The second largest city in Orange County, Anaheim, California, is located in the northern portion of the county. As of 2009 estimates, the city’s population was about 350,000, enough to make it the 10th most-populated city in the state. The city is also the second largest of the county in terms of land area and is best known for being the home to Disneyland and the home of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The median household annual income here is $47,122. Anaheim was founded by about 50 German grape farmers and wine makers in 1857 and was incorporated in 1870. However, the grape industry was decimated in the 1880s by a pest, and the rural community shifted its main crop to oranges. In the 20th century the city began to develop and industrialize, making such products as electronics, aircraft parts and canned fruit. Disneyland, the franchise’s second-largest U.S. theme park, was constructed in 1954-55 and now makes up 160 acres and is the driver of the economy, drawing in thousands of tourists each year.
The major communities within Anaheim are Anaheim Hills, West Anaheim, The Anaheim Resort commercial district, the Platinum Triangle and The Canyon. Both the Platinum Triangle and Anaheim Hills are experiencing rapid development and population growth. Besides Disneyland, the city is also home to the Angel Stadium of Anaheim, home of Major League Baseball’s Angels; the Honda Center, and the Anaheim Convention Center, the largest convention center on the West Coast.
The public schools in Anaheim draw upon eight school districts: Anaheim City School District, Anaheim Union High School District, Centralia School District, Magnolia School District, North Orange County Community College District, Orange Unified School District, Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District and Savanna School District. Anaheim University is a private college. The city is served by Amtrak California and Metrolink services and hosts a major regional train station in the Angel Stadium parking lot.