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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).

Demographics

People

Total Population82,771
Male Share of the Population49.6%
Female Share of the Population50.4%
Senior Citizens12%
Employed Population 16+38,631
Age of the Population36

Families

% of people married48.6%
Average household size4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher29.1%
Median Earnings25+$36,529
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$21,375
Median Earnings With High School Degree$27,459

Wealth

Median Family Income$74,706
% Above Poverty Level85.9%
% Below Poverty Level14.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time30 minutes
% Working from Home2.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.3%
% Using Public Transportation3.1%

Housing

People Living Alone13.2%
Median Gross Rent$1,421
Median House Value$448,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)69.7%
German5.6%
Irish5%
English3.7%
Italian2.8%
French Except Basque1.2%
Scottish1.1%
Polish0.9%
Dutch0.8%
Norwegian0.7%
Swedish0.6%
Arab0.5%
Portuguese0.4%
Romanian0.4%
Hungarian0.3%
African0.2%
Russian0.2%
Greek0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
Welsh0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Swiss0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
Haitian0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Syrian0.1%
US/American0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Kenyan0.1%
Danishn0.1%
South African0.1%
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Buena Park Almanac

CategoryValue
County Orange County
Standard Zip Codes90620, 90621, 90623
P.O. Box Zip Codes90622, 90624
Phone Area Codes657,714
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude33.84
Approximate Longitude-118

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)

StationANAHEIM
Distance8.5 miles
Jan Temp45 to 69 F
Apr Temp51 to 73 F
Jul Temp62 to 84 F
Oct Temp56 to 80 F
Annual Precip11.2 inches
StationSANTA ANA FIRE STATION
Distance11.1 miles
Jan Temp47 to 69 F
Apr Temp52 to 74 F
Jul Temp63 to 83 F
Oct Temp58 to 80 F
Annual Precip13.8 inches
StationSAN GABRIEL FIRE DEPT
Distance17.1 miles
Jan Temp43 to 70 F
Apr Temp50 to 77 F
Jul Temp62 to 89 F
Oct Temp55 to 83 F
Annual Precip18.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Artesia16,789$62,626
Cerritos49,797$102,958
Cypress48,978$92,478
Fullerton139,491$79,673
La Mirada49,130$91,866
La Palma15,834$93,295

Buena Park Public Libraries

Buena Park Library District
7150 LA PALMA AVE.
Buena Park, California
(714) 826-4100

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Buena Park Public Schools

Hope
7901 Knott Ave.
ZIP: 90620
Other
Total Enrollment 309
Buena Terra Elementary
8299 Holder St.
ZIP: 90620
Primary
Total Enrollment 512
Arthur F. Corey Elementary
7351 Holder St.
ZIP: 90620
Primary
Total Enrollment 587
Holder Elementary
9550 Holder St.
ZIP: 90620
Primary
Total Enrollment 444
Buena Park Junior High
6931 Orangethorpe Ave.
ZIP: 90620
Middle
Total Enrollment 1031
Glen H. Dysinger Sr. Elementary
7770 Camellia Dr.
ZIP: 90620
Primary
Total Enrollment 534
San Marino Elementary
6215 San Rolando Way
ZIP: 90620
Primary
Total Enrollment 583
Raymond Temple Elementary
7800 Holder St.
ZIP: 90620
Primary
Total Enrollment 504
Gordon H. Beatty Elementary
8201 Country Club Dr.
ZIP: 90621
Primary
Total Enrollment 883
Carl E. Gilbert Elementary
7255 Eighth St.
ZIP: 90621
Primary
Total Enrollment 723
Charles G. Emery Elementary
8600 Somerset St.
ZIP: 90621
Primary
Total Enrollment 667
James A. Whitaker Elementary
8401 Montana St.
ZIP: 90621
Primary
Total Enrollment 598
Mabel L. Pendleton Elementary
7101 Stanton Ave.
ZIP: 90621
Primary
Total Enrollment 493
Buena Park High
8833 Acad Dr.
ZIP: 90621
High
Total Enrollment 1940

Buena Park Private Schools

Tiny Tot Christian School
7362 Crescent Ave
ZIP: 90620
Elementary
Total Enrollment 15
Rossier Park School
7100 Knott Ave
ZIP: 90620
Secondary
Total Enrollment 136
Speech & Language Development Center
8699 Holder St
ZIP: 90620
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 67
Crescent Ave Christian School
5600 Crescent Ave
ZIP: 90620
Elementary
Total Enrollment 50
Childrens Learning Center
6441 Lincoln Ave
ZIP: 90620
Elementary
Total Enrollment 12
Futureland Montessori
6221 Lincoln Ave
ZIP: 90620
Elementary
Total Enrollment 5
Tutor Time Child Care Learning Centers
5309 Beach Blvd
ZIP: 90621
Elementary
Total Enrollment 10
St Pius V School
7681 Orangethorpe Ave
ZIP: 90621
Elementary
Total Enrollment 434
Southland Christian Academy
8600 Links Rd
ZIP: 90621
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 38
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