Welcome to Buena Park, California, “The Center of the Southland” and home to Knott’s Berry Farm – the first themed amusement park.
During the depression, Walter Knott rescued experimental plants abandoned by horticulturalist Rudolph Boysen, and nurtured them into a bumper crop of berries which he named the “Boysenberry." People stopped at Knott’s roadside stand to buy the luscious berries on their way to and from the beaches. Cordelia Knott made berry pies and served chicken dinners to patrons on her wedding china. Walter built a ghost town to entertain guests who waited countless hours for the scrumptious dinners – and the rest is history!
Nutrilite Products, now a division of Amway, was also a pioneering company in the 1940’s in Buena Park, founded by Carl and Edith Rehnborg. Dr. Rehnborg developed the first multi-vitamin here in Buena Park. The Rehnborgs financed many Buena Park projects and were extremely generous to children’s causes, a characteristic they practice today.
James A. Whitaker founded Buena Park in 1887, in conjunction with the railway development in what we now know as Orange County.
The City of Buena Park incorporated in 1953 and has achieved an enviable position of being one of Orange County’s most balanced cities in which to live, work, or play.
Demographics and Economic Profile
LOCATION: Buena Park, County of Orange, founded in 1887, incorporated in 1953. Located 22 miles southeast of Los Angeles and 442 miles southeast of San Francisco. 10.29 sq. mi.
ETHNICITY: (2003 figures) Anglo - 57.4%, African American - 4.5%, Hispanic - 33.5%, Asian - 22.7%, American Indian - 1.8%
MEDIAN AGE: (2001 figures) 65 and older - 7,305, Under 18 - 23,021
HOUSEHOLDS: (2007 figures) Owner-Occupied - 13,726, Renter-Occupied - 5,715, Total - 23,871
MEDIAN INCOME: (2002 figures) $50,336
HOUSING: Median home value - $457,000, Apartment Rent - $700 to $1257
CLIMATE: Prevailing winds SW-NW; mean hourly speed: 6 mph. Elevation: 75’
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”.
- Average Temperature - January - 58.1, April - 63, July - 71, October - 71
Average Rainfall - January - 2.72”, April - 1.08”, July - .02”, October - .56”
LABOR MARKET: 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.
- 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).
Labor force is approximately 41,323 people. Unemployment rate: 7.3%
MANUFACTURING EMPLOYMENT: There are approximately 100 manufacturing plants in Buena Park. Leading groups: machine and components, paper products.
Largest area manufacturers include:
Georgia Pacific (Corrugated Containers) - 690 employees
Leach International (Electronic Mfg.) - 610 employees
Nutrilite (Food/Supplements/Vitamins) - 900 employees
Ultrawheel (Auto Wheel Mfg.) - 475 employees
Pepsi Cola West (Bottling & Distrib) - 410 employees
Mead Packaging (Paper Cartons) - 157 employees
Alloy Die Casting (Casting Mfg.) - 150 employees
John Charles (Furniture Upholstery) - 100 employees
NON-MANUFACTURING EMPLOYMENT: 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, contact them at 714-937-0881.
Knott's Berry Farm (Family Entertainment) - 2,900 employees (peak)
Yamaha (Musical Instruments ) - 400 employees
City Buena Park (City Government) - 567 employees
Amada America (Machine Equipment) -192 employees
Knott's Resort Hotel (Hotel/Banquets/Mtg.) - 190 employees
ServiceCraft Dist. (Merchandise Distrib.) - 480 employees
ADP (Payroll Processing) - 150 employees
TAXES: Retail Sales Tax: 8.75% current 2010. 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 District - $.01480
Basic Levy (County, City School & District) - $1.00000
Buena Park Library District - $.00239
- Natural Gas - Southern California Gas Company. For rates, call 800-427-2200
Electrical - Southern California Edison. For rates, call 800-655-4555
Telephone - AT&T. For rates, call 800-310-2355
Cable Television - Time Warner. For rates, call 888-892-2253
Water - City of Buena Park. For rates, call 714-562-3721
GOVERNMENT TYPE: Buena Park is a General Law City, with Council / Manager type of Government.
- 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
ASSESSED FULL VALUATION: (1992-1993 figures) City - $3,435,288,656, County - $165,348,168,856
POLICE SERVICES: (current) 88 Sworn officers, 9 Reserve officers, 16 Part time personnel, 44 Civilian, 49 volunteers
PART ONE CRIME RATE FOR YEAR END 2003: decrease of 3.2% from 1994
FIRE SERVICES: Fire department services provided by Orange County Fire Authority
- Education - 5 school districts, 6 Special education schools and 5 private schools
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
Churches - 26
Libraries - Buena Park Library District 714-826-4100
Cable Television - Time Warner 888-892-2253
Parks - 11
Theaters - 18 screen Krikorian Theatre, Buena Park Downtown (La Palma & Stanton Aves.)
Live Theater - Buena Park Youth Theatre, Buena Park Civic Theatre and Buena Park Community Chorus 714-562-3888
Knott’s Berry Farm 714-220-5200
Medieval Times 714-523-1100
Pirates Dinner Adventure 800-439-2469 (toll free)
Country Club - Los Coyotes Country Club 714-994-7788