Stanton is a city located in western Orange County, California. The population was 37,403 at the 2000 census, making it the 24th most populous in Orange County of 34. Like most of Orange County, it is more politically conservative compared to the rest of the state. The City was incorporated in 1956 and operates under the Council-Manager form of government, providing a full range of quality municipal services. Stanton is bounded by Cypress on the west, Anaheim on the north, and east, and Garden Grove on the east and south. The Orange County / Los Angeles area is well-known for its year-round pleasant weather.
Stanton is located north of the Garden Grove (22) Freeway, South of the Artesia (91) Freeway, East of the San Gabriel Rive (605) Freeway and West of the Golden State (5) Freeway.
Beach Blvd. north from the Garden Grove (22) Freeway is the most freeway-friendly gateway to Stanton.
East-West Stanton major thoroughfares are (in order of north to south) Cerritos Avenue, Katella Avenue, Orangewood Avenue, Chapman Avenue, Lampson Avenue and at the southernmost boundary, Garden Grove Boulevard. North-South Stanton thoroughfares are (in order of west to east) Knott Avenue, Western Avenue, Beach Boulevard, Dale Avenue and Magnolia Avenue.
The Los Angeles basin is well-known for its year-round pleasant weather:
-On average, the warmest month is August.
-The highest recorded temperature was 110°F in 1985.
-On average, the coolest month is December.
-The lowest recorded temperature was 22°F in 1950.
-The maximum average precipitation occurs in January.
Stanton has a Mediterranean climate or Dry-Summer Subtropical (Köppen climate classification Csb on the coast, Csa inland). Stanton enjoys plenty of sunshine throughout the year, with an average of 263 sunshine days and only 35 days with measurable precipitation annually.
The period of April through November is warm to hot and dry with average high temperatures of 71 - 79°F and lows of 50 - 62°F. Due to the moderating effect of the ocean, temperatures are cooler than more inland areas of Los Angeles, where temperatures frequently exceed 90°F (32°C) and occasionally reach 100°F (38°C) in inland areas (due to the moderating effect of the ocean).
The Los Angeles area is also subject to the phenomena typical of a microclimate. As such, the temperatures can vary as much as 18°F (10°C) between inland areas and the coast, with a temperature gradient of over one degree per mile (1.6 km) from the coast inland. California has also a weather phenomenon called "June Gloom or May Grey", which sometimes brings overcast or foggy skies in the morning on the coast, but usually gives way to sunny skies by noon, during late spring and early summer.
The Los Angeles region averages 15 inches (385 mm) of precipitation annually, which mainly occurs during the winter and spring (November thru April) with generally light rain showers, but sometimes as heavy rainfall and thunderstorms. Coastal areas receive slightly less rainfall, while the mountains receive slightly more. Snowfall is extremely rare in the city basin, but the mountains within city limits typically receive snowfall every winter.
|#||Employer||# of Employees|
|5||Food 4 Less||95|
|6||Custom Pipe & Coupling||75|
|7||Garden Fresh Market||70|
|9||City of Stanton||59|
|10||John B Ewles, Inc.||55|
|13||Cameron Welding Supply||40|
As of the census of 2000, there were 37,403 people, 10,767 households, and 7,806 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,628.6/km² (11,971.0/mi²). There were 11,011 housing units at an average density of 1,362.6/km² (3,524.1/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 49.57% White, 2.27% African American, 1.06% Native American, 15.45% Asian, 0.92% Pacific Islander, 25.71% from other races, and 5.02% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 48.89% of the population.
There were 10,767 households out of which 41.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.2% were married couples living together, and 27.5% were non-families. 21.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.43 and the average family size was 3.93.
In the city the population was spread out with 30.4% under the age of 18, 10.5% from 18 to 24, 33.3% from 25 to 44, 16.2% from 45 to 64, and 9.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 102.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.1 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $39,127, and the median income for a family was $40,162. Males had a median income of $27,644 versus $25,995 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,197. About 13.4% of families and 18.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.2% of those under age 18 and 13.2% of those age 65 or over.
On November 6, 1905 the Los Angeles Interurban Railway started service on the Santa Ana Line. It ran along an almost perfectly straight-line between Watts(Los Angeles) and Santa Ana. Access to transportation allowed the population of the rural area which is now Stanton and West Anaheim to grow. In 1908, the privately owned Pacific Electric Railway leased the Santa Ana Line and took over service which extended their regional light-rail system. By 1928, the impressive thousand mile system allowed residents convenient travel through out Los Angeles and Orange Counties. See 1928 Map. Passenger service to Santa Ana discontinued in 1950, shortly after the railway was taken over by the Metropolitan Transportation Agency. The easement still runs through town and is empty or used for parking. It intersects Beach/Pacific and Cerritos/Western.
The area was incorporated into the first City of Stanton in 1911. It was decided to disincorporate in 1924. The motivation for giving up cityhood seems to be that it relieved city taxpayers from the financial burden of building roads. As an un-incorporated area, roads were paid for by the state. Also the main motivation for the 1911 incorporation—the city of Anaheim's 1911 plan to build a “sewage farm” west if their city—was no longer relevant. The costs of cityhood were greater than the benefit.
In the early 1950’s the area had experienced a post war population boom, and in May 1956 the citizens decided to incorporate into today’s City of Stanton. The first city was around 16 square miles, and the today's Stanton is a bit over three square miles. The cost of being incoporated into a city is still a salient issue in this part of the county. There are many small areas around Stanton which are un-incorporated and receive their services from the County of Orange.
The City of Stanton mitigates the high costs of cityhood for a relatively small population by contracting out municipal services. Most of the police services and fire protection is provided by the Orange County’s Sheriff’s Department and Orange County Fire Authority respectively. Ambulance service is provided by a private company, Care Ambulance Service. Stanton had formed its own police department when the city incorporated in 1956, but a union strike citing poor working conditions was originally reported as the major cause of its disbanding (and takeover by the Sheriff's Department) in 1988.
|City Manager||Carol Jacobs|
|Director of Finance||Vacant|
|Director of Community Development||Steven Harris|
|Director of Public works||Sean Crumby|
|Director of Parks and Recreation||James Box|
|Orange County Fire Department||Jorge Camarjo|
|Orange County Sherriff||Lee Trujillo|
Fire protection in Stanton is provided by the Orange County Fire Authority with ambulance transport by Care Ambulance Service. The Orange County Sheriff's Department provides law enforcement. The city is a safe place to do business or live in as it has a crime rate that’s about the same as the rest of Orange County, and significantly less than the rest of California. Currently the residents are working with the Department to reduce quality of life crimes such as graffiti and illegal dumping.
In the state legislature Stanton is located in the 34th Senate District, represented by Democrat Lou Correa, and in the 67th and 68th Assembly District, represented by Republicans Jim Silva and Van Tran respectively. Federally, Stanton is located in California's 40th congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of R +8 and is represented by Republican Ed Royce. The current Mayor of Stanton is Al Ethans.
Over the past five years the City of Stanton has been upgraded its parks. It has also opened new parks—Veterans Memorial Park, Pocket Park, and Harry M. Dotson Park. Public parks include:Harry M Dotson Park, Hollenbeck Park, the Norm Ross Sports Complex, Pocket Park, Premier Park, Stanton Community Services Center Park, Stanton Municipal Tennis Center, Stanton Park, Veterans Memorial Park, and Zuniga Park. With the exception of Veterans Memorial and the Tennis Center, parks tend to cater to families with young children recently upgraded playground equipment. The city's newest park, Harry M. Dotson Park, has the most playground equipment including a two large climbing areas, an interactive water feature, and a basket ball court. Adventure City, Orange County's third amusement park is located in Stanton. It has rides and shows which appeal to children under twelve.
The city hosts three major community events each year: Summerfest, a Halloween Fair, and Christmas in the City. All three events are well attended and cater to families with younger children. Summerfest typically includes carnival type rides, live music, food booths, and informational tables from community groups. The Halloween Fair features free games children play for candy prizes, costume contests, and a DJ. Christmas in the City, also known in recent years as Snow Day, featurers several tons of man-made snow and a visit from Santa. Additionally the Lions and Kiwanis Clubs typically serve a pancake breakfast or a pasta dinner, and the city has its official tree lighting.
Youth sports have been an integral part of the community since Stanton was a rural community. In the 1950’s with help of the James Irvine Foundation, the Stanton Lions Club, and a generous donation of land from farmer Al Stock the community built Lions-Stock Park which had a sports facility and community center. This privately-owned park was later purchased by the school board. Today, Stanton youth participate in Pop Warner Football, the West Garden Grove Little League, and the West Anaheim Little League.
Residents of the city are served by four public school districts, and one private school:
Garden Grove Unified School District schools.
The Savanna School District serves elementary school students and has a high API similar school ranking of 9.75 out of 10 as compiled by the California Department of Education.
Magnolia School District Baden-Powell and Pyles Schools have been named as a Title I Academic Achievement School.
Saint Polycarp School (K-8) Catholic School
The Orange County Public Library has a branch Library in Stanton. In addition to over 60,000 volumes, they offer morning and an evening story time, afternoon craft programs, free high speed wireless Internet access (WiFi), and Internet instruction; and the Stanton Boys and Girls Club--located next door—offers computer access, tutoring, and a home work help room for elementary school children. Two additional organizations also help educate children and prepare them for careers. The Orange County Children's Theater produces plays and musicals. Often Broadway style musicals are held in City's Community Center with a professional sound system, lighting and staging. The Future Scientists and Engineers of America offers hands-on projects that encourage middle and high school aged children to learn about math, science and engineering.