Introduction to Placentia, California

Placentia, California, in Orange county, is 3 miles E of Fullerton, California (center to center) and 3 miles NE of Anaheim, California. The unincorporated community of Atwood is part of the city. Placentia is regarded as a suburban area and has a small town atmosphere. The city includes a large Hispanic population.

Placentia History

In 1837 Juan Ontiveros was given a land grant by the Mexican Governor who was in charge of the region. The large acreage covered numerous current cities including Placentia. In 1865 English speaking pioneers began to arrive and purchased acreage. The name of Placentia was chosen by Sara Anne McFadden, an early settler. The name comes from a Latin word which means "a pleasant place to live." In 1910 the Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe Railway arrived. The agricultural industry, especially citrus along with avocados, grapes and walnuts were major factors for the economy.

Placentia Attractions and Activities

The historic George Key Ranch includes a botanical garden and provides visitors with an idea of the lifestyle in the early days of the region. It's included in the National Register of Historic Places. The Summer Concert Series, located in Tri-City Park features a wide variety of musical performers. The Heritage Festival and Parade is a popular event. The city features numerous parks for outdoor activities.

The nearby Orange County Fair is enjoyed by families. The popular Disneyland and Knottsberry Farm are close by. Families enjoy touring the Orange County Zoo. The nearby Fullerton Arboretum is a noteworthy destination. Residents also enjoy the county's beaches, activities and attractions in Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Placentia Transportation

The city is served by the nearby John Wayne Airport. An Amtrak train station is close by.

Placentia Higher Education

Fullerton State University, Chapman University, Fullerton College, and South Baylo University are nearby.


Total Population 52,123
Male Share of the Population 49.5%
Female Share of the Population 50.5%
Senior Citizens 14.2%
Employed Population 16+ 24,481
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 51.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 34.8%
Median Earnings25+ $41,548
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,219
Median Earnings With High School Degree $34,706


Median Family Income $86,662
% Above Poverty Level 88.6%
% Below Poverty Level 11.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 3.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3%
% Using Public Transportation 2.5%


People Living Alone 17.6%
Median Gross Rent $1,551
Median House Value $533,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 57.4%
US/American 0.2%
English 7.3%
Irish 8%

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

Placentia Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles E of Fullerton, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 3 miles NE of Anaheim, California
County Orange
Standard Zip Codes 92870
P.O. Box Zip Codes 92871
Phone Area Codes 714
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.872
Longitude -117.869

Placentia Climate

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

Distance 1.2 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 13.8 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
Station CORONA
Distance 18.4 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 68 F
Apr Temp 48 to 77 F
Jul Temp 60 to 92 F
Oct Temp 52 to 83 F
Annual Precip 12 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Anaheim 345,578 $64,816
Brea 40,931 $102,037
Fullerton 138,976 $78,297
La Habra Heights 5,425 $113,455
Villa Park 5,947 $149,896
Yorba Linda 67,033 $130,443

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

Placentia Public Libraries

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Placentia Hospitals

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Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 23

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Student/teacher ratio: 25

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Student/teacher ratio: 20.9

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Serves 40 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20

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