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Fountain Valley

City of Fountain Valley

  •   State: 
    Orange County
    Fountain Valley
      County FIPS: 
    33°42′31″N 117°57′23″W
      Area total: 
    9.08 sq mi (23.53 km²)
      Area land: 
    9.07 sq mi (23.50 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.01 sq mi (0.03 km²)
    33 ft (10 m)
    Incorporated June 13, 1957
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
    Pacific Standard Time (PST) UTC-8:00; Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) UTC-7:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Fountain Valley, Orange County, California, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    6,300 residents per square mile of area (2,400/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
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Fountain Valley is a suburban city in Orange County, California. The population was 57,047 at the 2020 census. The city is home to Mile Square Regional Park, a 640-acre (2.6 km²) park containing two lakes, three 18-hole golf courses, playing fields, picnic shelters, and a 20-acre urban nature area. Fountain Valley has two major medical centers: the Fountain Valley Regional Hospital with 400 beds, and Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center with 230 beds. The Orange County Sanitation District's administrative offices and primary plant is located in Fountain Valley next to the Santa Ana River. Fountain is also home to the offices of the Municipal Water District of Orange County and the Southern California Groundwater Replenishment System, the largest water purification plant for groundwater recharge in the world. The name of Fountain Valley refers to the very high water table in the area at the time the name was chosen, and the many corresponding artesian wells in the region. The area was originally inhabited by the Tongva people. European settlement of the area began when Manuel Nieto was granted the land for Rancho Los Nietos, later Rancho Las Bolsas, which encompassed over 300,000 acres (1,200 km²), including present-day Fountain Valley. After the Fall of Saigon in 1975, there was a large influx of Vietnamese refugees settling in the city, especially in the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s, forming a large percentage of Asian Americans.


Fountain Valley is the primary city name, but also Fountain Vly, Santa Ana are acceptable city names or spellings. The official name is City of Fountain Valley. The area encompassing Fountain Valley was originally inhabited by the Tongva people. European settlement of the area began when Manuel Nieto was granted the land for Rancho Los Nietos, later Rancho Las Bolsas. The name of Fountain Valley refers to the very high water table in the area at the time the name was chosen, and the many corresponding artesian wells. After the Fall of Saigon in 1975, there was a large influx of Vietnamese refugees settling in Fountain Valley, especially in the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s, forming a large percentage of Asian Americans in the city. The city was incorporated in 1957. The first mayor was James Kanno, who with this appointment became one of the first Japanese-American mayors of a mainland U.S. city. It was also known as Gospel Swamp by residents. The area was full of farms growing beets that were processed at some of the nation's largest plants at Huntington Beach (Holly Sugar Plant) and at Delhi, now part of southwestern Santa Ana. The post office was established in 1899, with Thomas B. Talbert serving as the first postmaster. The Santa Ana-Huntington Beach line of the Pacific Electric Railway passed through Talbert and opened on July 5, 1909. The All-Saints Church is the only structure remaining from that era. It is located at what is now the intersection ofTalbert and Bushard, and was once known as the "Gospel Swamp" settlement.


The city is located southwest and northeast of the San Diego Freeway (Interstate 405), which diagonally bisects the city. It is surrounded by Huntington Beach on the south and west, Westminster and Garden Grove on the north, Santa Ana on the northeast, and Costa Mesa on the southeast. Its eastern border is the Santa Ana River. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 23.4 km² (9.0 sq mi), 0.14% of which is water. The city is home to the University of California, San Diego, which was founded in 1883. The university is one of the oldest colleges in the state, having been founded in the early 1800s. It was the site of the first public high school, which opened in 1875. It has since been the location of the U.S. Air Force Academy and the Naval Air Station San Diego. The San Diego River runs through the city, and the city is on the banks of the Santa Anas River, which is a tributary to the San Ysidro River. The Santa Ana and San Diego rivers are also on the city's eastern border, and run through the center of the city and into Costa Mesa, a suburb to the east. The town has a population of 6,000, with the majority of its residents living in and around the downtown area. It also has a number of small unincorporated communities, such as Garden Grove and Westminster, which are located on the east and west.

Community amenities

Fountain Valley is home to Mile Square Regional Park, a 640-acre (2.6 km²) park containing two lakes, three 18-hole golf courses, playing fields, picnic shelters, and a 20-acre urban nature area. Fountain Valley has two fully accredited major medical centers: the Fountain Valley Regional Hospital with 400 beds available, and Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center with 230 beds. The city also has 18 churches, one Reform synagogue, a mosque and a public library. The Orange County Water District manages the groundwater basin in central and northern Orange County and operates the Groundwater Replenishment System, the world's largest water purification plant for groundwater recharge. The Fountain Valley View, operated by the Orange County Register, is the city's own newspaper. It is the third-largest sanitation district in the western U.S. The agency is a member of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and of the Orange county Water District. The agency's primary plant is located in Fountain Valley next to the Santa Ana River. The district is also home to the offices of the Municipal Water District, which manages the municipal water supply in the northern part of Orange County. The municipal water district is one of the largest water districts in the United States, with an annual budget of more than $1.5 billion. The water district also manages the groundwaterreplenishment system, which is the largest in the world. It has a primary plant in the town of Fountain Valley, California.


Fountain Valley is home to the national headquarters of Hyundai Motor America and D-Link Corporation. The Southpark commercial area is also home to offices for companies such as Starbucks, Satura and the Orange County Register. Fountain Valley is the location for Noritz, a tankless water heater manufacturer, and the main west coast offices of Ceridian, a professional employer organization. According to the city's 2021 Annual Comprehensive Financial Report, the top employers in the city are: Hyundai, D-link, Kingston Technology, Surefire, LLC, Noritz and Ceridian. The city's economy was once based mainly on agriculture, but this is gradually being replaced by new office development. The increasing commercial growth can be evidenced by the frequent rush-hour traffic bottlenecks on the San Diego (405) Freeway through Fountain Valley. There are also a limited number of light industrial companies in this area. In addition to Hyundai, Fountain Valley also has the headquarters of Surefire and the corporate headquarters of Noritz. The city has seen an increase in commercial jobs in recent years, with the growth of a commercial center near the Santa Ana River known as the "Southpark" district. Fountain Valley has a population of about 4,000. It is located in the eastern part of Orange County, about 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. The area is mostly suburban, with a few small cities in the western part of the county, such as San Diego and Santa Ana.

Arts and culture

Fountain Valley holds an annual Summerfest in June in Mile Square Regional Park. The event features a car show, rides, music, and booths. The annual event is free and open to the public.


There are three high schools, three middle schools, nine elementary schools, one K-12 school, and two K-8 schools in Fountain Valley. Some students who live in the city of Fountain Valley actually attend schools in other cities. Fountain Valley is also home to Coastline Community College. Community colleges in the area include Orange Coast College and Golden West College, located nearby in the cities of Costa Mesa and Huntington Beach. The Lycée International de Los Angeles previously had its Orange County campus in fountain Valley, but it moved to Orange by 2001. The Fountain Valley area is home to the following high schools: Valley Vista High School, Los Amigos High School and Fountain Valley High School. The area also has the following elementary schools: Allen Elementary School, a 2011 Blue Ribbon Award winner, Northcutt Elementary School and Shoreline Christian School (K-8) and Westfield Elementary School. It also has two private schools: Fountain Valley Christian School and Ocean View Christian School.


Fountain Valley is served by several bus lines operated by the Orange County Transportation Authority. Bus routes 33, 35, 37, 43, 70, 72, 76 and 543 cover the city's major streets. Most of the major roads are equipped with bicycle lanes, especially around Mile Square Park. Dedicated bike paths along the Santa Ana River run from the city of Corona to the Pacific Ocean.Historically, Fountain Valley had Red Car service along theSanta Ana/Huntington Beach Pacific Electric Spur Line. This line ran along Bushard Street. Passenger service started in 1909, ended in 1922, and the lines were torn out in 1930. The San Diego Freeway, which bisects the city, runs through Fountain Valley. The city is home to the San Diego County Museum of Art, which was founded in 1883. The museum is located in Fountain Valley, California, and is open to the public. It is located on the corner of Santa Ana Avenue and San Diego Boulevard, and has a collection of art galleries and a museum of art. The Orange County Art Museum is also located in the city. The Santa Ana Art Museum, which opened in 1881, is located near the city center. It was the first art museum in Orange County, and was opened by the city in 1882. The Art Museum of Orange County was opened in 1886. It has since been expanded and expanded several times, including in the 1960s and 1970s. The California State Museum of Arts and Sciences, which is located nearby, opened in 1989.


The 2010 United States Census reported that Fountain Valley had a population of 55,313. The racial makeup of the city was 64.02% White, 1.11% Black or African American, 0.46% American Indian or Alaskan Native, 10.68% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. There were 18,648 households, out of which 6,341 (34.0%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 11,142 (59.7%) were opposite-sex married couples, and 1,772 (9.5%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.94, and there were 14,214 families (76.2% of all households); the average family size was 3.34. The median age was 42.6 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.9 males. The city had a median household income of $81,212, with 6.7% of residents living below the federal poverty line. The population density was 6,167.8 inhabitants per square mile (2,382.4/km²). There were 19,164 housing units, of which 13,458 (72.2%) were owner-occupied, and 5,190 (27.8%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 0.8%; the rental vacancy rate is 3.8%. 40,718 people (73.6%) lived in owned-occupied housing units and 14,158 people (25.6) lived in rental housing units.


Fountain Valley is a reliably Republican stronghold in presidential elections. Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton won a plurality of the city in 2016, becoming the first Democrat in over four decades to carry the municipality. In 2020, the city moved back into the Republican column, as Donald Trump carried the city with 51.0% of the vote, having made gains in Orange County's Vietnamese community. As of October 22, 2018, Fountain Valley has 32,884 registered voters. Of those, 12,935 (39.34%) are registered Republicans, 9,674 (29.42%) areregistered Democrats, and 8,967 (27.27%) have declined to state a political party/are independents. The city is in California's 48th congressional district, represented by Republican Michelle Steel. Fountain Valley is in the 34th Senate District, representedby Democrat Tom Umberg, and in the 72nd Assembly District,represented by Republican Janet Nguyen. In the U.S. House of Representatives, Fountain valley is in California's 48th congressional district, representing Republicans Michelle Steel and John Culbertson. It is also in the 72nd Assembly District, represented by Democrat Janet Nguyen, and the 34th Senate District, represented by Democrat Tom Umberg, as of October 22, 18.                                 Fountain Valley is in the Central Coast region of Orange County, California.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Fountain Valley, Orange County, California = 4.3. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 66. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 10. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Fountain Valley = 5.9 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 57,047 individuals with a median age of 40.8 age the population grows by 2.44% in Fountain Valley, Orange County, California population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 6,300 residents per square mile of area (2,400/km²). There are average 3.03 people per household in the 18,377 households with an average household income of $87,908 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 8.00% of the available work force and has dropped -5.07% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 21.86%. The number of physicians in Fountain Valley per 100,000 population = 253.3.


The annual rainfall in Fountain Valley = 12.9 inches and the annual snowfall = 0 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 31. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 276. 83 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 45 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 54, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Fountain Valley, Orange County, California which are owned by the occupant = 72.91%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 36 years with median home cost = $528,760 and home appreciation of -1.83%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $7.36 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $4,744 per student. There are 23.5 students for each teacher in the school. 9.93% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 23.02% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 11.31% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Fountain Valley's population in Orange County, California of 1,525 residents in 1900 has increased 37,41-fold to 57,047 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 50.79% female residents and 49.21% male residents live in Fountain Valley, Orange County, California.

    As of 2020 in Fountain Valley, Orange County, California are married and the remaining 40.13% are single population.

  • 28.9 minutes is the average time that residents in Fountain Valley require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    82.67% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 10.38% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 0.80% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 3.98% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Fountain Valley, Orange County, California, 72.91% are owner-occupied homes, another 25.13% are rented apartments, and the remaining 1.96% are vacant.

  • The 43.74% of the population in Fountain Valley, Orange County, California who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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