Commerce, also commonly referred to as “The City of Commerce” for grammatical clarity's sake, is a sparsely populated city in the northern Southeast region of Los Angeles County. It borders Bell, Bell Gardens, Vernon, East Los Angeles, and Montebello. Commerce made the ranch-land-to-city-environment transition in the early 1900's when railroads came through the area; it subsequently became a nexus of factories and assembly plants. Today, its landscape is still fairly industrial.
Commerce's population is more than 93% Latino, according to the LA Times, which is an exceptionally high figure for any ethnic group in any city. One notable local Commerce establishment is the Commerce Casino. It's the largest “card room” on the planet, accounting for gigantic swaths of the city's tax revenue and employing more than 2,000 folks. Residents enjoy easy access to Downtown Los Angeles and its bars and restaurants. Commerce is adjacent or within striking distance of the 5, 710, and 60 freeways.