La Palma, California
La Palma Civic Center
|Motto: "Where Tradition and Vision Come Together"|
Location of La Palma within Orange County, California.
|Incorporated||October 26, 1955|
|• City Council||Mayor Steve Hwangbo
Peter L. Kim
|• City Manager||Ellen Volmert|
|• Total||1.832 sq mi (4.744 km2)|
|• Land||1.808 sq mi (4.682 km2)|
|• Water||0.024 sq mi (0.063 km2) 1.32%|
|Elevation||46 ft (14 m)|
|• Density||8,513/sq mi (3,286.8/km2)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC-8)|
|• Summer (DST)||PDT (UTC-7)|
|GNIS feature ID||1652737|
|Website||City of La Palma, California Website|
La Palma is an affluent city located in northern Orange County, California. The population was 15,408 at the 2000 census.
In 2013, La Palma was ranked 31st in the "Best places to live" among small cities (50,000 or less) in the United States by CNN's Money magazine. In 2007, it was ranked 16th best place to live in the US. The rankings are based on the small-and-friendly neighborhood vibe, high-ranking schools, low crime-rate and the lowest police response time in Orange County.
La Palma was incorporated on October 26, 1955. It was originally incorporated as Dairyland, and was one of three dairy cities in the region (the other two being Dairy Valley in Cerritos and Dairy City in Cypress) but when the dairies moved east in 1965, the name of the community was changed to La Palma, after the region's Spanish heritage and its main thoroughfare, La Palma Avenue.
La Palma is located at (33.849327, -118.043951).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.82 square miles (4.7 km2). 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2) of it is land and 0.02 square miles (0.052 km2) of it (1.32%) is water. This makes it the smallest city in Orange County in terms of area.
The 2010 United States Census reported that La Palma had a population of 15,568. The population density was 8,499.1 people per square mile (3,281.5/km²). The racial makeup of La Palma was 5,762 (37.0%) White (27.8% Non-Hispanic White), 802 (5.2%) African American, 56 (0.4%) Native American, 7,483 (48.1%) Asian, 41 (0.3%) Pacific Islander, 760 (4.9%) from other races, and 664 (4.3%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2,487 persons (16.0%).
The Census reported that 15,548 people (99.9% of the population) lived in households, 14 (0.1%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 6 (0%) were institutionalized.
There were 5,080 households, out of which 1,949 (38.4%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 3,331 (65.6%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 641 (12.6%) had a female householder with no husband present, 240 (4.7%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 134 (2.6%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 26 (0.5%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 716 households (14.1%) were made up of individuals and 389 (7.7%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.06. There were 4,212 families (82.9% of all households); the average family size was 3.37.
The population was spread out with 3,423 people (22.0%) under the age of 18, 1,418 people (9.1%) aged 18 to 24, 3,805 people (24.4%) aged 25 to 44, 4,445 people (28.6%) aged 45 to 64, and 2,477 people (15.9%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.2 years. For every 100 females there were 93.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.7 males.
There were 5,224 housing units at an average density of 2,852.0 per square mile (1,101.1/km²), of which 3,648 (71.8%) were owner-occupied, and 1,432 (28.2%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 0.3%; the rental vacancy rate was 6.0%. 11,315 people (72.7% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 4,233 people (27.2%) lived in rental housing units.
According to the 2010 United States Census, La Palma had a median household income of $87,289, with 7.2% of the population living below the federal poverty line. 
As of the census of 2000, there were 15,408 people, 4,979 households, and 4,227 families residing in the city. The population density was 8,499.3 inhabitants per square mile (3,286.8/km²). There were 5,066 housing units at an average density of 2,794.5 per square mile (1,080.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 44.6% Asian, 36.3% White, 10.3% Hispanic, 4.5% Black, .3% Pacific Islander, .2% Native American, .2% from other races, and 3.5% from two or more races.
There were 4,979 households out of which 37.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.5% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 15.1% were non-families. 11.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.09 and the average family size was 3.35.
In the city the population was spread out with 23.8% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 29.0% from 25 to 44, 28.3% from 45 to 64, and 10.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.3 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $68,438, and the median income for a family was $74,524. Males had a median income of $50,988 versus $36,242 for females. The per capita income for the city was $26,598. About 4.0% of families and 4.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.0% of those under age 18 and 2.8% of those age 65 or over.
According to La Palma's 2010 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city were:
|#||Employer||# of Employees|
|2||La Palma Intercommunity Hospital||480|
|3||BP West Coast Products||300|
|5||Anaheim Union High School District||205|
|10||C & D Zodiac||80|
In the state legislature La Palma is located in the 29th Senate District, represented by Republican Bob Huff, and in the 65th Assembly District, represented by Democrat Sharon Quirk-Silva. Federally, La Palma is located in California's 38th congressional district, represented by Democrat Linda Sánchez.
- Los Coyotes Elementary
- Miller Elementary
- Steve Luther Elementary
- Walker Junior High School
- John F. Kennedy High School
- Oxford Academy
- Beacon Day School for Children with Autism and Related Disorders
Fire protection in La Palma is provided by the Orange County Fire Authority with ambulance transport by Care Ambulance Service. The La Palma Police Department provides law enforcement services under the command of Chief Eric R. Nuñez.
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