A Brief History:
The city of Anaheim was founded by a group of German farmers and winemakers in 1857, the first of which is a man named George Hansen. Though the wine industry had a successful run of 20 years, in the late 1880s, the grape crop was wiped out by blight. Citrus groves were planted and soon thereafter, Oranges became the dominant cash crop in Anaheim.
Thanks in part to Southern Pacific Railroad, Anaheim farmers were able to distribute their goods to surrounding areas and thrived as a rural community. This all changed in the mid 1950s when Walt Disney eyed the city as the site of the Disneyland theme park. It wasn't long before tourism displaced citrus farming as the dominant industry; and thus began the city’s renaissance as a recreation destination. During the 1960s, Angel Stadium and the Anaheim Convention Center were built, further establishing tourism as Anaheim’s economic backbone.
Lay of the Land:
Housing & Real Estate:
While a large part of the city is carved out for the tourist industry, the most affordable residential housing can be found in the historic city center, followed by West Anaheim. At the height of the real estate bubble, average home prices peaked close to $600,000 in the Anaheim Hills. However, the Anaheim housing market has been in declined since 2007 and the average list price currently hovering around $370,000 with most homes selling for considerably less.
Median rent: $1,250
Median home sales price: $324,500
- Disneyland and Disneyland Resort: With all the whimsy and grandeur, Disney has it's own district just southeast of Downtown Anaheim. This includes the Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure theme parks, Downtown Disney and the Disneyland Resort Hotel.
- Angel Stadium: This is the home of Major League Baseball team, the Anaheim Angels of Los Angeles, which maintains an extremely loyal fan base.
- Honda Center: In addition to being the home of NHL team the Anaheim Ducks, the Honda Center hosts a number of sports and entertainment events throughout the year.
- Anaheim Convention Center: The largest convention center in Southern California, the Anaheim Convention Center is a popular O.C. venue for exhibitions, trade shows, meetings and other events.
Shopping & Dining:
Anaheim By the Numbers:
Median Age: 30
Median Income: $47,122