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Yorba Linda

WELCOME TO YORBA LINDA, CA!

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. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 64,234. Its most famous resident was Richard Nixon, who was born there; however, 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.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

Yorba Linda Lobsterfest is a fundraising event for the Yorba Linda Sunrise Rotary that takes place every May. The event takes place at the Yorba Linda Community Center and features a lobster dinner, dancing, and a silent auction.

The Polish Harvest Festival is held the third weekend in September every year. The festival is a celebration and tribute to Polish culture and features music, food, dancing and exhibits for all of the visitors that come. The festival is held at the Pope John Paul II Polish Center.

Yorba Linda also holds an annual “Celebration of the Arts” event each summer. This event is a fine arts & music festival that features the art and creations of over one hundred exhibitors and artists. The event’s sole purpose is to bring awareness and celebration to honoring talent and creativity.

Additionally, the Yorba Linda parks and recreation department is quite active in planning and offering several community events each year for citizens to enjoy. For example, the city recently offered a Mother-Daughter Tea Party at the Yorba Linda Community Center as well as a Daddy-Daughter Dance.

LOCATION

Yorba Linda is a city located in the northeastern region of Orange County, California.  The city is bordered by Chino Hills State Park to the north, Corona to the east, Anaheim to the south, and Placentia to the west.  The well-known city of Brea is directly northwest of Yorba Linda.  Yorba Linda is forty miles southeast of Los Angeles and is thirteen miles northeast of Santa Ana.  Yorba Linda is completely landlocked, but is not a far drive from one of Orange County’s many popular beaches.

SCHOOL DISTRICT

Yorba Linda is a participant in the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District. This school district is made up of over 28,000 students. The main public high school in the area is Yorba Linda High School, which just recently opened in 2009.

The only Catholic private school in the area is St. Francis of Assisi School, but there are other private schools nearby. Many parents choose to send their children to Heritage Oak Private School until 8th grade. After 8th grade, parents wanting a private school education for their children choose from Lutheran High School of Orange County, Rosary High School, Servite High School, or Mater Dei High School.

Currently, a new private high school called Friends Christian High School is under construction. It will be located in the city of Yorba Linda; it is supposed to open up within the next calendar year.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Yorba Linda is a very active community that prides itself on providing high-quality athletic opportunities to citizens. There are several well-maintained parks and recreational facilities throughout the city that provide plenty of opportunities to stay in shape.

The Black Gold Golf Club opened in 2001, and has since seen a large number of citizens coming to golf on a regular basis. Yorba Linda also has several hiking trails, which are often used by hikers, walkers, bikers and equestrians.

Additionally, various recreation programs are offered by the city for children, adults and senior citizens who are hoping to adopt an active lifestyle. For children, there are many classes and sports teams that can be joined during the day or after-school. For adults, there are several adult soccer and basketball leagues that meet at night and on the weekends. For senior citizens, many sports and classes are offered that provide slight exercise and training advice.

Yorba Linda honors those who have succeeded in athletic and wellness achievements by placing names of exceptional athletes on the Athletic Achievement Recognition Wall of Fame. The Wall of Fame is located next to the Thomas Lasorda Jr. Field House and accepts applications every year.

HISTORY

In 1834, Bernardo Yorba, son of Spanish settler Jose Antonio Yorba, was granted 13,328 acres of land known as Rancho Canon de Santa Ana by Mexican governor Jose Figueroa. After the Mexican-American war in 1848, descendants of the Yorba family retained most of the land. Shortly after, the great-granddaughter of Bernardo Yorba (Angelina Yorba) married Samuel Kraemer, who’s descendants still own the land to this day. Bernardo Yorba’s house is still in existence and is listed as a California Historical Landmark.

The Historic Yorba Cemetery is located right next to Bernardo Yorba’s house. The land on which the cemetery was placed was in possession of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles in 1858. In 1939, the cemetery was closed and vandalized, but reopened in the 1960s when the Orange County Board of Supervision once again took over control. Tours of the cemetery are now available one day each month.

In 1907, the Janss Investment Company bought the land and deemed it “Yorba Linda.” The land was then subdivided and sold to various agricultural and manufacturing plants. During this time, lemon and orange trees were planted. In 1911, the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company provided jobs to the fifty-something citizens of Yorba Linda. In 1912, the first post office and church were built in Yorba Linda and the area received electricity from the Southern California Edison Company.

In 1913, former president Nixon was born in Yorba Linda, a library opened, a chamber of commerce was put into place, and avocado trees were planted. The Yorba Linda Star started publishing in 1917; this newspaper is still in existence and is delivered to every Yorba Linda household each Thursday. In the same year, the first street was paved, and it is known to this day as Yorba Linda Boulevard.

The birthplace of Richard Nixon opened in 1990 as a public museum and library and still sees visitors to this day.