During 1857, 50 German immigrants traveled across California to find new land to develop. Juan Pacifico Ontivero sold the group 1,165 acres in Orange County during the same year, which led to the formation of a new community named Anaheim.
The name “Anaheim” was constructed based on the nearby Santa Ana River and the German “heim,” which translates to “home.” Spanish-speaking inhabitants of neighboring areas referred to Anaheim as Camp Alemán, which in English means “German field.”
The first 50 settlers of Anaheim designated 40 acres of land to build a school and a town center. The Anaheim Gazette, the local newspaper, was founded in 1870, then Anaheim constructed a hotel in 1871.
Between about 1870-1885, Anaheim was California’s biggest wine producer. After a disease spread across the grape vines, the industry declined rapidly and was replaced by orange, lemon, and walnut crops.
Today, Anaheim is a bustling agricultural and commercial city with a population of about 350,000.
An estimated 24% of residents are under 18, while the majority of residents are between 18-44 years old. The remaining 35% of residents are 45 years of age and over.
As for racial diversity, 54% of Anaheim residents are Hispanic, 25% are White, and 16% are Asian. 2% of the population is African American, and 2% are biracial or multiracial.
28% of the population has some college education or an associate’s degree, while 18% have a bachelor’s degree and another 7% have a master’s degree or above.
The median household income is about $65K. The unemployment rate is around 4.5%, and the poverty rate generally trends at 16%.
TOP Anaheim HIGHLIGHTS
From March through September, the temperatures in Anaheim hover in the 60s and 70s – comfortable enough to walk around, enjoy the beaches, catch an Angels baseball game or a Ducks hockey game, take hiking adventures, or explore the various dining and shopping sites.
There is barely any rain here from June to August. Those who are not fans of the wet weather should avoid going out in January and February – when one is likely to experience the rainiest days. The coldest month is January when temperatures dip to 48°F.
The city of Anaheim is located in Orange County, Southern California – an area that is most susceptible to earthquakes because of its proximity to several fault zones that include the San Andreas, Newport-Inglewood, Whittier Elsinore, and San Joaquin Fault Zones.
The risks of damage from an earthquake in the city is higher than both the Ohio and the national averages. According to the USGS, there is a 97.48% chance of a major earthquake within 50 kilometers of the city of Anaheim within the next 50 years.
Other natural disasters that are considered major threats to the city include localized flooding from severe winter storms, landslides, and wildland fires.
The Santa Ana River passes through the city of Anaheim, and areas located near the river are prone to severe flooding that causes damage to properties, roads, and public utilities.
Anaheim Commute Time
Anaheim Commuter Travel Behavior
The mean travel time to work for residents 25 years and above in Anaheim is 26.5 minutes.
This relatively short commute distance makes sense considering that Anaheim on the whole is situated around the 91 Freeway, which runs east to west through the city. Additionally, Interstate 5 cuts diagonally through Anaheim, and Interstate 405 is just south of the city.
Other useful and well-connected local roadways include Orange Freeway, Riverside Freeway, Santa Ana Freeway, and Costa Mesa Freeway.
It takes about 40 minutes to reach Los Angeles by car, and John Wayne Airport is about a 20 minute drive south of Anaheim.
Anaheim’s crime rate is higher than the national average, but it is not among the cities with the highest crime rates in the U.S.
Overall, the crime rate in Anaheim is about 28 per 1,000 residents. This rate is about 8% higher than the national average. Anaheim’s crime rate is higher than about 76% of communities in California. The city is safer than about 31% of cities in the U.S.
Violent crime rate in the area is 3.39 per 1,000 residents or about 12% lower than the national average.
Property crime rate, meanwhile, is higher at a rate of 24 per 1,000 residents. This rate is about 12% higher than the national average.
In 2018, the crime rate in the area declined by 5.23% compared to the 2017 figures.
Some of the safest neighborhoods in the city include Northeast Anaheim which is safer than about 53% of neighborhoods in California, and Colony which is safer than about 17% of neighborhoods in California.
Anaheim’s government is a council-mayor structure that gives the city council legislative authority. There are 7 council members who work alongside a city manager selected by the council to govern daily operations.
Council members are elected by district instead of on an at-large basis to serve for 4 year staggered terms of office.
Anaheim Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1895 and has since been focused on constructing a strong local economy and promoting Anaheim businesses through the creation of networking events and developmental opportunities.
This chamber of commerce encourages new, established, big, and small businesses alike to contribute to Anaheim’s economic prosperity.
Anaheim’s city mayor is elected to serve as the presiding officer on Anaheim’s city council. The mayor is elected on an at large basis and acts in a first among equals capacity during council meetings. An elected mayor has a limit of 2 terms of office.
Anaheim Population 2020
Anaheim is home to nearly 350,000 people. Females comprise 51% of residents and males make up 49%. 34 years is the median age. An estimated 27% of the population belong to the 35 to 54 age bracket, while around 18% belong to the 5 to 17 age group.
The over 51-mile area has a population density of 7,013. Anaheim’s population continues to boom at a rate of 0.68% every year. The population has grown by 4.76% since the 2010 census.
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Anaheim Diversity 2020
Anaheim is ethnically diverse compared to nearby cities in California. White residents account for 67.3% of the population. This is followed by Asian residents at 16.7%, while 9.4% of residents have other races.
Many of the people living in Anaheim also have English, European, Italian, German, and Irish racial or ethnic backgrounds.
Most of the residents in Anaheim speak Spanish at 43.5%. 29.2% speak only English, and 4.7% speak Vietnamese.
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Anaheim Education 2020
High school graduates comprise 77% of the adults in the 25 and above age bracket in Anaheim. Those who have finished college represent 21%. Over 121,000 or 52% of residents have experience in college education.
Over 42,000 or 26% hold a bachelor’s degree, more than 16,000 or 7% have an associate degree, and more than 15,800 or 7% have graduate degrees.
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SCHOOLS IN Anaheim
The younger residents of Anaheim, CA are serviced by 7 total public school districts.
The city has a grand total of 74 public schools within its borders, and 47 of the campuses are primary or elementary schools. 9 Campuses are junior high or middle school campuses, and 14 campuses are high school campuses. Meanwhile, 3 public schools in the city provide alternative education for students. The majority of public schools in Anaheim are highly-rated and well-reviewed.
Some of the top public schools in Anaheim are Woodsboro Elementary School, Bernardo Yorba Middle School, Kraemer Middle School, Esperanza High School, and Valencia High School.
In addition to public schools, Anaheim also has a wide range of private schools available for students. Fairmont Preparatory Academy, Cornelia Connelly School, Service High School, Acaciawood School, and Orange County Christian School are among the most well-rated and high-quality private schools in the city.
Anaheim Elementary School District includes 25 elementary schools and educates about 17,000 students.
Magnolia School District includes 9 elementary schools, 7 of which are California Gold Ribbon Schools. Meanwhile, Savanna School District has 4 K-6 schools.
Anaheim Union High School District includes 8 junior high schools and 8 high schools. The 3 before-mentioned districts feed into this district.
Centralia School District is a K-6 school system with 8 elementary campuses and 4,500 students.
Orange Unified School District has 29 elementary schools, 5 middle schools, and 4 high schools.
Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District has 22 elementary schools, 6 middle school campuses, 5 9-12 campuses, and 2 home schools.
Anaheim Housing 2020
The median value of a property in Anaheim is estimated to be $585K.
33.5% of real estate in this seller’s market varies between $631K-$946K. 5.2% of properties are priced between $946K-$1.2 million, and 2% of the real estate market is worth over $1.2 million. Meanwhile, 27.8% of real estate varies between $505K-$631K, and 18.3% range from $379K-$505K. 5.6% of properties are priced between $252K-$379K, and 7.7% of properties are worth under $252K.
Anaheim’s appreciation rates were in the top 10% nationally between December 2009 and December 2019. During this time period, real estate appreciated 70.74%, which breaks down into an average annual appreciation rate of 5.50%.
Between December 2015-December 2019 specifically, home prices roughly stayed on an upward trajectory and continued to increase.
Considering Anaheim’s real estate history and current trends, it’s safe to say that properties in the city are solid long term investments.
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Anaheim Homes for Sale
About 55.7% of Anaheim properties are rented, and 44.3% of residences are owner-occupied. Generally, 4.1% of properties are vacant.
2.4% of properties were constructed in or before 1939. 42.2% were built between 1940-1969, and another 47.3% of properties were built between 1970-1999, which means that a large number of homes in Anaheim have at least a few decades under their belts. Just 8.1% of housing options in the city were built in or after 2000.
The majority of housing options at 41.9% are detached single family residences, and apartment complexes are the second most prevalent type of property at 35.8%. About 10% of properties are smaller apartment buildings, and the remaining residences are condominiums type structures.
Housing options vary greatly in terms of size, seeing as about 20% of properties have 1 bedroom, 30% have 2 bedrooms, 30% have 3 bedrooms, and about 20% of properties have 4 or more bedrooms.
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Anaheim Economy 2020
Of the 170,000 members of the workforce in Anaheim, 75% are white-collar workers. There are a lot of employees in the city who work in construction, manufacturing, and retail trade.
Nearly 6% of the population is unemployed, while around 15% live below the poverty line.
The estimated median household income in Anaheim is above the US average by 23% at $69,443. A resident here earns an average annual salary that is 49% higher than the US median at $55,670. The per capita income in the area is $27,501.
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Cost of Living
As an entertainment mecca and home to high-profile businesses and thriving neighborhoods, Anaheim is among the cities in the U.S. with a cost of living that is higher than the national average.
The cost of living in Anaheim is about 43% higher than the national average, and about two percent higher than the California average.
With a median home value of about $644,000, housing costs in Anaheim are significantly high – about 118% higher than the national average.
One can also expect to pay for transportation expenses that are about 30% higher than the national average. Prices of groceries are about 16% higher than the national average, while the costs of healthcare are about 9% higher than the national average.
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Some of the most notable neighborhoods in Anaheim are Hermosa Village, Anaheim Shores, Northwest Anaheim, Anaheim Colony Historic District, and Yorba Linda.
On the whole, the eastern half of Anaheim contains the most expensive neighborhoods with the highest cost of living. Central eastern neighborhoods have a median real estate price of over $1.1 million. This number is more costly than 87.6% of California neighborhoods and a whopping 97.5% of neighborhoods across the United States.
The farthest eastern part of town has a median real estate price of $868K, which is still impressive on a statewide scale and more costly than about 95% of residential areas across the country.
More affordable neighborhoods can be found in Anaheim’s western half, seeing as the median real estate price in western areas is about $775K. Even so, this median is still more costly than about 70% of California residential areas and more expensive than around 93% of neighborhoods in the country.