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City of Yorba Linda



Motto: Land of gracious living[1]

Location of Yorba Linda within Orange County, California.

City of Yorba LindaLocation in the United States


33.888551°N 117.813231°WCoordinates: 33.888551°N 117.813231°W

Country United States

State California

County Orange

Incorporated November 2, 1967[2]


• City Council[4] Mayor Gene Hernandez

Mayor Pro Tem Tom Lindsey

Peggy Huang

Craig Young

Mark Schwing

• City manager Mark Pulone[3]


• Total 20.018 sq mi (51.847 km2)

• Land 19.483 sq mi (50.460 km2)

• Water 0.535 sq mi (1.387 km2) 2.67%

Elevation[6] 381 ft (116 m)

Population (April 1, 2010)[7]

• Total 64,234

• Estimate (2014)[8] 67,826

• Density 3,200/sq mi (1,200/km2)

Demonym(s) Yorba Lindan

Time zone Pacific (UTC−8)

• Summer (DST) PDT (UTC−7)

ZIP codes 92885–92887

Area codes 657/714

FIPS code 06-86832

GNIS feature IDs 1652817, 2412321

Flower Rose

Tree Avocado


Yorba Linda ("Beautiful Yorba", in English) is a suburban city in northeastern Orange County, California, approximately 13 miles (21 km) northeast of Downtown Santa Ana and 37 miles (60 km) southeast of Downtown Los Angeles. Yorba Linda has been identified as one of the richest cities in the U.S. by the U.S. Census Bureau, which shows a median household income of $121,075, higher than any other city in 2006.[9][10][11]

As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 65,237. Its most famous resident was Richard Nixon, who was born there, although his father moved the family away before Yorba Linda incorporated. The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum is in Yorba Linda.

In 2005, CNN ranked Yorba Linda 21st among the best places in the U.S. to live.[12] In 2012, Yorba Linda was ranked 42nd on Money magazine's list of America's best small cities.[13] Similarly, in an article by CNN Money, Yorba Linda was one of the richest U.S. cities and the richest in Orange County as reported by the Census data, showing a median household income of more than $120K: "Among towns of between 65,000 and 250,000 in population, Yorba Linda, California, where six-figure incomes are the rule, had the highest median income at $121,075".[9][11]

Contents [hide]



1.2Early years

1.3Agricultural era

1.4Population growth

1.5Recent times




4.1Savi Ranch

4.2Top employers






7.1Municipal government


7.2State and federal representation

8Law enforcement



11Notable residents and former residents

12See also


14External links



This area was the home of the Luiseño, Tongva, and Juaneño Indians at one time.[citation needed]

Early years[edit]

In 1834, Jose Antonio Yorba's most successful son, Bernardo Yorba (after whom the city would later be named), was granted the 13,328-acre (53.94 km2) Rancho Cañón de Santa Ana by Mexican governor José Figueroa. Most of this original land was retained after the Mexican American war in 1848 by descendants of the Yorba family. A portion of the city's land is still owned and developed by descendants of Samuel Kraemer, who acquired it through his marriage to Angelina Yorba, the great-granddaughter of Bernardo Yorba. The site of the Bernardo Yorba Hacienda, referred to as the Don Bernardo Yorba Ranch House Site, is listed as a California Historical Landmark.[14]

Near that same site sits the second oldest private cemetery in the county, the historic Yorba Cemetery.[15] The land was given to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles by Bernardo Yorba[15] in 1858[16] since Orange County was not established out of Los Angeles County as a separate county until 1889.[17] The cemetery closed in 1939 and was subsequently vandalized; however, in the 1960s, the Orange County Board of Supervisors took possession of the property to repair the damage, and tours are now available one day per month.[15]

Agricultural era[edit]

Yorba Linda School, built 1913. Photo circa 1918.

A section of the land was sold in 1907 to the Janss Investment Company, which first called the area Yorba Linda,[18] and proceeded to subdivide the land and sell it for agriculture and manufacturing. In 1910, the agricultural aspect of that endeavor materialized, and the first of many lemon and orange groves were planted: at the time, the population was still less than 50.[16] A year later, The Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Company began serving Yorba Linda, and the first school was constructed.[16]

In 1912, several things happened in Yorba Linda: it received its first post office; the Yorba Linda Citrus Association was founded; theSouthern California Edison Company began providing electricity; and the first church was constructed.[16] The area that would later become downtown was also connected to Los Angeles by the Pacific Electric Railway in 1912, primarily for citrus transport.[18]

The Birthplace of Richard Nixon

In 1913, Richard Nixon was born in Yorba Linda, the chamber of commerce was set up, a library opened as part of the school, andavocado trees were first planted.[16] A year later, a separate district was established for the library system.[16]

In 1915, the Susanna Bixby Bryant Ranch house was constructed.[16] It is now a museum and can be toured by the public.[19]

In 1917, the Yorba Linda Star began publication.[20] It has since become an online section of the OC Register.[21] However, a printed version of just the Star still exists and is available at various city buildings free of charge and is delivered to every household in Yorba Linda each Thursday. Moreover, its past articles are available for viewing on microfilm at the Yorba Linda Public Library.[20] In that same year, the first street was paved, Yorba Linda Boulevard.[16]

The population exceeded 300 for the first time prior to 1920.[16] In 1929, the citrus association's packing house burned down, as it was made of wood.[16] It reopened the next year.[16]

Population growth[edit]

The packing house located on Yorba Linda Blvd in 1961. Soon after this was taken, Yorba Linda would transform from a rural community to a suburban one.

The small town had grown significantly by the 1960s, with more than 1,000 residents by the 1960 Census, and survived or fought off three annexation considerations or attempts: one by Brea in 1958 and one each by Anaheim and Placentia in 1963.[16] These experiences culminated in incorporation, which occurred in 1967.[18]

The new city drew up and implemented its municipal general plan in 1972.[16] By the 1980 Census, the population was nearing 30,000.[16]Within ten years it exceeded 50,000.[16]

In 1990, the Birthplace of Richard Nixon opened as a public library and museum.[16] It would later become a federal presidential library.[22]In 1994, the community center opened.[16]

Recent times[edit]

In 2007, Yorba Linda High School broke ground after many years of planning.[16]

In November 2008, eastern Yorba Linda suffered from fires that destroyed 113 homes and damaged 50 others. The destruction was due largely to erratic winds causing embers to fly up to half a mile away.

In 2012 a man charged in a "serial thrill-kill" rampage that left six people dead, including four homeless men and a woman and her son.[23]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 20.0 square miles (52 km2). 19.5 square miles (51 km2) of which is land and 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2) (2.67%), water.

It has two ZIP codes, 92886 and 92887, approximately the western and eastern portions of the city, respectively. A third, 92885, also exists, exclusively for PO Boxes.[24] The city is served by area codes 657 and 714 in a geographical overlay situation, in which 714 numbers were running out, so that 657 numbers are now also being issued in the same area. Eleven-digit dialing is therefore now required for local calls.

It is bordered by Anaheim on the south, Placentia on the west and southwest, Brea on the northwest, Chino Hills State Park on the north, and Corona on the east.

The two nearest seismic faults are the Whittier Fault and the Chino Fault, both of which are part of the Elsinore Fault Zone.[25]


The city receives 14 to 15 inches of rain per year on average.[26] The average temperatures in January and July are 55 and 71 degrees Fahrenheit, respectively, with the overallaverage for the year at 63.[26] Humidity, likewise respectively, is 52%, 60%, and 56% on average.[26]

[hide]Climate data for Yorba Linda, California


Average high °F (°C) 71

(22) 71

(22) 73

(23) 76

(24) 78

(26) 81

(27) 87

(31) 89

(32) 87

(31) 82

(28) 76

(24) 70

(21) 78.4


Average low °F (°C) 48

(9) 48

(9) 51

(11) 53

(12) 57

(14) 61

(16) 65

(18) 65

(18) 63

(17) 58

(14) 52

(11) 47

(8) 55.7


Average precipitation inches (mm) 2.86

(72.6) 3.18

(80.8) 1.90

(48.3) 0.80

(20.3) 0.28

(7.1) 0.10

(2.5) 0.03

(0.8) 0.01

(0.3) 0.25

(6.4) 0.72

(18.3) 1.38

(35.1) 2.02

(51.3) 13.53


Source: [27]


The original sign, since replaced with one of a Spanish style.

The primary commercial district in Yorba Linda is Savi Ranch.[28]

Smaller shopping centers in the city include:

Eastlake Village Shopping Center[29]

Mercado del Rio[30]

Packing House Square[31]

Yorba Linda Station Plaza[32]

Country Club Village[33]

There are over 1,000 businesses in the city, not including an additional 1,500 operating out of residential homes.[34] The city also owns[35] Black Gold Golf Club.[36] Nonprofits based in Yorba Linda include International Student Volunteers.

Savi Ranch[edit]

Savi Ranch today contains retailers, auto dealers, restaurants, hotels, and office buildings.[37]

Originally, the city pursued construction of an auto mall on the entire Savi Ranch site.[38] Although multiple car lots do presently exist, the original plan was rejected by residents, in favor of a combination of retail stores, restaurants, hotels, and office buildings. Moreover, as of 2010, two of the three car dealer locations sit empty, one of which only sold used cars.

As a significant source of sales tax revenue to Yorba Linda and as one of the first anchor tenants (along with Best Buy),[39] The Home Depot became a political talking point in its own right.[40]

This is due to the fact that Savi Ranch is divided into two sections, east and west. Savi Ranch East is the Yorba Linda side, which is larger, while Savi Ranch West lies within the adjacent City of Anaheim. At the inception of Savi Ranch, the Home Depot was located in Savi Ranch East. In the early 2000s, however, the Super Kmart location in Savi Ranch West went out of business, and The Home Depot moved into that location and in the process took the sales tax across the city boundary.

Also located in the Yorba Linda side of Savi Ranch is the headquarters of John Force Racing, which house 16-time NHRA Funny Car Champion John Force, his team of drivers, and their cars. An on-site museum is dedicated to Force's career.

Top employers[edit]

According to the City's 2008 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[41] the top employers in the city are:

#Employer# of employees

1 CareFusion 389

2 Nobel Biocare 328

3 Costco 276

4 City of Yorba Linda 194

5 Vons 165

6 Kohl's 158

7 Best Buy 129

8 Sunrise Senior Living 126

9 Office Solutions 92

10 Cobra Engineering 80


Historical population


1960 1,198 —

1970 11,856 889.6%

1980 28,254 138.3%

1990 52,422 85.5%

2000 58,918 12.4%

2010 64,234 9.0%

Est. 2014 67,826 [42] 5.6%

U.S. Decennial Census[43]


The 2010 United States Census[44] reported that Yorba Linda had a population of 65,237. The population density was 3,208.8 people per square mile (1,238.9/km²). The racial makeup of Yorba Linda was 48,246 (75.1%) White (65.7% Non-Hispanic White),[45] 835 (1.3%) African American, 230 (0.4%) Native American, 10,030 (15.6%) Asian, 85 (0.1%) Pacific Islander, 2,256 (3.5%) from other races, and 2,552 (4.0%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9,220 persons (14.4%).

The Census reported that 64,044 people (99.7% of the population) lived in households, 97 (0.2%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 93 (0.1%) were institutionalized.

There were 21,576 households, out of which 8,535 (39.6%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 15,102 (70.0%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 1,844 (8.5%) had a female householder with no husband present, 758 (3.5%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 554 (2.6%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 101 (0.5%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 3,119 households (14.5%) were made up of individuals and 1,515 (7.0%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.97. There were 17,704 families (82.1% of all households); the average family size was 3.29.

The population was spread out with 15,792 people (24.6%) under the age of 18, 5,574 people (8.7%) aged 18 to 24, 13,848 people (21.6%) aged 25 to 44, 21,414 people (33.3%) aged 45 to 64, and 7,606 people (11.8%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.7 years. For every 100 females there were 94.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.2 males.

There were 22,305 housing units at an average density of 1,114.2 per square mile (430.2/km²), of which 18,108 (83.9%) were owner-occupied, and 3,468 (16.1%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.2%; the rental vacancy rate was 4.0%. 54,464 people (84.8% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 9,580 people (14.9%) lived in rental housing units.

During 2009–2013, Yorba Linda had a median household income of $112,259, with 3.1% of the population living below the federal poverty line.[45]


One of many places of worship in the city. Most, however, are Protestant, some originating in the 1910s.[46]

As of the 2000 Census,[47] there were 58,918 people, 19,252 households, and 16,094 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,042.3 inhabitants per square mile (1,174.4/km²). There were 19,567 housing units at an average density of 1,010.4 per square mile (390.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 81.5% White, 1.2% African American, 0.4% Native American, 11.1% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 2.7% from other races, and 3.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.3% of the population.[48]

There were 19,252 households out of which 44.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 72.3% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.4% were non-families. 12.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.05 and the average family size was 3.35.

In the city the population was spread out with 29.3% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 28.4% from 25 to 44, 27.3% from 45 to 64, and 7.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 96.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.1 males.

According to a 2007 estimate, the median household income in the city was $109,681, and the median income for a family was $122,373.[49] Males had a median income of $66,712 versus $41,820 for females. The per capita income for the city was $36,173. About 0% of the population were below thepoverty line.


56.7% of Yorba Linda's registered voters are Republicans, while 21.7% are Democrats. 3.77% of voters are registered with a third party, while 17.9% declined to state.[50] The city voted for California Proposition 8 by 65.8% and for Proposition 4 by 59.3%.[51] Yorba Linda was one of just three California cities to pass a measure in their city council proclaiming its support for the controversial Arizona immigration law, SB1070.[52]


Municipal government[edit]

The city council consists of five members that are elected by residents to four-year terms, with a three-term limits.[53] A city manager is hired by the council to run day-to-day operations of the city. The council elects its own mayor at the end of every year from within its ranks, whose duty is to "preside over the meetings and represent the city at various functions."[53] The combination of these two things means that the city employs a council-manager form of government.

As of 2014, the council consists of:[4]

Gene Hernandez, Mayor

Tom Lindsey, Mayor Pro Tem

Peggy Huang, Council Member

Mark Schwing, Council Member

Craig Young, Council Member

Management of the city and coordination of city services is provided by:


City Manager Mark Pulone

Community Development Director Steve Harris[54]

Finance Director David Christian

Acting Library Director Carrie Lixey[55]

City Attorney Todd Litfin

Division Chief, Orange County Fire Authority Kris Concepcion

Parks & Recreation Director Bill Calkins [56]

Chief of Police Services Lt. Bob Wren OCSD

Public Works Director/City Engineer Michael Wolfe


Standard design of street name signs in the city

Yorba Linda has four commissions, which meet monthly or bimonthly, to advise the city council about their respective projects.[57]

The library commission operates the Yorba Linda Public Library, which has existed in some form since 1913, and is composed of five residents whose duties include selecting new materials for the library to acquire and establishing guidelines and regulations, among other things.[58]

The planning commission is in charge of matters pertaining to land use, zoning, annexation, right-of-ways, and construction of new buildings, among other things; however, its five members are appointed by the council.[59]

The traffic commission seeks to address issues of safety, flow, public complaints, parking, and others.[60] Members serve terms of two years.[60]

The parks and recreation commission is composed of council-appointed members as well and is tasked with a variety of responsibilities for all of the city's facilities and trails.[61]

State and federal representation[edit]

In the California State Legislature, Yorba Linda is in the 29th Senate District, represented by Republican Bob Huff, and in the 55th Assembly District, represented by RepublicanLing Ling Chang.[62]

In the United States House of Representatives, Yorba Linda is in California's 39th congressional district, represented by Republican Ed Royce.[63]

Law enforcement[edit]

Law enforcement is currently contracted out to the Orange County Sheriff's Department (California),[64] which has a satellite administrative office in Yorba Linda.

From 1971 to 2013, police services were provided by the City of Brea Police Department. Beginning in 1971, this marked the first time in the state's history that a municipality, as opposed to a county sheriff's department, provided police services to another municipality.[65] Prior to this setup, but after the city's incorporation in 1967, Yorba Linda did contract with the Orange County Sheriff's Department, which was and still is typical for municipalities that are not large enough or simply choose not to maintain an in-house police department.

On April 24 and 25, 2012, the Yorba Linda City Council met with citizens and police chiefs from the Anaheim and Brea police departments, along with Sheriff Sandra Hutchens from the Orange County Sheriff's Department, to vote on a new public safety contract. The meeting lasted 9 hours, finally ending at 3:00am on Wednesday April 25. The verdict, Yorba Linda would end its 42 years of service with the Brea Police Department. The city signed a 5-year contract with the Orange County Sheriff's Department that would become effective starting May 2013.


Fire services are provided by the Orange County Fire Authority.

The Yorba Linda Water District, headquartered in Placentia, serves nearly all residents.[66][67] Golden State Water, which also has a field office in Placentia, serves the remainder.[67][68]

The city contracts out waste collection to Yorba Linda Disposal.[67][69]

Natural gas is provided by Southern California Gas Company, and electricity is provided by Southern California Edison.[67]


Yorba Linda is part of the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District.[70] This district is home to nearly 28,000 students.[citation needed]

Sign and building as seen from the entrance

St. Francis of Assisi School serves as the only Catholic school in the city. Many parents seeking a private school education for their children send their PS-8th graders to Heritage Oak Private School and high schoolers to nearby Lutheran High School of Orange County in the city of Orange, Servite High School (boys) or Rosary High School (girls) in Anaheim, or Mater Dei High School (co-ed) in Santa Ana.

Yorba Linda High School opened its doors in 2009. The first full graduating class from YLHS was the class of 2012. As of 2015, one private high school, Friends Christian High School, is currently under construction.[71] Historically, a majority of Yorba Linda students also attend Esperanza[72] in Anaheim, Troy High School in nearby Fullerton, or Valencia and El Dorado[73] in Placentia.

Yorba Linda also has a few Montessori preschools:

Arborland Montessori Children's Academy

IvyCrest Montessori Private School

Pine Tree Preschool

Yorba Linda Montessori

Notable residents and former residents[edit]

Jessamyn West Park sign on Yorba Linda Blvd.

Atreyu – metalcore band, formed in the city in 1998

Sabrina Bryan – singer, actress (The Cheetah Girls)[74]

Michael D. Duvall – former Yorba Linda mayor and California State Assemblyman[75]

Ashley Edner – actress and dancer, sister of Bobby Edner[citation needed]

Bobby Edner – singer, actor, dancer (Spy Kids 3D: Game Over)[citation needed]

Danielle Fishel – actress (Boy Meets World)

John Force – professional drag racer, owner of John Force Racing, reality TV star of Driving Force and 16 time NHRA Funny Car Champion

Courtney Force – professional drag racer, second of John Force's trio of daughters

Ashley Force Hood – professional drag racer, John Force's daughter

The John Force Race Station,[76] located in Savi Ranch

Eric Friedman, also known as "Erock" – touring guitarist for Creed, former guitarist for Submersed, disc golfer

Joe Hawley – player in National Football League, starting center for Atlanta Falcons[citation needed]

Robert Hight – professional drag racer, NHRA Funny Car Champion[citation needed]

Mitzi Kapture – actress

Dan Kennedy – Major League Soccer player (Chivas USA)[citation needed]

Bobby Knoop – Major League Baseball player[77]

Steven Lenhart – Major League Soccer player (San Jose Earthquakes)[citation needed]

Alli Mauzey – Broadway actress (Wicked, Hairspray, Cry-Baby)[citation needed]

David McNab – assistant general manager and vice president of the Anaheim Ducks[citation needed]

Marcus Mumford – musician (Mumford and Sons)[78]

Richard M. Nixon – 37th President of the United States. Richard Nixon was born in Yorba Linda in 1913 and lived there until 1922. His reconstructed home is listed as a National Historic Landmark and a California Historical Landmark. Adjacent to this home is the Richard Nixon Library and Museum.

Audrina Patridge – reality TV actress (The Hills)

Chris Pontius – Major League Soccer player (D.C. United)

Bob "Buck" Rodgers – Major League baseball player and manager (Angels)[citation needed]

Sergio Santos – Major League Baseball (Toronto Blue Jays)[citation needed]

Ricky Wells – speedway rider, 2009 US National Champion[citation needed]

Jessamyn West – writer, second cousin to Richard Nixon on her mother's side of the family;[citation needed] moved to California from Indiana in 1909 and attended schools in Yorba Linda and Fullerton; later authored books and poems, including 1945 novel The Friendly Persuasion, which was turned into a film, Friendly Persuasion, in 1956, starring Gary Cooper, Dorothy McGuire, and Anthony Perkins; a city park named in her honor, Jessamyn West Park on Yorba Linda Boulevard at Club Terrace Drive, is situated on the West family's former farm property

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