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Overview

Introduction to Fountain Valley, California

The California city of Fountain Valley is located in Orange County, about 35 miles southeast of Los Angeles. Bisected by Interstate I-405, the city is also serviced by California State Highways 22, 55, and 73. Air transportation is available via John Wayne Airport (15 minutes away) and Los Angeles International (45 minutes away). Surrounding communities include Westminster (to the north), Santa Ana (to the northeast), Costa Mesa (to the southeast), and Huntington Beach (to the southwest). The city is bordered on the east by the Santa Ana River.

Located in a swampy region originally referred to as "Gospel Swamps", Fountain Valley derived its name from early settlers who found that they could dig virtually anywhere and find a source of artesian water. Up until the 1930s, Fountain Valley remained a field crop area, producing beans and sugar beets. After that time, the agricultural emphasis shifted to truck crops, such as strawberries, cabbage, corn, lettuce and carrots. Incorporated in 1957, Fountain Valley early on established a master plan for development which served it well a decade later when faced with a large growth boom. Since that time Fountain Valley has often been referred to as Orange County's best-planned community.

Things to do in Fountain View

Located within easy driving distance of Disneyland and several other major Southern California attractions, Fountain View can also claim some local points of interest. Mile Square Park has asphalt paths that allow cyclists and hikers access to all of its 640 acres. Two lakes in the park are stocked with bass, bluegill, carp and catfish. Every July the park hosts a five-day festival complete with carnival games, rides, live concerts, food and fireworks. The Fountain Valley Skating Center features roller skating on an old fashion wooden rink. The Fountain Valley Golf and Recreation Club is a family amusement park with a go-kart track, mini-golf course, kiddie big top, and a large video arcade. The Casa de Tortuga ("House of the Tortoises") is the private residence of Walter Allen, whose yard and aquariums house more than 500 turtles and tortoises. Also part of the complex is a network of pools and waterfalls comprising part of the tiny ecosystem for his collection.

People

Total Population 56,696
Male Share of the Population 49.3%
Female Share of the Population 50.7%
Senior Citizens 17.8%
Employed Population 16+ 26,209
Age of the Population 43

Families

% of people married 52.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 39.8%
Median Earnings25+ $44,927
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,957
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,992

Wealth

Median Family Income $94,238
% Above Poverty Level 91.9%
% Below Poverty Level 8.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 4.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.9%
% Using Public Transportation 0.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 18.7%
Median Gross Rent $1,708
Median House Value $614,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 54%
US/American 0.7%
English 6.6%
Irish 6.8%

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

Fountain Valley Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 5 miles SW of Santa Ana, California
County Orange
Standard Zip Codes 92708
P.O. Box Zip Codes 92728
Phone Area Codes 714
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.709
Longitude -117.952

Fountain Valley 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 SANTA ANA FIRE STATION
Distance 5.7 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 NEWPORT BEACH HARBOR
Distance 8.5 miles
Jan Temp 48 to 64 F
Apr Temp 54 to 66 F
Jul Temp 63 to 71 F
Oct Temp 59 to 71 F
Annual Precip 11.6 inches
Station TUSTIN IRVINE RANCH
Distance 11.7 miles
Jan Temp 41 to 68 F
Apr Temp 48 to 73 F
Jul Temp 60 to 84 F
Oct Temp 53 to 79 F
Annual Precip 13.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Costa Mesa 112,377 $75,025
Garden Grove 174,721 $61,577
Huntington Beach 197,752 $98,162
Newport Beach 86,911 $154,456
Santa Ana 333,268 $50,439
Westminster 91,719 $57,194

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

Fountain Valley Hospitals

ORANGE COAST MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
9920 TALBERT AVENUE
(714) 378-7406
Emergency Service: Yes

FOUNTAIN VALLEY REGIONAL HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
17100 EUCLID STREET
(714) 966-7200
Emergency Service: Yes

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Fountain Valley High Schools

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FOUNTAIN VALLEY HIGH
17816 BUSHARD
714-962-3301
Serves 2,989 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 28.2

LOS AMIGOS HIGH
16566 NEWHOPE ST.
714-663-6288
A Title I School.
Serves 2,088 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26.6

VALLEY VISTA HIGH (CONT.)
9600 DOLPHIN ST.
714-964-7766
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 227 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.5

HBUHSD COMMUNITY DAY SCHOOL
9600 DOLPHIN STREET
A Non-traditional School
Serves 12 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12

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