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Overview

Introduction to Buena Park, California

Situated only six miles northwest of Anaheim and 12 miles northwest of Santa Ana, Buena Park is a California city in northwestern Orange County. It was founded in 1887 by James A. Whitaker, a wholesale grocer from Chicago, who in 1885 bought 690 acres of what was once the sprawling Rancho Los Coyotes, with the intention of creating a cattle ranch. Santa Fe railroad officials persuaded him, successfully as it turned out, to use the land instead for a new town. Whitaker filed his township papers in 1887 to create the town of Buena Park, which was not incorporated as a city until 1953. An agricultural center (notably wine, citrus, and dairy produce) during the time of its founding, the city is today primarily a residential suburb.

Buena Park is noted for its quantity and variety of Asian-themed restaurants. Many food distributors in Buena Park import goods from various Asian countries and then ship them to specialty supermarkets throughout California.

Attractions in and near Buena Park

Buena Park is home to several very popular Southern California tourist attractions, located in the so-called E-Zone district. The most famous of these is Knott's Berry Farm, a name which many visitors today would consider something of a misnomer because the present-day site is actually a world-class theme park. It didn't start out that way, however. The origin of the park traces back to the 1920s, when Walter Knott and his family sold berries from a roadside stand. Knott achieved a degree of fame in the 1930's by cultivating the world's first boysenberry, combining the red raspberry together with the blackberry and loganberry. In 1934, Knott's wife Cordelia opened a small restaurant at the site and began serving fried chicken dinners, which became so popular within a few years that waiting lines were often several hours long. To entertain the waiting crowds, Walter built a Ghost Town in 1940, using actual buildings relocated from authentic old west towns such as Calico, California and Prescott, Arizona. In 1968, the Knott family fenced in the facility and began charging admission, making Knott's Berry Farm an official amusement park. In 1997, the Knott family sold its interests in the amusement park operations, and the new ownership quickly instituted a shift towards thrill rides, with the construction of a number of large roller coasters. In light of its long history, Knott's Berry Farm lays claim to being "America's First Theme Park."

In recent years, an adjacent Knott's amusement site (Knott's Soak City water park) has emerged. The two Knott's parks serve as anchors for other tourist attractions located in the same district. Among these are the Medieval Times Dinner Show, Pirate's Dinner Adventure, and a Ripley's Believe it or Not! museum. Buena Park Downtown, an array of shopping centers containing popular large stores, is located within this same district.

Disneyland (Anaheim) is only a ten-minute drive away from Buena Park. Adjacent to Disneyland is Disney's newest area venture, the Disney California Adventure Park, featuring many of the newer Disney rides, shows, and attractions.

Anaheim is also home to two major-league professional sports teams: the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (Major League Baseball) and the Anaheim Mighty Ducks (National Hockey League).

People

Total Population 82,683
Male Share of the Population 49.4%
Female Share of the Population 50.6%
Senior Citizens 11.5%
Employed Population 16+ 37,722
Age of the Population 36

Families

% of people married 49.1%
Average household size 4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 30%
Median Earnings25+ $36,616
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,714
Median Earnings With High School Degree $29,436

Wealth

Median Family Income $73,674
% Above Poverty Level 86.6%
% Below Poverty Level 13.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 2.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.9%
% Using Public Transportation 3%

Housing

People Living Alone 12.8%
Median Gross Rent $1,400
Median House Value $419,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 71.3%
US/American 0.2%
English 3.8%
Irish 5.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Buena Park Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 5 miles NW of Anaheim, California
County Orange
Standard Zip Codes 90620, 90621, 90623
P.O. Box Zip Codes 90622, 90624
Phone Area Codes 714
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.867
Longitude -117.997

Buena Park Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station ANAHEIM
Distance 8.5 miles
Jan Temp 45 to 69 F
Apr Temp 51 to 73 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 56 to 80 F
Annual Precip 11.2 inches
Station SANTA ANA FIRE STATION
Distance 11.1 miles
Jan Temp 47 to 69 F
Apr Temp 52 to 74 F
Jul Temp 63 to 83 F
Oct Temp 58 to 80 F
Annual Precip 13.8 inches
Station SAN GABRIEL FIRE DEPT
Distance 17.1 miles
Jan Temp 43 to 70 F
Apr Temp 50 to 77 F
Jul Temp 62 to 89 F
Oct Temp 55 to 83 F
Annual Precip 18.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Artesia 16,785 $62,517
Cerritos 49,701 $99,915
Cypress 49,008 $89,347
Fullerton 138,976 $78,297
La Mirada 49,182 $90,142
La Palma 15,842 $87,381

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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7150 LA PALMA AVE.
Buena Park, California
(714) 826-4100
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Buena Park High Schools

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BUENA PARK HIGH
8833 ACADEMY DR.
714-992-8601
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,963 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.6

HOPE SPECIAL EDUCATION CENTER
7901 KNOTT AVE.
714-220-4198
A Special Education School
Serves 262 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9

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