One of the numerous California cities that make up Orange County, Fullerton is located just 22 miles away from Los Angeles. The roughly 20-square-mile area is home to approximately 126,000 residents (as of the 2000 census), making it a large city by Orange County standards but still a small community compared to many urban centers in California. Most residents are Caucasian or Latino, and the city is truly a blend of new and old with its modern and historic architecture.
Historically, Fullerton's economy was driven by agriculture, especially Valencia oranges and other citrus crops, petroleum extraction, transportation and manufacturing.
Southeastern Fullerton became an industrial hub when the economy of the city shifted to food processing and manufacturing. Since the shift, Hunt Wesson, a large food processing corporation is operating in Fullerton. The city is also the production center for aerospace equipment, electrical and electronic components, navigation systems, and laboratory instruments.
The median household income is around $65,800, compared to the statewide median household income $60,000.
The city and private developers have invested to spruce up Downtown Fullerton and today there are some 40 restaurants and a collection of small shops. Downtown also has a busy Amtrak station. Residential areas of Fullerton range across many styles and income levels from ranchettes near the Laguna Lake park and equestrian center to 1950s homes in the San Juan neighborhood to new tract developments along Rosecrans Avenue.
Though many areas in Fullerton have been developed in recent years, but there are still numerous historic buildings that give a feel for old Fullerton:
With nine shopping malls in Fullerton, visitors and residents can find almost anything they need without leaving the city. In addition to the shopping centers listed below, there are also smaller shops located throughout the city.
Fullerton has a mix of small and large postsecondary institutions. There are also numerous colleges located within ten miles of Fullerton, including Biola University, Santa Ana College, and Chapman University. Those who want to study in Fullerton can choose from the following schools:
Fullerton may not have many radio stations of its own, but residents still have lots of choices. Many AM and FM stations are favored by Fullerton residents, including:
AM radio stations:
FM radio stations:
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