Introduction to La Palma, California

La Palma, California, in Orange county, is 1 miles SE of Cerritos, California and 7 miles W of Anaheim, California. The city is in the Orange County area. 

La Palma History

La Palma had a huge number of dairy farms dotting the region, and was initially incorporated as Dairyland. This name remained until the dairies relocated. In 1965, the name was changed to La Palma, in keeping with the Orange County's Spanish heritage and the city's main street which was known as the La Palma Avenue. The main occupation gradually changed to farming. Centerpointe, the city's major redevelopment project started in the 1980s, and promoted the commercial and industrial growth.

La Palma and Nearby Attractions

  • La Palma Branch Orange County Public Library.
  • Kang's Art Museum.
  • Fullerton Creek.
  • El Rancho Verde Park.
  • La Palma Shopping Center.

Things To Do In La Palma

The city of La Palma boasts of a large public library and an art museum which contains the relics of the past. These places can give visitors a very good idea about the historical and cultural background of La Palma. The Fullerton creek offers a stunning view over the lake. The Central Park and the El Rancho Verde Park have fun rides that can be enjoyed by both adults and children. One can also go to these parks for picnics with family and friends. The La Palma Shopping Center provides excellent opportunities for enthusiastic shoppers.

La Palma Transportation

The John Wayne/Orange County airport is located near La Palma.

La Palma Higher Education

The city is served by the Cypress College.


Total Population 15,842
Male Share of the Population 49.1%
Female Share of the Population 50.9%
Senior Citizens 17.4%
Employed Population 16+ 7,079
Age of the Population 42


% of people married 53.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 41%
Median Earnings25+ $46,184
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,438
Median Earnings With High School Degree $39,423


Median Family Income $87,381
% Above Poverty Level 92.7%
% Below Poverty Level 7.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 3.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.7%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%


People Living Alone 17%
Median Gross Rent $1,498
Median House Value $583,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 66.2%
US/American 0%
English 4.5%
Irish 5.8%

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

La Palma Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 1 miles SE of Cerritos, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 7 miles W of Anaheim, California
County Orange
Standard Zip Codes 90623
Phone Area Codes 714
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.846
Longitude -118.045

La Palma Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 6.3 miles
Jan Temp 46 to 68 F
Apr Temp 53 to 73 F
Jul Temp 65 to 83 F
Oct Temp 58 to 79 F
Annual Precip 12.9 inches
Distance 11.3 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
Distance 17.8 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
Buena Park 82,683 $73,674
Cerritos 49,701 $99,915
Cypress 49,008 $89,347
Hawaiian Gardens 14,475 $37,485
Los Alamitos 11,658 $90,054

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

La Palma Hospitals

(714) 670-7400
Emergency Service: Yes

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La Palma High Schools

Serves 2,328 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.9

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