Placentia is a city in northern Orange County, California. The population was 50,533 during the 2010 census, up from 46,488 in the 2000 census. This includes the community of Atwood, which is included in the city of Placentia, and is located in its southernmost quadrant. Primarily known as a bedroom community, Placentia is known for its quiet neighborhoods and strong public safety.
The name of the city is derived from the Latin word for "pleasant".
In 1971, Placentia was honored with the prestigious "All America City" Award, given out annually by the National Civic League to ten cities in the United States.
Placentia is located in Orange County at 33%uFFFD52'57?N 117%uFFFD51'18?W? / ?33.88250%uFFFDN 117.85500%uFFFDW (33.882364, -117.855130). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.6 square miles (17 km2). 6.6 square miles (17 km2) of it is land and 0.22% is water. The 57 Freeway (Orange Freeway) runs through the southwest section of Placentia. The 91 Freeway (Riverside Freeway) passes directly south of the city. Districts in Placentia include the Neighborhood of La Jolla, and the formerly unincorporated community of Atwood.
According to the K%uFFFDppen Climate Classification system, Placentia has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csa" on climate maps.
According to Placentia's 2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:
Arts and culture
The George Key Ranch Historic District is a historic citrus ranch and Victorian ranch house in Placentia. It is now within the 2 acre George Key Ranch Historic Park, with the historic house museum, outdoor displays, and a citrus grove. It is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Placentia-Santa Fe District is in the southwest or downtown area, and boasts some of the best Mexican restaurants in Orange County. People come from all parts of the county to dine in the popular downtown area.
The town is home to the A. S. Bradford House, a historic house museum.Education
Placentia Library District
Placentia is home to one of the 13 special district libraries in California. The Placentia Library District is a single-purpose library district governed by an elected Board of Trustees. Its principal source of income is property tax proration. The library's early history is much like other communities. Beginning in 1914, the Women%uFFFDs Christian Temperance Union established a reading and recreation room for boys in a storefront on Bradford Avenue. After a successful petition and election by the residents, the Placentia Library District was officially formed on September 2, 1919. The new library district included seven square miles of the Placentia area: the north line was beyond Golden Avenue, the east line along Linda Vista through Hazard%uFFFDs subdivision,the south through Golden State Tract but not as far as Miraloma Avenue and the west line along the Fullerton boundary. The Library Board of Trustees hired Placentia's first Librarian, Sara Rideout, for $0.25 an hour, and the Women%uFFFDs Christian Temperance Union turned over their reading room and 193 books. The library officially opened to the public on January 15, 1920, from 2:00%uFFFD5:00 p.m. and 7:00%uFFFD9:00 p.m. By 1926, a new library building was needed to meet the needs of the growing community. The building, designed in the Spanish Colonial Revival style by renowned architect Carleton Monroe Winslow, features beautiful Talavera tiles created by Mexican potter, Pedro Sanchez. In March 1927, the grand opening was held for the new library building located at 143 S.Bradford Avenue. In 1974, the library again become too small for its growing collection and was moved to its current location in the Civic Center Plaza. That same year the library boundaries expanded to reflect the same boundaries as the city. Today the Placentia Library District holds over 102,000 library materials.
Placentia is a part of the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District (PYLUSD). There are three high schools in the city:
- El Dorado High School.
- Valencia High School. The oldest high school in Placentia, opened in 1933. VHS offers an IB program as well as a technology track known as ValTech.
- El Camino Real High School. Named a "Model Continuation High School" by the California State Department of Education.
In addition, Placentia supports three public middle schools: Kraemer Middle School, Valadez Middle School Academy, and Tuffree Middle School. The city houses numerous public elementary schools: Brookhaven Elementary, George Key Elementary, Golden Elementary, Morse Elementary, Melrose Elementary, Ruby Drive Elementary, Sierra Vista Elementary, Tynes Elementary, Van Buren Elementary, and Wagner Elementary.
The Parkview School provides an independent study K-12 school for students who are "homeschoolers, student actors, junior athletes, chronically ill, or in various other situations for which an alternative to classroom-based instruction is desirable."
Notable residents and former residents
- Agent Orange, American punk rock band formed in Orange County, California in 1979
- Kevin Blankenship, professional baseball player from Placentia and an El Dorado High School class of 1981 graduate
- Michael Chang, professional tennis player
- D-Loc, MC in the rap rock group Kottonmouth Kings and rap group Kingspade; born in Placentia.
- Chris Draft, NFL pro football player
- Janet Evans, Olympic swimmer
- Kottonmouth Kings, hip hop group
- Phil Nevin, baseball player
- Kherington Payne, So You Think You Can Dance contestant, Pussycat Doll
- Johnny Richter, rapper
- Corrie ten Boom, Holocaust survivor and rescuer, author, died in Placentia in 1983
- Brett Tomko, baseball player
- Shawn Ray, bodybuilder