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Demographics and Economic Profile

1.  LOCATION:  Buena Park, County of Orange, founded in 1887, incorporated in 1953.  Lcated 22 miles southeast of  Los Angeles and 442 miles southeast of San Francisco.  10.29 sq. mi. 

2.  POPULATION STATISTICS:
                                1961            1990            1995          2004
Buena Park            35,000         68,784         73,864       80,600    
County                                  2,326,211    2,641,355                               

3.  ETHNICITY: (2003 figures) Anglo 38.2%    Afric.Amer: 4.5%  Hisp. 33.5%     Asian:  22.7%  Amer. Indian : 1.8%

4.  MEDIAN AGE:   (2001 figures) 32    65 and older:  7,305     Under 18:  23,021

5.  HOUSEHOLDS:  (2001 figures)  Owner-Occupied:  13,657   Renter Occupied:  10,169   Total: 23,826

6.  MEDIAN INCOME:  (2002 figures) $57,000

7.  HOUSING:  Median home value: $410,000   Apartment Rent $700 - $1200 

8.  CLIMATE:   Prevailing winds SW-NW; mean hourly speed: 6 mph.            Elevation:  75’

 Average Temperature:    January: 58.1    April: 63    July: 71        October:  71

 Average Rainfall:    January:  2.72”       April: 1.08”     July: .02”      October:  .56”

9.  TERRAIN:   Flat terrain.  Adequate drainage. Sandy subsoil.Piling is not normally required.  Water mains range from 4” to 35”.  Sewer lines range from 6” to 14”.

10. TRANSPORTATION: 

Rail:       Burlington Northern & Santa Fe, Amtrak, Southern Pacific & Metrolink.  Closest Metrolink station currently in Fullerton, and a Metrolink station should open in Buena Park in 2005.

Truck:    Nearly 600 truck lines operate in the North Orange County area including Buena Park.

Air:          Los Angeles International Airport (25 miles from Buena Park), John Wayne Orange County Airport (12 miles from  Buena Park) and Fullerton Airport – a General Aviation Airport (1 mile from Buena Park).

Bus:        Orange County Transportation Authority(OCTA), Southern California Rapid Transit, Gray Line Tours and other shuttle services to neighboring communities and airports.

Water:    Seaport terminals – Long Beach & Los Angeles

Highways: Buena Park is intersected by the Riverside (91) and Santa Ana (5) freeways as well as Beach Boulevard, a state highway (39).

11.  LABOR MARKET:  Characteristics:  Unionization – construction industry  most highly organized - union members represent over 60% of the total number employed.  Over 10% of manufacturing, wholesale and retail employees are unionized.  Wage rates, extent of unionization, fringe benefits and related information for specific industries and job classifications may be obtained from the State Employment Development Department at 29 Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana, CA 92701.

 Labor force is approximately 40,300 people.    Unemployment rate:  5.9%

12.   MANUFACTURING EMPLOYMENT: 

There are approximately 100 manufacturing plants in Buena Park.  Leading groups: machine and components,  paper products.  Largest area manufacturers  include: 

Georgia Pacific 690 employees Corrugated Containers
Leach Internat'l 610 employees Electronic Mfg.
Nutrilite 900 employees Food/Supplements/Vit.
Ultrawheel 475 employees Auto Wheel Mfg
Pepsi Cola West 410 employees Bottling & Distrib
Mead Packaging 157 employees Paper Cartons
Alloy Die Casting 150 employees Casting Mfg.
John Charles 100 employees Furniture Upholstery

13.           NON-MANUFACTURING EMPLOYMENT
 
Knott's Berry Farm   2,900 employees (peak) Family Entertainment
Yamaha 400 employees Musical Instruments
City Buena Park 567 employees City Government
Amada America 192 employees Machine equipment
Radisson Resort 190 employees Hotel/banquets/mtg
ServiceCraft Dist 480 employees Merchandise Distrib
ADP 150 employees

Payroll processing

                
The former 58 acre Kraft Foods site has been acquired by Security Capital Industrial Trust.  Over 600,000 sq. ft of  new warehousing space has been completed.  Grubb & Ellis are brokers for the project at (714) 937-0881.

14.  TAXES:  Retail Sales Tax:  7.75% effective 1/1/2002 .  Combined total industrial property tax rates 1994-1995 statistics per $100. Assessed value for code area 14,000-14,903:

City tax $.00864
County $.00027
School $.00077
County Flood Control $.00142
Metropolitan Water Dist $.01480
Basic Levy (county, city school & district $1.00000
Buena Park Library Dist $.00239

15: UTILITIES:

NATURAL GAS: Supplier:  Southern California Gas Company.  For rates applicable to Buena Park, call (800) 427-2200

ELECTRICAL:  Supplier:  Southern California Edison.  For rates applicable to Buena Park, call (800) 655-4555

TELEPHONE:  Supplier:  SBC.  For rates applicable to Buena Park, contact: (800) 310-2355

CABLE TELEVISION:  Supplier:  Adelphia.  For rates and types of serves, call (714) 680-4070

WATER:  Supplier:  City of Buena Park.  Call (714) 562-3721.

16. STREET IMPROVEMENT:  Dedication Requirements:  Legal description, title report and plot plan.

Improvement Requirements:  The City requires curb, gutter, sidewalks, paving, storm drains, lighting, street trees, landscaping and underground utilities.  These vary depending on development.  Call (714) 562-3670.

17.  GOVERNMENT TYPE:  Buena Park is a General Law City, with Council/Manager type of Government.

18. ASSESSED FULL VALUATION (1992-1993)  City: $3,435,288,656 
      County: $165,348,168,856

19. POLICE SERVICES: end of 2003:   94 Sworn officers   25 Reserve officers   35 Part time personnel 50 Civilian & 79 volunteers

PART ONE CRIME RATE  FOR YEAR END 2003 - decrease of 3.2% from 1994.

20. FIRE SERVICES:  Fire department services provided by Orange County Fire Authority.

21. COMMUNITY FACILITIES:
Education:        4 school districts serving Buena Park:
                Buena Park School District  (714) 522-8412

                Centralia School District (714) 228-3100

                Fullerton Joint Union High School District (714) 870-2800

                Anaheim Union High School District (714) 999-3511

                6 Special education schools and 5 private schools.

                Churches:  26

                Libraries: 1 – Buena Park Library District (714) 826-4100

                Cable Television:  Adelphia  (714) 338-2000

                Parks:  11

                Theaters:  18 screen Krikorian Theatres opened at  Buena Park Downtown in May 2003.  (La Palma & Stanton Aves.)

                Live Theater:  Buena Park Youth Theatre, Buena Park Civic Theatre and Buena Park Community Chorus (714) 562-3888.

                Entertainment:           Knott’s Berry Farm (714) 220-5200

                                                Movieland Wax Museum (714) 522-1155

                                                Ripley’s Believe it or Not (714) 522-7045

                                                Medieval Times (714) 523-1100

Country Club:                            Los Coyotes Country Club (714) 994-7788

Banks:                8
               
Chamber of Commerce:  Buena Park (714) 521-0261
6601 Beach Blvd.  Buena Park, CA 90621   www.buenaparkchamber.org

Convention & Visitors’ Office Buena Park (714) 562-3560                      

Historical Society  www.historicalsociety.org
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