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Fullerton Facts at a Glance

Size:
22.3 square miles
Map coordinates:
33.53 north latitude; 117.55 west longitude
Elevation:
150 feet above sea level
Average mean temperature:
62.2 degrees (F)
Founded:
1887
Incorporated:
1904
Founders:
George and Edward Amerige, former Massachusetts grain merchants-turned- real estate promoters.
The name:
The City was named for George H. Fullerton, the Santa Fe Railway land agent who routed the railroad through the City.
City government:
Fullerton is a "general law" city, meaning it derives its powers from acts of the state Legislature. The state Governmental Code is the fundamental law of the City, specifying powers and the form of government which will put these powers into service. This is different from a "charter city" which has more control over local municipal affairs, and charter provisions covering municipal affairs prevail over the state laws when the two conflict.
Fullerton's form of government is "Council-Manager." The City Council enacts policy and provides the political leadership, while the City Manager directs City departments in carrying out that policy.
City seal:
Designed by artist Tom Van Sant, the figures shown in the seal are stylized depictions of the qualities important to the City of Fullerton. The orange tree refers to the City's agricultural beginnings; the man, woman and child represent families; and the open book represents the City's commitment to providing education and cultural opportunities to its citizens.
Population:
138,610 (CA Dept. of Finance Jan. 2010)
Population by Race: (U.S. Census Bureau, 2010)
53.9%   White
34.4%   Hispanic or Latino origin
22.8 %  Asian
 2.3 %   Black or African American
 0.6%    American Indian and Alaska Native
 0.2 %   Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
15.9 %  Some Other Race
 4.3 %  Two or More Races
Registered voters:
70,364 (OC Registrar, February 2011)
Dem. - 23,448 Decline to state - 14,497
Rep. - 29,318 Peace and Freedom - 242
Green - 392 Natural Law - 104
Misc. - 311 Am. Indep. - 1,594
Libertarian - 562
Number of housing units:
47,869 total housing units (U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census)

Housing Tenure:

Total Occupied housing units: 45,391

Owner-occupied housing units: 54.2 %

Renter-occupied housing units: 45.8 %

(U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census)

Median family income:
$75,700 (Orange County 2005)
Annual budget (total City & Redevelopment Agency):
$237.8 million (fiscal 2010-1) (City & Redevelopment Agency)
City tree:
Jacaranda
City flower:
Carnation
City Motto:
The Education Community
Number of businesses:
11,614 (approx., as of June 2011)
Major Corporate Employers:
CSU Fullerton

St. Jude Medical Center

Raytheon Systems (THALES)
Fullerton School District
Beckman Coulter
Fullerton College
Alcoa Fastening Systems
Fullerton Joint Union High School District

St. Jude Heritage Health

Miles of City streets:
285
Miles of sewers:
320
Miles of storm drains:
68.14
Miles of water lines/mains:
420 approx.
Average daily water consumption:
25.02 (in millions of gallons)
Number of street lights:
7,283
Number of street trees:
34,072
Recreational facilities:
More than 50 City parks, a museum, a cultural center, two libraries, two golf courses, two sports complexes, a golf driving range, a tennis center, an arboretum, Janet Evans Swim Complex, three community centers, two regional parks, a skateboard park, two regional parks, an equestrian center, 29 miles of recreational trails, and approximately 200 acres of recreational land in the Brea Dam Recreational Area
Transportation facilities:
Fullerton Transportation Center (Amtrak, Metrolink & OCTA)
Fullerton Municipal Airport
Schools:
15 public elementary
2 public K-8
3 junior high
5 public high
5 universities & colleges

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