Gardena has the 469th largest population in the United States. The population grew by 2.8% from 2010 to 2015, which was faster than the national average. Gardena is part of the Los Angeles metro area. Unemployment in the Los Angeles area is 4.1%, which is lower than the national average, and is getting better. Los Angeles has the 2nd largest local economy in the US, and a high cost of living. The average pay for jobs in Gardena is above average at $53,870, and the median cost of a home in Gardena is $341,900, which is above the national average. 23% of workers in Gardena hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 81% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in Gardena. 72% of Gardena workers drive to work alone, 7% take public transit, 10% carpool, and 9% walk. People in Gardena spend an average of 27 minutes commuting to work, which is the same as the national average of 26 minutes.