La Habra, California
|City of La Habra|
|— City —|
|Motto: "A Caring Community"|
|Orange County, California.|
|• Total||7.376 sq mi (19.104 km2)|
|• Land||7.370 sq mi (19.088 km2)|
|• Water||0.006 sq mi (0.016 km2) 0.08%|
|Elevation||299 ft (91 m)|
|• Density||8,200/sq mi ( 3,200/km2)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC-8)|
|• Summer (DST)||PDT (UTC-7)|
|Area code(s)||562, 714|
|GNIS feature ID||1652735|
|Website||City of La Habra California|
La Habra is a city in the northwestern corner of Orange County, California. In the 2010 census, the city had a population of 60,239. Its related city, La Habra Heights, is located to the north of La Habra, and is in Los Angeles County.
Origin of name
In the ranchos days when vast herds of Mexican cattle and horses grazed over the hills and valleys of Southern California, Mariano Reyes Roldan was granted 6,698 acres (27 km2) and named his land Rancho Cañada de La Habra. The year was 1839, and the name referred to the “Pass Through the Hills,” the natural pass to the north first discovered by Spanish explorers in 1769. In the 1860s Abel Stearns purchased Rancho La Habra. Soon thereafter, heavy flooding followed by a severe drought brought bankruptcy to many cattle ranchers.
The first La Habra Post Office was established in 1898 in a corner of Coy's Store at Central (now La Habra Boulevard) and Euclid Street.
The City was incorporated under general law on January 20, 1925 with a population of 3,000. The Police Force was organized in 1926 and employed a Chief, Traffic Officer and Patrolman. By 1928, the City bore the distinction of being the largest avocado center in Southern California. In 1930 the first Fire Department building was constructed followed by the original City Hall in 1935. By 1950 the population reached nearly 5,000. The Civic Center took shape when the existing County Library was dedicated in 1966, followed by the present Administration Building in 1969.
Richard Milhous Nixon opened his first law office in La Habra just west of the Civic Center on the north side of La Habra Boulevard. That brick building was demolished in the 1990s for the construction of the City's Community Center.
For over seventy years La Habra was known as the city just south of La Habra Heights where the Hass avocado, of the Hass Avocado Mother Tree, was planted by Rudolph Hass in the 1920s. The fruit from this tree has since become one of the most popular avocado cultivars worldwide. The Hass Mother Tree succumbed to root rot in 2002.
The La Habra Stakes, run since 1973 at the Santa Anita Park Thoroughbred race track, is named for La Habra. Although La Habra lies within Orange County, the city contracts with the Los Angeles County Fire Department for EMS and fire protection.
Law enforcement is provided by the La Habra Police Department, which in 2008 employed about 70 officers. From 2004 to 2008, they ranked third in the number of officer-involved shootings among twenty Orange County municipal police departments. One case among these, the 2007 death of Michael Cho, resulted in a wrongful death lawsuit against the city which was settled in September 2010 for $250,000.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.4 square miles (19 km2), 99.92% of it land and 0.08% of it water.
The 2010 United States Census reported that La Habra had a population of 60,239. The population density was 8,166.8 people per square mile (3,153.2/km²). The racial makeup of La Habra was 35,147 (58.3%) White, 1,025 (1.7%) African American, 531 (0.9%) Native American, 5,653 (9.4%) Asian, 103 (0.2%) Pacific Islander, 15,224 (25.3%) from other races, and 2,556 (4.2%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 34,449 persons (57.2%).
The Census reported that 59,899 people (99.4% of the population) lived in households, 169 (0.3%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 171 (0.3%) were institutionalized.
There were 18,977 households, out of which 7,937 (41.8%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 10,078 (53.1%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 2,905 (15.3%) had a female householder with no husband present, 1,327 (7.0%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 1,158 (6.1%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 119 (0.6%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 3,651 households (19.2%) were made up of individuals and 1,440 (7.6%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.16. There were 14,310 families (75.4% of all households); the average family size was 3.58.
The population was spread out with 16,062 people (26.7%) under the age of 18, 6,353 people (10.5%) aged 18 to 24, 17,349 people (28.8%) aged 25 to 44, 13,926 people (23.1%) aged 45 to 64, and 6,549 people (10.9%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33.6 years. For every 100 females there were 97.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.0 males.
There were 19,924 housing units at an average density of 2,701.2 per square mile (1,042.9/km²), of which 10,941 (57.7%) were owner-occupied, and 8,036 (42.3%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.5%; the rental vacancy rate was 6.2%. 33,609 people (55.8% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 26,290 people (43.6%) lived in rental housing units.
As of the census of 2000, there were 58,974 people, 18,947 households, and 14,020 families residing in the city. The population density was 8,045.8 inhabitants per square mile (3,106.4/km²). There were 19,441 housing units at an average density of 2,652.3 per square mile (1,024.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 41.40% White, 1.40% Black or African American, 0.96% Native American, 6.00% Asian, 0.22% Pacific Islander, 2.20% from other races, and 4.67% from two or more races. 49.00% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 19,042 households out of which 39.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.5% were married couples living together, 13.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.0% were non-families. 21.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.08 and the average family size was 3.56.
In the city the population was spread out with 29.1% under the age of 18, 10.3% from 18 to 24, 31.7% from 25 to 44, 18.2% from 45 to 64, and 10.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 97.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.7 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $47,652, and the median income for a family was $51,971. Males had a median income of $36,813 versus $30,466 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,923. About 19.1% of families and 22.9% of the population were below the poverty line.
According to the City's 2009 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:
|#||Employer||# of employees|
|3||City of La Habra||435|
|6||La Habra Bakery||242|
|8||The Home Depot||140|
|9||La Habra Convalescent Hospital||140|
La Habra's mayor is Rose Espinosa  In the state legislature La Habra is located in the 29th Senate District, represented by Republican Bob Huff, and in the 55th Assembly District, represented by Republicans Curt Hagman. Federally, La Habra is located in California's 39th congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of R +7 and is represented by Republican Ed Royce.
- Rusty Anderson - guitarist, singer, songwriter and music producer; born in La Habra.
- Librado Andrade - Mexican boxer in the Super Middleweight division and older brother of Enrique; raised in La Habra.
- Boyd Coddington - Famous Hot Rod builder
- Cathy Cooper (artist)
- Jeanette Dimech - Spanish singer
- The Funeral Pyre - Blackened death metal band
- Natalie Golda - Water polo player, Olympian
- Jennifer Hanson - Country music singer
- Jenna Haze - Adult film actress
- Ronnie Hillman - NFL Running Back
- Mark Kostabi - Modern artist and composer
- John N. Lotz - Air National Guard Brigadier General
- Ann Meyers - Basketball player, Olympian. First player to be part of the U.S. National team while still in high school.
- Alan Newman - Major League Baseball Player
- Richard Nixon - American president
- Enrique Ornelas - Mexican boxer in the Middleweight division and younger brother of Librado; raised in La Habra.
- Anne Ramsay - Actress
- Jose Luis Razo, Jr. - Noted criminal, Dubbed the "Harvard Homeboy"
- Nadya Suleman - Mother of the longest living octuplets
- Diane Wakoski - Poet and essayist. Winner of the prestigious William Carlos Williams award for her book Emerald Ice
- Zebrahead - Punk rock/pop punk band
- Norma Zimmer - Honorary Mayor of the City of La Habra in 1975 and Featured Singer and "Champagne Lady" of the Lawrence Welk Show.
- "City of La Habra California". City of La Habra California. Retrieved September 12, 2012.
- U.S. Census
- "Profile for La Habra, California, CA". ePodunk. Retrieved September 12, 2012.
- Kim, Kenneth; Kim, Sangjin (February 24, 2008), "Gone in 41 Seconds — Police Quick to Kill Korean Artist", New America Media, retrieved 2008-02-26
- Ponsi, Lou (2010-09-15), "Lawsuit in deadly La Habra police shooting is settled", The Orange Country Register, retrieved 2011-05-08
- All data are derived from the United States Census Bureau reports from the 2010 United States Census, and are accessible on-line here. The data on unmarried partnerships and same-sex married couples are from the Census report DEC_10_SF1_PCT15. All other housing and population data are from Census report DEC_10_DP_DPDP1. Both reports are viewable online or downloadable in a zip file containing a comma-delimited data file. The area data, from which densities are calculated, are available on-line here. Percentage totals may not add to 100% due to rounding. The Census Bureau defines families as a household containing one or more people related to the householder by birth, opposite-sex marriage, or adoption. People living in group quarters are tabulated by the Census Bureau as neither owners nor renters. For further details, see the text files accompanying the data files containing the Census reports mentioned above.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- City of La Habra CAFR
- "New councilman seated, Beamish named mayor". Orange County register. Retrieved 2009-03-12.
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