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Compton's earliest settlers were faced with terrible hardships as they farmed the land in bleak weather to get by with just the barest subsistence.The weather continued to be harsh, rainy and cold, and fuel was difficult to find. Compton is one of the oldest cities in the county and on May 11, 1888, was the eighth city to incorporate.As of the 2010 United States Census, the city had a total population of 96,455.Kraemer, the first black families moved to the area.At one time, the City Council even discussed dismantling the Compton Police Department in favor of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department in an attempt to exclude blacks from law enforcement jobs.One of the most significant factors was a steady erosion of its tax base, something that was already sparse due to limited commercial properties.In later years, there were middle-class whites who fled to the newly incorporated cities of Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Paramount and Norwalk in the late 1950s.
These families had traveled by wagon train south from Stockton, California in search of ways to earn a living other than in the rapid exhaustion of gold fields.The rancho was subdivided and parcels were sold within the Californios of Alta California until the lands were ceded after the Mexican-American war in 1848.American immigrants acquired most of the rancho lands after 1848.Neighborhoods in Compton include Sunny Cove, Leland, Downtown Compton, and Richland Farms. Dominguez's name was later applied to the Dominguez Hills community south of Compton.The city is generally a working class city with some middle-class neighborhoods, and is home to a relatively young community, at an average 25 years of age, compared to the American median age of 35 (2010 data). The tree that marked the original northern boundary of the rancho still stands at the corner of Poppy and Short streets.