Introduction to Garden Grove, California
Incorporated in 1956, Garden Grove is the 21st largest city in California. It is home to approximately 170,000 inhabitants. The city is within the combined Los Angeles-Long Beach-Riverside metropolitan area which has a population of about 17 million people. Located in the southern part of the state, Garden Grove lies 35 miles southeast of the city of Los Angeles. Eight miles to the southwest is the Pacific Ocean.
In 1874, an attorney and physician named Alonzo Cook moved here. At the time there was a small farming community numbering in the hundreds. Before he left in 1881 he had provided the village with several community institutions and the name Garden Grove, donating much land and time in the effort. A railroad in 1905 provided transportation for agricultural crops such as oranges, walnuts, and chili peppers. It also brought more people. Further growth occurred as a result of World War II. An influx of Vietnamese and Koreans occurred in the 1970's.
Orange County, within which Garden Grove is located, was named one of the "Top 25 Cities for Doing Business in America" in the Large Cities category by Inc. Magazine in 2004.
The average daily high and low temperatures in August are 84 and 64 degrees Fahrenheit. January provides daily highs and lows of 69 and 47 degrees Fahrenheit.
Manufacturing accounts for 23% of employment in Garden Grove. Major employers are:
- Garden Grove Hospital
- C&D Zodiac, Inc.
- Crystal Cathedral
- Air Industries Corp.
- Office Max
- Money Mailers
- GKN Aerospace
- Leiner Health Products
- Hyatt Regency Hotel
- Costco Wholesale Corp.
- Saint Gobain Performance Plastics
Arts and Leisure
Cultural, historical, and leisure attractions in Garden Grove include:
- The Crystal Cathedral
- The largest mosque west of the Mississippi at the Islamic Society of Orange County
- The Garden Grove Playhouse
- The "We the People" statue
- The "Union Passage" statue
- The Arab-American, Korean, Strawberry and Tet Festivals
- Many cultural and sports attractions in the greater Los Angeles area