The second largest city in Orange County, Anaheim, California, is located in the northern portion of the county. As of 2009 estimates, the city's population was about 350,000, enough to make it the 10th most-populated city in the state. The city is also the second largest of the county in terms of land area and is best known for being the home to Disneyland and the home of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The median household annual income here is $47,122. Anaheim was founded by about 50 German grape farmers and wine makers in 1857 and was incorporated in 1870. However, the grape industry was decimated in the 1880s by a pest, and the rural community shifted its main crop to oranges. In the 20th century the city began to develop and industrialize, making such products as electronics, aircraft parts and canned fruit. Disneyland, the franchise's second-largest U.S. theme park, was constructed in 1954-55 and now makes up 160 acres and is the driver of the economy, drawing in thousands of tourists each year.
The major communities within Anaheim are Anaheim Hills, West Anaheim, The Anaheim Resort commercial district, the Platinum Triangle and The Canyon. Both the Platinum Triangle and Anaheim Hills are experiencing rapid development and population growth. Besides Disneyland, the city is also home to the Angel Stadium of Anaheim, home of Major League Baseball's Angels; the Honda Center, and the Anaheim Convention Center, the largest convention center on the West Coast.
The public schools in Anaheim draw upon eight school districts: Anaheim City School District, Anaheim Union High School District, Centralia School District, Magnolia School District, North Orange County Community College District, Orange Unified School District, Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District and Savanna School District. Anaheim University is a private college. The city is served by Amtrak California and Metrolink services and hosts a major regional train station in the Angel Stadium parking lot.
Brea Real Estate Homes For saleA mid-sized city in the northern part of Orange County, the city of Brea, California, is the home of a population of around 40,000 residents. It is situated in Southern California's Pacific coastal region, about 30 miles east of Los Angeles. The median household income for residents of this city is around $65,000. It makes up an area of almost 11 square miles, all of which is land.
The city was started when crude oil was found here and drilled for, and it began a gradual evolution into a regional agricultural center, with citrus fruits grown, harvested and sold. Today, the economy in Brea revolves around its retail industry and tourism. It is home to one of the region's largest shopping malls, Brea Mall, with four large anchor department stores and over 175 other smaller stores and restaurants. The Birch Street downtown area has also undergone revitalization in recent years, and now is home to over 50 acres of stores, cafes and entertainment. All of these attractions combined account for the city's average of more than 100,000 visitors each day.
Brea is the site of one golf course, Birch Hills Golf Course, and its cultural attractions include the Brea Art Gallery and the Curtis Theatre. Annual celebrations include a July 4 Country Fair and concerts held outdoors in the summer at City Hall Park. The smaller Brea Community Hospital is found here, and two larger hospitals are not far away in nearby town.
Public schools in Brea are run under the jurisdiction of the Brea Olinda Unified School District. Six elementary schools, one junior high school, one high school and one continuing-education high school make up the school system, and a handful of small private schools offer parents alternatives. Post-high school institutions include the Southern California College of Business and Law, and the Southern California campus of the Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary.
Fullerton Real Estate Homes For SaleA large city in northern Orange County, Fullerton, California, was founded in 1887 and named for George H. Fullerton, the man who secured land in the area for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. It is home to a population of more than 126,000, as of 2000 census figures, and was originally an agricultural center with orange groves and other citrus crops raised. The city lies about 25 miles east of Los Angeles and just north of Anaheim, home of Disneyland.
The town was also the site of drilling for oil, which fueled it first economic boom in the 1920s. As the city approached the middle 20th century, its economy began to change, moving to a more industrial economy, with petroleum extraction, food processing, transportation and manufacturing expanding in the region, and the first Hawaiian Punch recipe was developed here in the '30s.
The city runs and maintains over 50 parks, including Hillcrest Park, the Craig Regional Park and Ralph B. Clark Regional Park. Attractions in the city include two golf courses and a tennis center, an equestrian center, the Muckenthaler Cultural Center, which is home to some art galleries and a theater group and the Fullerton Museum Center, situated within an old Carnegie library. The Fullerton Civic Light Opera is one of the region's largest companies, and performs in the Plummer Auditorium. Other theater troupes include Maverick Theater, Stages Theater and the Hunger Artists Theatre Company.
Metrolink and Amtrak trains make stops in the city's station, providing connections to Los Angeles in as little as 30 minutes. The Orange County Transportation Authority operates several bus routes within the city and throughout the rest of the county. St. Jude Hospital provides medical services to residents. Public schools in the city are operated under the Fullerton Joint Union High School District and include five public high schools in the city limits, three middle schools and 17 elementary schools. Colleges in the city include California State University, Fullerton; Fullerton College; Western State University College of Law; Hope International University; and the Southern California College of Optometry.
Placentia Real Estate Homes For saleA mid-sized community in northern Orange County, Placentia, California, is home to a population of around 50,000 residents, as of 2004 estimates. Median household income for residents here is just over $62,000, and the community is made up of an area of about seven square miles. It was incorporated in 1926.
The city derives from a rancho created in 1837 from a Spanish land grant, Rancho San Juan Cajón de Santa Ana. The town's name is derived from a Spanish word meaning, broadly, "pleasant place to live." The first commercial Valencia orange grove was planted here in the late 19th century, and some smaller orange groves still exist. Oil was discovered in 1919 by the Union Oil Co., helping to fuel much of the city's early expansion.
Three historical site are in Placentia: The A.S. Bradford House, built in 1902; the Ontiveros Adobe Site, built in 1841; and the George Key Ranch, the oldest standing house in the town, built in 1898. There are city 14 parks and a main library operated by the city, and the city lies just a few miles east of Cal State-Fullerton. Alta Vista Country Club provides guests and members a place to play, and high school students perform a number of productions through El Dorado Theatre
Annual events celebrated in Placentia include a Fourth of July fireworks festival, summer concerts held at Tri-City Park on Thursdays in July and August, and the Heritage Festival and Parade in October. The Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District operates the public school system, which is made up of three high schools, three middle schools and 10 elementary schools. The Placentia Linda Hospital provides medical attention for residents here, and other larger hospitals are nearby in Anaheim, Orange and Fullerton.
Yorba Linda Real Estate Homes For saleA large, affluent suburb of Orange County, Yorba Linda, California, is home to a population of more than 70,000 and lies about 15 miles from northeast of downtown Santa Ana and about 40 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles, in the southern part of the state bordering the Pacific Ocean. Yorba Linda has the highest median income in the country among cities with a population between 65,000 and 250,000, with the median income over $120,000. It was incorporated in 1967 and is noted as he place where U.S. President Richard Nixon was born and raised.
The city's designation as home of the former president is commemorated with the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, plus his childhood home. Don Bernardo Yorba Hacienda is also listed as a California Historical Landmark. There are two golf courses in Yorba Linda, Black Gold Golf Club and Yorba Linda Country Club. It also is just south of Chino Hills State Park and home of the Yorba Linda Spotlight Theater.
The city maintains about 135 acres of parks and sports fields land. It hosts concerts in Hurless Barton Park in the summer for eight weeks. More than half a dozen shopping centers provide retail offerings, while farmers markets are held every Saturday. Local festivals celebrated throughout the year include a Fine Arts and Music Festival in June, the Fiesta Days in October and a Polish Harvest Festival in the fall. Though there is no hospital within the city, three hospitals are nearby, one in Fullerton and two in Orange.
Public schools here are under the administration of the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District, with an enrollment of about 27,000 and which includes 22 elementary, five middle schools and four high schools. For alternatives, there are four large K-8 private schools. North Orange County Community College offers courses in post-secondary education.