Fullerton, California

Fullerton: The eighth most populous city in Orange County, California. It is located in the western part of the county. Fullerton is known for its many colleges and universities, its many parks and green spaces, and its many attractions, such as the Fullerton Arboretum and the Fullerton Museum Center.

About

Fullerton is a city located in the county of Orange in the U.S. state of California. Its population at the 2010 census was 135,161. After 10 years in 2020 city had an estimated population of 139,921 inhabitants.

The city was created 137 years ago in 1886.

Fullerton was founded in 1887 by George and Edward Amerige and named after George Fullerton, who secured the land on behalf of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. Fullerton was incorporated as a city in 1904.

The Valencia orange proved to be a major export crop for Fullerton in the early 20th century. Oil was also discovered nearby in the 1920s, fueling additional growth. Fullerton flourished as an agricultural hub and center of citrus production for decades.

Key Facts About Modern Fullerton

Here are some key details about Fullerton today:

  • Population: Around 140,000 residents, making it the 24th largest city in California.
  • Economy: While agriculture is no longer dominant, Fullerton has a diverse economy today. Top employers include California State University, Fullerton, St. Jude Medical Center, and aerospace/tech companies.
  • Neighborhoods: Fullerton has several vibrant neighborhoods including a historic downtown, uptown, and student housing areas near CSUF. Each has unique homes, shops, and amenities.
  • Attractions: The city is home to the Fullerton Arboretum, the Muckenthaler Cultural Center, and the Museum of Teaching and Learning. Fullerton is also considered a music hub, launching bands like Gwen Stefani’s No Doubt.
  • Parks: Fullerton has over 50 public parks with amenities ranging from sports fields, trails, and golf courses. Hillcrest Park and Laguna Lake are popular gathering spots.

Fullerton’s diversity, pequeña ciudad vibes, and devotion to arts and culture give this Orange County city a unique feel. The community is proud of its rich history and livability.

Fullerton locator map
Location of Fullerton on California map.

Quick Facts about Fullerton

Population : 139,921 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : California (United States)
County : Orange County
Postal code : 92831–92838
Official name : Fullerton
Water as percent of area : 0.05%
Land as percent of area : 99.95%
Altitude : 164 feet / 50 meters
Establishment : January 01, 1887 (137 years ago)
Time Zone : Pacific Time Zone, UTC−07:00, UTC−08:00
Local time : 18:47:52 (13th July 2024)
Population growth : 3.4% (2010-2020)
Fullerton city hall image
Fullerton city hall
Fullerton city hall image

Geography

Fullerton is located at 33°52'13"N 117°55'31"W (33.8702900, -117.9253400).

Fullerton map

Demographics

The population of Fullerton increased by 3.4% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 135,161 - census
2011 136,386 0.9% estimation process
2012 138,103 1.24% estimation process
2013 138,637 0.39% estimation process
2014 138,840 0.15% estimation process
2015 139,982 0.82% estimation process
2016 140,454 0.34% estimation process
2017 139,744 -0.51% estimation process
2018 139,273 -0.34% estimation process
2019 138,632 -0.46% estimation process
2020 139,921 0.92% estimation process

Demographic Facts

Estimated population as of July 1, 2019 : 32,191
Based on demographic estimates as of April 1, 2010 : 29,986
Based on demographic estimates as of 1 April 2010 : 7.4%
April 1, 2020 Population : 32,741
April 1, 2010 Population : 29,987
People under 5 years old, percentage : 6.4%
People under 18 years old, percentage : 19.1%
People over 65 (%) : 16.0%
Female persons, % : 52.5%
White only, percent : 91.4%
Black or African American alone, percent : 1.3%
American Indian and Alaska Native only, % : 0.1%
Asians alone % : 4.1%
Only Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders, % : 0.0%
% of people who have participated in two or more races : 3.0%
% of Hispanic or Latino : 3.7%
White people, not Hispanic or Latino people, make up the majority of the population. : 88.1%
2015-2019 Veterans : 2,061
Percentage of foreign-born people, 2015-2019 : 7.2%
Rate of owner-occupied housing units, 2015-2019 : 51.5%

Fullerton zip code is 92831. County name: Orange, County fips: 06059

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Economic Facts

Rate of owner-occupied housing units, 2015-2019 : 51.5%
Owner-occupied housing unit median value, 2015-2019 : $264,700
From 2015 to 2019, the median selected monthly owner costs - with a mortgage : $2,074
Monthly owner costs, without a mortgage, at the median, 2015-2019 : $893
2015-2019 median gross rent : $1,156
2015-2019 Households : 13,489
Population per household, 2015-2019 : 2.27
Living in the same house a year ago, percentage of people aged one year and up, 2015-2019 : 79.5%
Languages other than English spoken at home, as a percentage of people aged 5 and up, 2015-2019 : 8.3%
Households with computers, %, 2015-2019 : 93.0%
Percentage of households with a broadband Internet subscription, 2015-2019 : 87.3%
Percentage of people aged 25 and up with a high school diploma or higher, 2015-2019 : 93.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher, proportion of people aged 25 and up, 2015-2019 : 46.5%
Percentage of people under the age of 65 who have a disability, 2015-2019 : 7.1%
Persons under the age of 65 who do not have health insurance, as a percentage : 8.3%
Total civilian labor force, percent of population aged 16 and up, 2015-2019 : 70.9%
Female labor force participation in the civilian labor force, as a percentage of the population aged 16 and up, 2015-2019 : 66.5%
Total sales of lodging and food services in 2012 ($1,000) : 78,513
Total receipts/revenue for health care and social assistance in 2012 ($1,000) : 452,048
Manufacturers' total shipments in 2012 ($1,000) : 141,413
2012 total retail sales ($1,000) : 339,363
2012 total retail sales per capita : $11,230
Mean commute time to work (in minutes), workers aged 16 and up, 2015-2019 : 24.2
2015-2019 median household income (in 2019 dollars) : $71,631
Income per capita in the previous 12 months (in 2019 dollars), 2015-2019 : $41,533
Percentage of people living in poverty : 9.9%
Total number of businesses in 2012 : 3,315
Men-owned businesses in 2012 : 1,928
Women-owned businesses in 2012 : 968
Minority-owned businesses in 2012 : 154
Non-minority-owned businesses in 2012 : 3,016
Veteran-owned businesses in 2012 : 344
Nonveteran-owned businesses in 2012 : 2,803
2010 population per square mile : 1,122.4
2010 land area in square miles : 26.72
Rate of owner-occupied housing units, 2015-2019 : 55.8%
Owner-occupied housing unit median value, 2015-2019 : $121,900
From 2015 to 2019, the median selected monthly owner costs - with a mortgage : $1,345
Monthly owner costs, without a mortgage, at the median, 2015-2019 : $421
2015-2019 median gross rent : $794
2015-2019 Households : 28,172
Population per household, 2015-2019 : 3.24
Living in the same house a year ago, percentage of people aged one year and up, 2015-2019 : 87.0%
Languages other than English spoken at home, as a percentage of people aged 5 and up, 2015-2019 : 74.4%
Households with computers, %, 2015-2019 : 89.4%
Percentage of households with a broadband Internet subscription, 2015-2019 : 76.1%
Percentage of people aged 25 and up with a high school diploma or higher, 2015-2019 : 76.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher, proportion of people aged 25 and up, 2015-2019 : 27.7%
Percentage of people under the age of 65 who have a disability, 2015-2019 : 7.4%
Persons under the age of 65 who do not have health insurance, as a percentage : 25.0%
Total civilian labor force, percent of population aged 16 and up, 2015-2019 : 63.9%
Female labor force participation in the civilian labor force, as a percentage of the population aged 16 and up, 2015-2019 : 60.9%
Total sales of lodging and food services in 2012 ($1,000) : 102,342
Total receipts/revenue for health care and social assistance in 2012 ($1,000) : 450,228
Manufacturers' total shipments in 2012 ($1,000) : 214,974
2012 total retail sales ($1,000) : 1,371,835
2012 total retail sales per capita : $16,930
Mean commute time to work (in minutes), workers aged 16 and up, 2015-2019 : 19.4
2015-2019 median household income (in 2019 dollars) : $48,673
Income per capita in the previous 12 months (in 2019 dollars), 2015-2019 : $20,271
Percentage of people living in poverty : 23.9%
Total number of businesses in 2012 : 10,124
Men-owned businesses in 2012 : 4,823
Women-owned businesses in 2012 : 4,463
Minority-owned businesses in 2012 : 8,860
Non-minority-owned businesses in 2012 : 1,034
Veteran-owned businesses in 2012 : 627
Nonveteran-owned businesses in 2012 : 9,195
2010 population per square mile : 2,048.8
2010 land area in square miles : 37.63
Rate of owner-occupied housing units, 2015-2019 : 94.9%
Owner-occupied housing unit median value, 2015-2019 : $455,400
From 2015 to 2019, the median selected monthly owner costs - with a mortgage : $2,975
Monthly owner costs, without a mortgage, at the median, 2015-2019 : $1,080
2015-2019 median gross rent : $2,942
2015-2019 Households : 3,662
Population per household, 2015-2019 : 2.72
Living in the same house a year ago, percentage of people aged one year and up, 2015-2019 : 86.1%
Languages other than English spoken at home, as a percentage of people aged 5 and up, 2015-2019 : 9.0%
Households with computers, %, 2015-2019 : 99.7%
Percentage of households with a broadband Internet subscription, 2015-2019 : 95.8%
Percentage of people aged 25 and up with a high school diploma or higher, 2015-2019 : 98.1%
Bachelor's degree or higher, proportion of people aged 25 and up, 2015-2019 : 65.8%
Percentage of people under the age of 65 who have a disability, 2015-2019 : 8.8%
Persons under the age of 65 who do not have health insurance, as a percentage : 3.8%
Total civilian labor force, percent of population aged 16 and up, 2015-2019 : 57.3%
Female labor force participation in the civilian labor force, as a percentage of the population aged 16 and up, 2015-2019 : 49.5%
Total receipts/revenue for health care and social assistance in 2012 ($1,000) : 2,441
2012 total retail sales per capita : NA
Mean commute time to work (in minutes), workers aged 16 and up, 2015-2019 : 32.6
2015-2019 median household income (in 2019 dollars) : $128,398
Income per capita in the previous 12 months (in 2019 dollars), 2015-2019 : $57,939
Percentage of people living in poverty : 3.0%
Total number of businesses in 2012 : 625
Men-owned businesses in 2012 : 314
Women-owned businesses in 2012 : 227
Minority-owned businesses in 2012 : 101
Non-minority-owned businesses in 2012 : 494
Veteran-owned businesses in 2012 : 187
Nonveteran-owned businesses in 2012 : 432
2010 population per square mile : 704.9
2010 land area in square miles : 8.49

People born in Fullerton (115)

People born in Fullerton, including basketball player Johnny Rogers, movie actress Jenna Haze, composer Tui St. George Tucker, .

List

  • Kim Chambers (American movie actress) she was born in 11/01/1974
  • Gary Zimmerman (American football offensive tackle) he was born in 13/12/1961
  • Stacey Q (American singer, dancer and actress) she was born in 30/11/1958
  • Gwen Stefani (American singer-songwriter) she was born in 03/10/1969
  • Keith Van Horn (American basketball player) he was born in 23/10/1975
  • Jim Edmonds (American baseball player) he was born in 27/06/1970
  • Eric Wynalda (American soccer player) he was born in 09/06/1969
  • Eric Stefani (turdwad) he was born in 17/06/1967
  • Suzanne Crough (American actress (1963-2015)) she was born in 06/03/1963
  • Kid Ramos (American electric blues and blues rock guitarist) he was born in 13/01/1959
  • Alex Kim (American ice hockey player) he was born in 10/05/1979
  • Brian Wolfe (American baseball player) he was born in 29/11/1980
  • Natalie kwiek (mother of octuplets) she was born in 11/07/1975
  • Marisa Tayui (American actress) she was born in 01/01/1953
  • Matt Chico (American baseball player) he was born in 10/06/1983
  • Mike Witt (American baseball player) he was born in 20/07/1960
  • Stephen Woodworth (American writer) he was born in 01/01/1967
  • Brandon Currie (American motorcycle racer) he was born in 09/07/1985

Schools in Fullerton

College & universities near Fullerton, CA

Code Name City ZIP
114859 Fullerton College Fullerton (CA) 92832-2095
468909 United Education Institute-Anaheim Anaheim (CA) 92801-2409
110060 Bethesda University Anaheim (CA) 92801
481058 Grace Mission University Fullerton (CA) 92833-3860
120537 Hope International University Fullerton (CA) 92831-3199

Stations (47)

Amtrak & bus stations near Fullerton, CA

Code Name Address Type
FUL Fullerton Transportation Center 120 East Santa Fe Avenue RAIL
ANA Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center 2150 East Katella Avenue RAIL
SNA Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center 1000 East Santa Ana Boulevard RAIL
POS Pomona station 100 West Commercial Street RAIL
IRV Irvine Transportation Center 15215 Barranca Parkway RAIL

Post offices near Fullerton

Post Office Name City ZIP
Commonwealth Post Office Fullerton (CA) 92836
Fullerton Post Office Fullerton (CA) 92834
Anaheim Post Office Anaheim (CA) 92803
Sunny Hill Post Office Fullerton (CA) 92838
Federal Anaheim Post Office Anaheim (CA) 92815

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Other cities in Orange County

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Orange County , CA. (more)

City Name Population Title
Anaheim 353,676 The second most populous city in Orange County, California and the center of the Anaheim metropolitan area.
Santa Ana 331,301 The most populous city in Orange County, California and the center of the Santa Ana metropolitan area.
Irvine 283,700 A city located in Orange County, California.
Huntington Beach 198,246 The most populous city in Orange County, California.
Garden Grove 171,366 The fourth most populous city in Orange County, California.
Orange 138,192 The sixth most populous city in California.
Costa Mesa 112,366 The most populous city in Orange County, California.
Mission Viejo 94,242 A city in Orange County, California.
Westminster 89,740 A city in Orange County, California.
Newport Beach 86,834 A city in Orange County, California.
Lake Forest 85,329 A city in Orange County, California.
Buena Park 81,269 A city in Orange County, California.
Tustin 79,815 A city in Orange County, California.
Yorba Linda 68,027 A city in Orange County, California.
Laguna Niguel 64,569 The most populous city in Orange County, California.
San Clemente 64,551 The most populous city in Orange County, California.

Distance to Other Cities

Fullerton distances to largest California cities