 1950s, after the 1948 Supreme Court case that suppressed racist housing practices. In later years, in the late 1950s, there was a wave of middle-class whites fleeing the newly incorporated city. The Watts rebellion of 1965, centered just a few miles away in Compton, cemented the region's demographics for years to come.
The Watts Riots of 1965 accelerated the flight of blacks from Los Angeles and again the flight of whites to Compton. After the Watts riots of 1965, crime soared in Compton as more residents fled the middle class, and the gang wars that had brought Compton dubious fame so many years ago declined significantly. Crime declined during the so-called "crack epidemic" of the late 1990 "s and early 2000" s, but the murder rate peaked in the mid-2000 "s with the rise in gang violence and drug trafficking.
This is important because the overall crime rate can be further illuminated by the fact that both violent crime and property crime are much higher in Compton than in other parts of Los Angeles County. Now let's look at how Compton deals with violent crime and how it tackles property crimes.
In 2013, the homicide rate was 36.8 per 100,000, down from the mid-2000s, and the vast majority of homicides in Compton were committed with firearms. When Neighborhood Scout compares Compton with communities of a similar size, violent and property crimes combined are slightly higher than average. Compton is the highest crime rate per thousand inhabitants when compared to other communities of comparable population. Compared to a community the size of America, Compton stands out from most others in crime per thousand residents, especially when neighborhood research compares Compton with communities of comparable population size.
According to FBI crime data, the likelihood of being a victim of a crime in Compton is one in 82 if you live there. In fact, the likelihood of your car being stolen, shot at or robbed is 113, according to Neighborhood Scout data.
Compton is one of only a handful of communities in America where, compared to other communities of American population size, people are more likely to be victims of property crime.
In fact, when researching dangerous homes, NeighborhoodScout found that Compton is one of the ten most dangerous communities in the United States. Compton has the highest crime rate in America compared to other communities of its size and population. In Compton, we found that violent crime is twice the national average and three times the national average. More than half of Compton's 95,000 residents, who are predominantly black and Hispanic, live in poverty, according to the US Census, twice the national average.
Although Latinos make up the majority of the population in Compton today, they lack significant political power and representation, even though they make up the majority of the population. As they celebrate the film, which highlights Compton's history as one of America's most dangerous and violent communities, leaders are working to ensure that viewers do not confuse the location depicted in the films with Compton today. City officials have also pointed out that the Walmart Supercenter will replace the aging Compton Swap Meet, where N.W.A. and other artists sold albums when the major record stores wouldn't sell them.
Located in the heart of the city, just blocks from the Los Angeles County Courthouse, it is home to one of Compton's most notorious drug dealers.
It is known as the "Hub City" because of its geographical centrality; others are cities like Inglewood and Carson. The surrounding towns have even scrubbed it to distance themselves from the city, and some neighborhoods in Compton include the former Compton High School and the Compton Community College District. There is a stop at the intersection of Compton Boulevard and Compton Avenue, north of the Los Angeles County Courthouse.