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Gateway Cities (Los Angeles County) : Compton
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Travel Warning WARNING: Compton suffers from a very high crime rate due to the gang violence, which is well-documented. It is recommended to stay no more than as long as necessary. Danger increases during the night time.

Compton is in Los Angeles County and is mainly known for being the home of rappers Dr. Dre, Ahmad, NWA and The Game. It is also the birthplace of professional athletes Serena and Venus Williams.

Get in

Take the Metro Blue Line from Downtown L.A. to Compton Station.

Get around


  • Heritage House, (north west corner of Willowbrook Avenue and Myrrh Street). The Heritage House was built in 1869 and is a California Historic Landmark. It is the oldest house in Compton and was restored as a tribute to early settlers.


  • Celebrity Helicopters, Inc, 961 West Alondra Boulevard, (877) 999-2099, [1]. You can take a nice air flight on a helicopter here. You can see a big part of Los Angeles.


The new shopping center, Gateway Center, has numerous retail stores. Not all the stores are open yet; however, it is one of the best places to shop and the safest place in Compton. This shopping center alone has four on-duty patrolling police officers.

Gateway Center

  • Best Buy
  • Target
  • Home Depot
  • Wells Fargo
  • Staples
  • Marshalls
  • Party City(COMING SOON)

Downtown Compton

  • dd's Discount
  • Foot Locker


Compton has many restaurants.

  • Dale's Donuts, 15904 S Atlantic Ave, Compton, (310) 635-2667 ‎. Dale's Donuts is one of the few places in the Los Angeles area which features the famous "Giant Donut". Good donuts and coffee.
  • Bludso's BBQ, 811 South Long Beach Boulevard, (310) 637-1342 ‎, [2]. Barbecue is good. The food is great, and the service is friendly. Under 9$.
  • Tacos El Unico, 1521 South Long Beach Boulevard, (310) 632-2510 ‎, [3]. Very authentic Mexican food in the Compton area. This place has some good tacos, tortas and burritos. Their burgers are also worth trying.

Gateway Center

  • Wing Stop
  • Hawaiian Barbecue

Downtown Compton

  • Cold Stone Creamery


  • Tenampa Bar


  • Crystal Park Casino, 123 East Artesia Blvd., +1 310 631 3838, [4]. This hotel has a casino and located in a safe area of Compton.
  • Royal Inn Motel at 1408 N LongBeach Blvd, Compton CA 90221 - 1(310)-635-2900 website :
  • Willow Tree Inn
  • Travel Plaza Inn

Stay safe

This city has many parts which are highly dangerous as well parts that are friendly. North Compton is dangerous and is an area well known for high prostitution, gang and narcotic activities. South Compton is relatively better and has houses with no iron bars on the windows and far fewer active gangs.

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