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The city of Stanton has for a long time gotten a bad rap as one of the worst places to live in Orange County but that is quickly changing – in recent years it has made a strong comeback and today, it is a thriving community that is doing all it can to get back on its feet. According to “…this community has so much pride, so much moxie that in November voters chose to have the highest sales tax in the county. And already the desperately needed revenue is changing Orange County’s poorest – and scrappiest – city.” It continues, “In his office off Beach Boulevard and Katella Avenue – two of the county’s busiest thoroughfares – City Manager Jim Box admits, “For seven years we were not able to balance the budget.” Still, the city persevered, the parks are open again, and Stanton is emerging into the financial light. Box points to a newly created strategic plan for the city, emphasizing such goals as providing a safe community, a strong local economy, transparent government. As Box talks, he details the focus – and bringing the plans to fruition. Transparency? On Stanton’s website, you can easily find the curious (the city flower is bird of paradise) and the serious (the city budget, which totals nearly $34 million).” The city has a population of about 38,000 people who are all working very hard to improve it. This makes it the perfect place for first time home buyers as well as those who don’t have a lot of money to spend on real estate. It is also a good place for investors – as the city gets better and better property values are rising.

The modern history of Stanton can be traced back to 1905 when the Los Angeles Interurban railway installed a line that connected Watts and Santa Ana. This allowed the population of the area to grow. By 1906 the line passed through Stanton and it became so busy that they were soon running two cars. explains how the city came to be: “Prior to 1911, the community was known as “Benedict” but in that year the City of Anaheim proposed the creation of a sewage farm in this section of County land. The ranchers of the region reacted sharply to this proposal. With the aid of Philip Stanton of Seal Beach, the 16 square miles that was intended for the contemplated sewage farm territory was incorporated in May 1911. Stanton remained an incorporated community until 1924. At an election held on July 22, 1924, the voters decided to disincorporate to allow the State to construct roads in the territory. On August 8, 1924, the City Clerk, Della M. Davis, filed disincorporation papers with the Secretary of State. The City did not reincorporate until 1956.”

Today, Stanton’s population is 45% white, 3% African American, 23% Asian and the rest is a mix of other races. The city has one of the lowest costs of living in California – it is 9% lower than the state average which makes it perfect for those who want to enjoy living in California on a budget. The median home income is 25% lower than the state average. Despite the city being relatively scrappy in the past it a very low crime rate – 22% lower than the state average. High school graduation rates are 18% lower than the average across the state and Stanton is served by 4 school districts: the Garden Grove Unified School District, the Savanna School District, the Magnolia School District and the Anaheim Union High School District.

The city has significant educational resources, as explained on Wikipedia: “The Orange County Public Library has a branch Library in Stanton. In addition to over 60,000 volumes, it offers morning and an evening story time, afternoon craft programs, free high speed wireless Internet access (WiFi), and Internet instruction; and the Stanton Boys and Girls Club, located next door, offers computer access, tutoring and a home work help room for elementary school children. Two additional organizations also help educate children and prepare them for careers. The Orange County Children’s Theater produces plays and musicals. Often Broadway style musicals are held in the City’s Community Center with a professional sound system, lighting and staging. The Future Scientists and Engineers of America organization offers hands-on projects that encourage middle and high school aged children to learn about mathematics, science and engineering.”

The median home value in Stanton is 24% lower than the state average – if, for example, you are looking to buy a 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom home you will pay around $30,000 while a bigger 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom home will cost you $680,000. The low home values and low crime rates have attracted many who have young families or are planning to have children, but don’t have very high incomes.

In case you are wondering whether there are fun things to do in Stanton here are just a few provided by

• Adventure City is no Disney California Adventure. But that’s part of its charm. Among other things, Adventure City includes a petting farm, a roller-coaster, a carousel, as well as fire truck, plane and balloon rides.

• Straddling the Stanton-Anaheim border, historic and funky Hobby City covers nearly 12 acres with a down-home mix of shops hawking everything from baseball cards to model cars, as well as a doll and toy museum.

• Park Avenue restaurant features steaks and chops and has a sterling reputation in the city, although the Register’s food critic takes exception. The restaurant also has a four-star recommendation on Yelp with more than 700 reviews.

Don’t believe everything you read about Stanton – try it out for yourself and find out what it is really like!