|City of Fountain Valley|
|— City —|
The Brookhurst St. & Talbert Ave. intersection in southern Fountain Valley
|Motto: “A Nice Place to Live”|
Location of Fountain Valley within Orange County, California.
|• Mayor||John Edward Collins|
|• Total||9.031 sq mi (23.391 km2)|
|• Land||9.018 sq mi (23.357 km2)|
|• Water||0.013 sq mi (0.034 km2) 0.14%|
|Elevation||33 ft (10 m)|
|• Density||6,100/sq mi (2,400/km2)|
|• Summer (DST)||PDT (UTC-7)|
|ZIP codes||92708, 92728|
|GNIS feature ID||1652712|
The area encompassing Fountain Valley was originally inhabited by the Tongva people. European settlement of the area began when Manuel Nieto was granted the land for Rancho Los Nietos, which encompassed over 300,000 acres (1,200 km2), including present-day Fountain Valley. Control of the land was subsequently transferred to Mexico upon independence from Spain, and then to the United States as part of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.
The city was incorporated in 1957, before which it was known as Talbert (also as Gospel Swamps by residents). The name of Fountain Valley refers to the very high water table in the area at the time the name was chosen, and the many corresponding artesian wells in the area. Early settlers constructed drainage canals to make the land usable for agriculture, which remained the dominant use of land until the 1960s, when construction of large housing tracts accelerated.
Fountain Valley is located at  The elevation of the city is approximately twenty feet above sea level, slightly lower than surrounding areas. This is especially noticeable in the southwest area of the city, where several streets have a steep grade as they cross into Huntington Beach.(33.708618, -117.956295).
The city is located southwest and northeast of the Santa Ana River.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 23.4 km2 (9.0 sq mi) 0.14% of which is water.
 Community amenities
Fountain Valley is home to California native plants, a 55-acre (220,000 m2) recreation center with tennis courts, basketball courts, racquetball courts, a gymnasium, and the Kingston Boys & Girls Club; There is also a community center and a new senior center that opened in June, 2005. A major redevelopment of the recreation center and city-administered sports fields was completed in early 2009.
Fire protection and emergency medical services are provided by two stations of the Fountain Valley Fire Department. Law enforcement is provided by the Fountain Valley Police Department. Ambulance service is provided by Care Ambulance Service.
The Orange County Sanitation District’s primary plant is located in Fountain Valley next to the Santa Ana River. The agency is the third-largest sanitation district in the western United States. This location is also home to the agency’s administrative offices, as well as the offices of the Municipal Water District of Orange County, a member of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Fountain Valley has two fully accredited major medical centers: the Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center with 230 beds, a medical clinic, and an outpatient medical building.
The city also has 18 churches, one synagogue, a mosque and a public library.
Fountain Valley has its own newspaper, the Fountain Valley View, operated by the Orange County Register.
As a Santa Ana River known as the “Southpark” district.
Although the economy of the area was once based mainly on agriculture, the remaining production consists of several fields of strawberries or other small crops, which are gradually being replaced by new office development. Efforts to bolster economic activity are evidenced by the city enacting policies to benefit small businesses, and even going so far as to paint a mural on the facade of a large water treatment building facing the freeway that depicts two shopping bags headlined by the words, “Shop in Fountain Valley.”
Fountain Valley is home to the national headquarters of Hyundai Motor America and D-Link Corporation, the global headquarters of memory chip manufacturer Kingston Technologies, and the corporate headquarters of Surefire, LLC, maker of military and commercial flashlights. The Southpark commercial area is also home to offices for companies such as D-Link, Starbucks, Satura and the Orange County Register. There are also a limited number of light industrial companies in this area. In addition, Fountain Valley is the location for Noritz, a tankless water heater manufacturer, and the main west coast offices of Ceridian, a professional employer organization.
The increasing commercial growth can be evidenced by the frequent rush-hour traffic bottlenecks on the San Diego (405) Freeway through Fountain Valley.
 Top employers
According to the City’s 2009 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:
|#||Employer||# of employees|
|1||Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center||1,668|
|2||Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center||1,133|
|5||MemorialCare Health System||544|
|12||HCR Manor Care||220|
There are three elementary schools, one K-12 school, and two K-8 schools. However, some students who live in the city of Fountain Valley actually attend schools in other cities.
Fountain Valley is also home to Golden West College, located nearby in the cities of Costa Mesa and Huntington Beach, respectively.
High schools in Huntington Beach Union High School District
High schools in Garden Grove Unified School District
Middle schools in Fountain Valley School District
- Harry C. Fulton Middle School
- Kazuo Masuda Middle School: Named for Kazuo Masuda, a soldier who fought in World War II and now is buried in Midway City, California.
- Talbert Middle School
Middle schools in Ocean View Middle School District
- Vista View Middle School
Elementary schools in Garden Grove Unified School District
- Allen Elementary School, a 2011 Blue Ribbon Award winner
- Monroe Elementary School
- Northcutt Elementary School
Elementary schools in Fountain Valley School District
- Courreges Elementary School
- Cox Elementary School
- Gisler Elementary School
- Moiola Elementary School (K-8)
- Plavan Elementary School
- Tamura Elementary School
- Newland Elementary School
- Shoreline Christian School (K-8)
In addition to the San Diego Freeway, which bisects the city, Fountain Valley is served by several bus lines operated by the Orange County Transportation Authority. Bus routes 33, 35, 37, 70, 72, 74, and 172 cover the city’s major streets.
Most of the major roads are equipped with Pacific Ocean.
The 2010 United States Census reported that Fountain Valley had a population of 55,313. The population density was 6,124.7 people per square mile (2,364.8/km²). The racial makeup of Fountain Valley was 31,225 (56.5%) White, 1,510 (2.7%) African American, 229 (0.4%) Native American, 18,418 (33.3%) Asian, 171 (0.3%) Pacific Islander, 2,445 (4.4%) from other races, and 2,315 (4.2%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7,250 persons (13.1%).
The Census reported that 54,876 people (99.2% of the population) lived in households, 257 (0.5%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 180 (0.3%) were institutionalized.
There were 18,648 households, out of which 6,341 (34.0%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 11,142 (59.7%) were families (76.2% of all households); the average family size was 3.34.
The population was spread out with 11,643 people (21.0%) under the age of 18, 4,624 people (8.4%) aged 18 to 24, 13,310 people (24.1%) aged 25 to 44, 16,020 people (29.0%) aged 45 to 64, and 9,716 people (17.6%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42.6 years. For every 100 females there were 94.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.2 males.
There were 19,164 housing units at an average density of 2,122.0 per square mile (819.3/km²), of which 13,458 (72.2%) were owner-occupied, and 5,190 (27.8%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 0.8%; the rental vacancy rate was 3.8%. 40,718 people (73.6% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 14,158 people (25.6%) lived in rental housing units.
According to the census of 2000, there were 54,978 people, 18,162 households, and 14,220 families residing in the city. The population density was 6,167.8 inhabitants per square mile (2,382.4/km²). There were 18,473 housing units at an average density of 2,072.4 per square mile (800.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 64.02% White, 1.11% Black or African American, 0.46% American Indian or Alaskan Native, 10.68% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 25.76% Asian, 0.40% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 3.95% from other races, and 4.3% from two or more races.
There were 18,162 households out of which 34.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.4% were apartments.
In the city, the population was spread out with 23.5% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 30.1% from 25 to 44, 27.2% from 45 to 64, and 11.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.0 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $78,729, and the median income for a family was $90,335. Males had a median income of $60,399 versus $43,089 for females. The per capita income for the city was $48,521. About 1.6% of families and 2.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.2% of those under age 18 and 3.0% of those age 65 or over.
In the state legislature Fountain Valley is located in the 35th Senate District, represented by Republican Tom Harman, and in the 68th Assembly District, represented by Republican Allan Mansoor. Federally, Fountain Valley is located in California’s 46th congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of R +6 and is represented by Republican Dana Rohrabacher.
 Notable people
- Luke Hudson, Baseball player: Kansas City Royals pitcher
- Ken Margerum, Football player: Chicago Bears and San Francisco 49ers wide receiver, San Jose State college football assistant coach
 In Popular Culture
Despite its small size and lack of national prominence, Fountain Valley is referenced as a potential riot location in the famous 1996 April 29, 1992 (Miami)“.
- U.S. Census
- “History of the City of Fountain Valley”. Official website. http://www.fountainvalley.org/visitors/facts/history.html.
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- Luna, Claire (2003-04-23). “Hyundai to Help Keep Music in Fountain Valley Schools”. Los Angeles Times. http://articles.latimes.com/2003/apr/23/local/me-gift23. Retrieved 2009-03-21.
- City of Fountain Valley CAFR
- Id Reyes (February 17, 1992). “Night Visitors Brought Halt to Family’s Hopes. Relocation: Odyssey of O.C.’s Masudas mirrored the fates of thousands along the West Coast.”. Los Angeles Times. http://articles.latimes.com/1992-02-17/news/mn-1801_1_west-coast/3. Retrieved May 20, 2012.
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- All data are derived from the United States Census Bureau reports from the 2010 United States Census, and are accessible on-line here. The data on unmarried partnerships and same-sex married couples are from the Census report DEC_10_SF1_PCT15. All other housing and population data are from Census report DEC_10_DP_DPDP1. Both reports are viewable online or downloadable in a zip file containing a comma-delimited data file. The area data, from which densities are calculated, are available on-line here. Percentage totals may not add to 100% due to rounding. The Census Bureau defines families as a household containing one or more people related to the householder by birth, opposite-sex marriage, or adoption. People living in group quarters are tabulated by the Census Bureau as neither owners nor renters. For further details, see the text files accompanying the data files containing the Census reports mentioned above.
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