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A series of town meetings were held to discuss incorporation of their little town. Compton donated his land to incorporate and create the city of Compton in 1889, but he did stipulate that a certain acreage be zoned solely for agriculture and named Richland Farms.
In January 1888, a petition supporting the incorporation of Compton was forwarded to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, who in turn forwarded the petition to the State Legislature.
This past affluence is reflected in the area's appearance—Compton's streets are lined with relatively spacious and attractive single family houses.
Carson was significant because it had successfully thwarted attempts at annexation by neighboring Compton.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.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.