San Pedro, California
33.732368 N, 118.289053 W
Harbor town just south of Los Angeles
, on the edge of the Palos Verdes
Peninsula and one of the busiest ports on the Pacific Ocean
. Shipping and commerce dating back to 1542 has led to an incredibly diverse culture. Working class until recently, now in danger of becoming a gentrified bedroom community
Locals call the town just Pedro, pronounced "PEEdro," not "PAYdro."
Most famous residents: the late novelist and poet Charles Bukowski
, b.1923, d.1994, and punk rock bass
player and songwriter Mike Watt
, b.12/20/1957. Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, City of San Pedro.