Villa Park, California
|City of Villa Park|
|Motto: Villa Park, the Hidden Jewel|
Location of Villa Park within Orange County, California
|Incorporated||January 11, 1962|
|• Type||General law, 5 person council|
|• Mayor||Rick Barnett|
|• Total||2.078 sq mi (5.383 km2)|
|• Land||2.078 sq mi (5.383 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2) 0%|
|Elevation||341 ft (104 m)|
|• Density||2,800/sq mi (1,100/km2)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC-8)|
|• Summer (DST)||PDT (UTC-7)|
|GNIS feature IDs||1661640, 2412158|
Villa Park is an affluent city in northern Orange County, California, near and surrounded by the city of Orange, and close to Anaheim Hills, that incorporated in 1962. As of the 2010 Census, the city had a population of 5,812, down from 5,999 at the 2000 census, achieving the status of the smallest city in Orange County by population (La Palma is Orange County's smallest city in area). Villa Park includes about 2,000 homes and the land is nearly 99% built out. The city is largely zoned for single-family residences and are located on larger lots that average about 20,000 square feet (1,900 m2) or 1/2 acre in size. Within the city limits there is one small shopping center that includes a Ralph's "Fresh Fare" grocery store, three banks, a pharmacy with a postal substation, and a variety of stores and offices. City Hall, including a community room, and a branch of the Orange County Public Library are located adjacent to the city's only shopping center. Also nearby are some professional offices, and three restaurants, including Rockwell's Cafe & Bakery.
There are a total of four public schools with the city, including Serrano and Villa Park Elementary Schools, Cerro Villa Middle School, and Villa Park High School. All four schools are operated by the Orange Unified School District, which also happens to be the largest employer within the city.
Perhaps ironically, there are no public parks within the entire city limits. Many homes have pools or tennis courts, or both. Unlike the urban areas of Orange County which are situated west of the city, Villa Park has winding streets and it is known for having a rural feel with few sidewalks and limited street lights. Throughout the city are many trees and flowers located in planted medians and parkways that contribute to a rural, green-belt like ambiance. Surrounded by the city of Orange, Villa Park appears as an enclave or "perforation" within the city of Orange. This is due largely to the fact that Villa Park's early unwillingness to annex land beyond Santiago Creek, to annex the lands east of a Southern California Edison Power Line Easement that sat between the city of Villa Park and Anaheim Hills, eventually being annexed by the city of Orange. Villa Park also has a little league (baseball) for kids from the ages of 4-14. It was started in 1964, and in 2014 the little league celebrated its 50th anniversary.
Members of the Tongva and Juaneño/Luiseño nations long inhabited this area. After the 1769 expedition of Gaspar de Portolà, a Spanish expedition led by Father Junipero Serra named the area Vallejo de Santa Ana (Valley of Saint Anne). On November 1, 1776, Mission San Juan Capistrano became the areas first permanent European settlement in Alta California, New Spain. In 1810, the Spanish Empire granted 62,500 acres (253 km2) to Jose Antonio Yorba, which he named Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana. Yorba's great rancho included the lands where the cities of Olive, Orange, Villa Park, Santa Ana, Tustin, Costa Mesa and Newport Beach stand today.
After the Mexican-American war in 1848, Alta California became part of the United States in 1850 and American settlers arrived in this area.
Villa Park was known as "Mountain View" in the 1860s. The U.S. Post Office refused to allow the local post office to be called "Mountain View" because there was already a post office with that name in Northern California (Mountain View), so the new local post office and the area came to be called Villa Park.
Originally Villa Park was an agricultural area producing, in turn, grapes, walnuts, and apricots. Finally, citrus became the major crop for about 60 years. Citrus ranchers and their families molded Villa Park into a vital community and organized its incorporation to save it from what they felt were the unwelcome zoning practices from the eastward-moving city of Orange.
These ranchers established the Serrano Water District, which still provides Villa Park's water. (The district office is located on Lincoln Street.) They also founded the Villa Park Orchard's Association, still a thriving business in Orange, although the packing house that was the dominant Villa Park landmark for many years, located west of the shopping center, was torn down in 1983. The citrus groves yielded to the developers, but the pioneers left an enduring legacy in zoning for housing with lots of 0.5 acres (2,000 m2), that has been instrumental in shaping the city's character.
Villa Park is located at (33.816183, -117.811106).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.1 square miles (5.4 km2), all land.
Villa Park's boundaries are best described as Santiago Boulevard, which generally runs north-south, eastward to Santiago Creek and Cannon Street (Orange) or Imperial Highway (Anaheim Hills), and from Meats Avenue (north) southward to approximately Villa Park Road/Lincoln Avenue.
The city is governed by five council members (Mayor Rick Barnett, Mayor pro tem Diana Fascenelli, Councilwoman Deborah Pauly, Councilman Brad Reese and Councilman Greg Mills), each elected for four-year terms, who serve without pay and meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. Residents are encouraged to attend and participate in these meetings and the political life of the city. Council agendas are posted on the bulletin board outside of the City Hall. There are also a full-time appointed City Managers, a small office staff, and a maintenance crew. Police, fire, legal, and engineering services are contracted for outside of the city.
In terms of voter registration, Villa Park is a Republican stronghold, as 66.0% of its 4,533 registered voters declared their affiliation with the party. 17.3% are registered Democrats, and 14.3% were unaffiliated voters.
In the California State Legislature, the city is represented by Senator Mimi Walters (a Republican from the 29th Senate District) and Assemblyman Don Wagner (a Republican from the 68th Assembly District). On the Orange County Board of Supervisors, Villa Park is represented by the 3rd District's Todd Spitzer.
The 2010 United States Census reported that Villa Park had a population of 5,812. The population density was 2,796.6 people per square mile (1,079.8/km²). The racial makeup of Villa Park was 4,550 (78.3%) White (71.9% Non-Hispanic White), 42 (0.7%) African American, 34 (0.6%) Native American, 854 (14.7%) Asian, 1 (0.0%) Pacific Islander, 162 (2.8%) from other races, and 169 (2.9%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 598 persons (10.3%).
The census reported that 5,767 people (99.2% of the population) lived in households, 40 (0.7%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 5 (0.1%) were institutionalized.
There were 1,976 households, out of which 625 (31.6%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 1,525 (77.2%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 123 (6.2%) had a female householder with no husband present, 80 (4.0%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 36 (1.8%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 8 (0.4%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 208 households (10.5%) were made up of individuals and 144 (7.3%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.92. There were 1,728 families (87.4% of all households); the average family size was 3.11.
The population was spread out with 1,164 people (20.0%) under the age of 18, 458 people (7.9%) aged 18 to 24, 845 people (14.5%) aged 25 to 44, 1,934 people (33.3%) aged 45 to 64, and 1,411 people (24.3%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 49.6 years. For every 100 females there were 97.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.8 males.
There were 2,016 housing units at an average density of 970.1 per square mile (374.5/km²), of which 1,886 (95.4%) were owner-occupied, and 90 (4.6%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 0.5%; the rental vacancy rate was 3.2%. 5,486 people (94.4% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 281 people (4.8%) lived in rental housing units.
According to the 2010 United States Census, Villa Park had a median household income of $153,726, with 2.8% of the population living below the federal poverty line. 
As of the census of 2000, there were 5,999 people, 1,950 households, and 1,764 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,844.9 inhabitants per square mile (1,097.7/km²). There were 2,008 housing units at an average density of 952.2 per square mile (367.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 82.40% White, 0.80% African American, 0.43% Native American, 12.92% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.93% from other races, and 2.48% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.90% of the population.
There were 1,950 households out of which 34.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 82.1% were married couples living together, 6.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 9.5% were non-families. 7.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.07 and the average family size was 3.22.
In the city the population was spread out with 24.7% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 21.2% from 25 to 44, 32.9% from 45 to 64, and 14.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 101.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.6 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $116,203, and the median income for a family was $124,852. Males had a median income of $78,563 versus $46,667 for females.
- Serrano Elementary School — Home of the Eagles
- Villa Park Elementary — Home of the Bobcats
- Cerro Villa Middle School — Home of the Vikings
- Villa Park High School — Home of the Spartans
- Bert Blyleven, Major League Baseball player
- Aaron Boone, Major League Baseball Player
- Aaron Corp, Richmond quarterback
- Kevin Costner graduated from Villa Park High School in 1973.
- Susan McCaw, US Ambassador to Austria
- Pat McInally, former National Football League player (and only NFL player to score a perfect 50 on the Wonderlic Test)
- L.J. Smith, Author, The Vampire Diaries
- Mark Trumbo, Arizona Diamondbacks' 1st Baseman and outfielder, graduated from Villa Park High School
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