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Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population52,168
Male Share of the Population48.7%
Female Share of the Population51.3%
Senior Citizens14.8%
Employed Population 16+25,114
Age of the Population38

Families

% of people married51.4%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher36.7%
Median Earnings25+$44,121
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$19,591
Median Earnings With High School Degree$35,906

Wealth

Median Family Income$88,562
% Above Poverty Level89.8%
% Below Poverty Level10.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time29 minutes
% Working from Home3.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.2%
% Using Public Transportation2.2%

Housing

People Living Alone17.8%
Median Gross Rent$1,590
Median House Value$554,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)54.5%
German11%
Irish7.6%
English7%
Italian6.1%
French Except Basque2.5%
Norwegian1.6%
Scottish1.5%
Polish1.3%
Dutch1%
Swedish0.9%
Russian0.8%
Welsh0.6%
Iranian0.6%
Arab0.6%
Canadian0.6%
Romanian0.5%
Portuguese0.4%
Danishn0.4%
Ukrainian0.3%
US/American0.3%
West Indian0.2%
Afghan)0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Jamaican0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
African0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Czech0.2%
Slovak0.1%
South African0.1%
Turkish0.1%
Greek0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
Australian0.1%
Basque0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Finnish0.1%
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Placentia Almanac

CategoryValue
County Orange County
Standard Zip Codes92870
P.O. Box Zip Codes92871
Phone Area Codes657,714
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude33.88
Approximate Longitude-117.85

Placentia 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
Distance1.2 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
StationTUSTIN IRVINE RANCH
Distance13.8 miles
Jan Temp41 to 68 F
Apr Temp48 to 73 F
Jul Temp60 to 84 F
Oct Temp53 to 79 F
Annual Precip13.8 inches
StationCORONA
Distance18.4 miles
Jan Temp42 to 68 F
Apr Temp48 to 77 F
Jul Temp60 to 92 F
Oct Temp52 to 83 F
Annual Precip12 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Anaheim346,776$65,710
Brea41,351$104,976
Fullerton139,491$79,673
La Habra Heights5,406$113,438
Villa Park5,922$139,915
Yorba Linda67,362$130,785

Placentia Public Libraries

Placentia Library District
411 E. CHAPMAN AVE.
Placentia, California
(714) 528-1925

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Placentia Hospitals

Placentia Linda Hospital
(Proprietary)
1301 North Rose Drive

Placentia Public Schools

Brookhaven Elementary
1851 N. Brookhaven Ave.
ZIP: 92870
Primary
Total Enrollment 572
Charles Wagner Elementary
717 E. Yorba Linda Blvd.
ZIP: 92870
Primary
Total Enrollment 470
Col. J. K. Tuffree Middle
2151 N. Kraemer Blvd.
ZIP: 92870
Middle
Total Enrollment 727
El Camino Real Continuation High
1351 E. Orangethorpe Ave.
ZIP: 92870
High
Total Enrollment 190
El Dorado High
1651 N. Valencia Ave.
ZIP: 92870
High
Total Enrollment 1904
George Key
710 E. Golden Ave.
ZIP: 92870
Other
Total Enrollment 59
Golden Elementary
740 E. Golden Ave.
ZIP: 92870
Primary
Total Enrollment 806
John O. Tynes Elementary
735 Stanford
ZIP: 92870
Primary
Total Enrollment 824
Kraemer Middle
645 N. Angelina Dr.
ZIP: 92870
Middle
Total Enrollment 952
Melrose Elementary
974 S. Melrose St.
ZIP: 92870
Primary
Total Enrollment 628
Morse Avenue Elementary
431 E. Morse Ave.
ZIP: 92870
Primary
Total Enrollment 471
Parkview
2189 N. Kraemer Blvd.
ZIP: 92870
Other
Total Enrollment 195
Ruby Drive Elementary
601 Ruby Dr.
ZIP: 92870
Primary
Total Enrollment 379
Sierra Vista Elementary
1811 N. Placentia Ave.
ZIP: 92870
Primary
Total Enrollment 491
Valadez Middle School Academy
161 E. La Jolla St.
ZIP: 92870
Middle
Total Enrollment 694
Valencia High
500 N. Bradford Ave.
ZIP: 92870
High
Total Enrollment 2740
Van Buren Elementary
1245 N. Van Buren St.
ZIP: 92870
Primary
Total Enrollment 689

Placentia Private Schools

Placentia Towne & Country Early Education Center
201 E Madison Ave
ZIP: 92870
Elementary
Total Enrollment 8
St Joseph Elementary School
801 N Bradford Ave
ZIP: 92870
Elementary
Total Enrollment 252
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