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Founded in 1887 and historically an agricultural center, Fullerton is home to California State University, Fullerton and Fullerton Community College. It has an estimated population of over 135,000 residents. It has vibrant history. The city is named for George H. Fullerton, who was the president of the Pacific Land and Improvement Company in the 1880s and was also partially founded by the Amerige brothers.

Fullerton has a robust downtown area that features many independently owned specialty stores, restaurants and entertainments. It has retained much of its historical charm. In the center of downtown on Wilshire Ave is the Fullerton Museum Center, which features a dedicated gallery to pioneer of the modern guitar, Fullerton resident, Leo Fender. At the edge of Downtown Fullerton on Malvern Avenue is the Muckenthaler Cultural Center. Once home to local residents, Walter and Adella Muckenthaler, the cultural center features a small gallery and outdoor stage.

Fullerton not only features two establishments of higher education, but also five public high schools who are all part of the Fullerton Joint Union High School district. K-8 education is provided by the Fullerton School district.


Created by Andrew McNally and his son-in-law, Edwin Neff, in the 1880s. The city is in the southeast part of Los Angeles County and has an estimated population of close to 50,000 residents. It is considered a Gateway City. A Gateway City identifies as part of a major county usually due to proximity or other factors while still maintaining in independent municipalities as forms of government.

The area was privately owned by McNally and, later by, Neff until the early 1950s. During their tenure in the area the family grew many types of fruits, but is probably best known for their olives. McNally grew olives, and built a plant to press them into very high quality olive oil. He also acquired a railway station to ship his fruits and olive oils all over United States. Originally admitted to the county of Los Angeles as Mirada Hills in the early part of 1960, residents voted to change the name to La Mirada in December of the same year.

The city is home private Christian university, Biola University. It’s K-12 education is primarily handled by the Norwalk-La Mirada school district, but some areas are part of the East Whittier City School District and Whittier Union High School District. Also in nearby Whittier is Rio Hondo Community College.


Known for its quiet neighborhoods, Placentia surprisingly has an estimated population of over 50,000 residents. It is a charter city with an elected city council. It was named an All-American city in 1971.

The historic home of a founding resident, George Key is preserved as part of the George Key Ranch Historic Park and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Other preserved homes in the area are the A.S. Bradford House, which also functions as a museum, and the Berkenstock Mansion.

Home to one of 13 special district libraries, the Placentia Library District is a single purpose library district governed by a board of trustees. The library was originally opened in the 1920s and later moved to its current location on Chapman Ave.

In addition to the Placentia-Yorba Linda school district. Placentia is home to Parkview School an independent K-12 study program for students, which an alternative to classroom based instruction is desired.


Incorporated as part of Los Angeles County in 1898, Whittier is home historic Whittier College. The college is located at the edge of the downtown area known to residents as “Uptown Whittier”. This area is the historic center of town and contains many Craftsman and Colonial Spanish homes. These homes and many others in the area that surround Whittier College are part of the Whittier Historic Neighborhood Association.

Although the land originally belonged to a Spanish soldier, the Quakers moved into the area and quickly flourished creating the city in the 1800s. The city is named for John Greenleaf Whittier who was a well-respected Quaker poet that settled in the area in the late 1890s. They later created an academy for studies that became Whittier College in 1896.

The area is also home to the Pio Pico State Historic Park, which is located on Pioneer Road. Pico was one of the original settlers in the area and he was the last governor of Alta California prior to the Mexican-American war.

While steeped in history the Whittier Redevelopment Agency is looking toward the future. They have several revitalization projects planned aimed at bringing in new businesses to the area. Also recently renovated is the newly renamed shopping district known as Whitwood Town Center. The center features many dining and shopping establisments. It is located off of Whittier Blvd. The city is currently home to an estimated population of over 85,000 residents.

Getting into and out of Whittier is fairly easy as the city is located near the 605 Freeway. They also boast many other options of commute including State Route 72, which in part overlays Whttier Blvd as well as a robust bus system with routes hosted by Metro, Foothill Transit, Montebello Bus Lines and Norwalk Transit.


Located off of the 57 freeway in the northern end of Orange County with an estimated population of around 40,000 residents, Brea has a rich history. The name of the city means “oil” or “tar” after the discovery of crude oil in the area. The city is actually a merger of two smaller towns, Olinda and Randolph, created during the oil boom in the 1800’s. The two cities merged in 1911 and by 1917, Brea was officially incorporated. When crude oil production slowed the areas growth was driven by the citrus industry. In the 1970s, the 57 Freeway was expanded and Brea Mall was built turning the city into a retail hub. In the 1990’s a portion of Brea Blvd. and Birch St. were turned into the Brea Downtown featuring shopping, dining and entertainment. Now, Brea is known as a city to dine, shop, and enjoy. In the mid 1970s the city started their Art in Public Places program and visitors and residents can see a variety of art all through the city. It was named as one of Sunset Magazine’s top five suburbs to live in the Western United States in 2006.

The city is home to the Brea-Olinda School District which features 6 elementary schools, in addition to Brea-Olinda High School. Many of the schools are blue ribbon award winning schools including Arovista Elementary and Brea-Olinda High School among others.


Tucked into the Northwest corner of Orange County, La Habra was founded in 1896 and incorporated as part of Orange County in 1925. Despite its estimated population of over 60,000 residents, La Habra retains a small town feel to it. The name La Habra refers to “The Pass Through the Hills” as La Habra is a natural pass through the hills to the north as discovered by Spanish Explorers in the 1700s.

Toward the end of the 1920s the city was the largest avocado center in Southern California. The city is home to the Children’s Museum at La Habra on Euclid Street. This award winning interactive museum for young children was founded in the late 1970s. It is housed in a historic 1923 Union Pacific train depot. When it first opened it was 1 of a few such museums on the west coast.

The public school district in the area is the La Habra school district for K-8 education and Fullerton Joint Union High School District for 9-12th grades.


Home to the Richard Nixon Presidential Library, Yorba Linda features an estimated population of well over 60, 000 residents. It is named for the Yorba Family who were the original founders of the area in the 1800’s. The area thrived in the early 1900’s because of a vibrant agricultural industry that included citrus production. It is now home to the Savi Ranch shopping district off of Weyr Canyon Road. Part of the Placentia-Yorba Linda school district, Yorba Linda opened its first public high school in 2009.

In 2005, the city was ranked 21st by CNN on their list of ‘Best Places to Live in the U.S.” It has been identified by the U.S. Census Bureau as on one of the richest cities in the United States.


Just north of La Habra is La Habra Heights. It’s best known as the home of the original Hass Avocado Mother Tree, which was planted in the 1920s by Rudolph Hass. The fruits of this tree have become one of the most popular varieties worldwide. Sadly the original Hass Avocado Mother Tree caught root rot and died in 2002. In more recent years, the La Habra Heights municipal code established codes for animal keeping which allow residents to keep animals, such as horses, on their property.

Despite being right next door to La Habra, La Habra Heights is actually part of Los Angeles County. The small community has an estimated population of over 5, 000 residents. Although the town was originally settled in the mid to late 1910s, it wasn’t incorporated as part of the county until 1978.

La Habra Heights does not have its own school district and students are routed to schools in the Lowell Joint School District as well as La Habra and Sonora High Schools.