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Yorba Linda is a pretty awesome place if you go by this review left on “I love Yorba Linda and I visit the city frequently. Yorba Linda is an affluent community in Orange County, California, located approximately 15 miles northeast of Santa Ana, and 38 miles southeast of Downtown Los Angeles. Yorba Linda has nearly 67,000 residents. One of Yorba Linda’s famous residents was the late President Richard Nixon, who was born and raised in the city. Yorba Linda is the home of Nixon’s presidential library which is a very interesting place. The city is described by CNN as the 21st best place in the U.S. to live which makes it the second highest-ranked California city in the survey. Yorba Linda was reported by the 2006 Census data to be the richest city in America with median household income over $112,000. Sitting 750 feet above sea level, Black Gold Golf Course offers excellent views of the famous surroundings. The course, bordered by the Chino Hills State Park, is absolutely beautiful. Home to the award winning Park View Grille, this golf course has it all. Stefano’s Gold’n Baked Hams and La Bettola are my two favorite restaurants other than the Park View Grille.”

The city is located in Orange County, California and is 37 miles from downtown Los Angeles. It is home to the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum. He chose this location because it is where he was born and brought up. As of the last census it had a population of about 65,000 most of who are upper middle-class. It has a livability index of 80 which compared with many other cities in California is extremely livable. Yorba Linda roughly is Spanish for Beautiful Yorba.

The place where the city of Yorba Linda is located once was home to the Tongva, Luiseno and Juaneno native Indian tribes. Bernardo Yorba, son of Jose Antonio Yorba, was given a land grant of about 13,000 acres by the Mexican governor. After the Mexican-Spanish war the family was able to hold onto most of it, and they created the Rancho canon de Santa Ana.

Decades later a piece of the land was sold to the Janss Investment Company which gave the city its current name and proceeded to sell off lots mainly for agriculture and engineering. Agriculture prospered – by 1910 lemon and orange groves were planted and they thrived. This helped the city to prosper and two years later a school and a post office were established. The Pacific Electric Railway was also established and this helped with the transportation of the oranges and lemons.

Wikipedia picks up the story: “In 1913, Richard Nixon was born in Yorba Linda, the chamber of commerce was set up, a library opened as part of the school, and avocado trees were first planted. A year later, a separate district was established for the library system. In 1915, the Susanna Bixby Bryant Ranch house was constructed. It is now a museum and can be toured by the public. In 1917, the Yorba Linda Star began publication. It has since become an online section of the OC Register. 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. In that same year, the first street was paved, Yorba Linda Boulevard. The population exceeded 300 for the first time prior to 1920. In 1929, the citrus association’s packing house burned down, as it was made of wood. It reopened the next year. During this period, the eastern two-thirds of Yorba Linda (east of the Yorba Linda Country Club) remained part of cattle and agricultural ranches controlled by pioneer families such as the Yorba, de los Reyes, Kraemer, Travis, Dominguez, Friend, and Bryant ranches.”

Yorba Linda today has a population that is 75% white, 16% Asian and the rest is a mix of other races including African American, Hispanic and Pacific Islander. The cost of living is 30% higher than the average in California while the median household income is 89% higher than the state average. You will be very safe living in Yorba Linda – the crime rate is 67% lower than the California average while the high school graduation rate is 19% higher than the average across the state. The city is served by the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District, and according to Wikipedia, “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, Mater Dei High School (co-ed) in Santa Ana, or Santa Margarita Catholic High
School (co-ed) in Rancho Santa Margarita.”

You need to have some good money to be able to afford a home in Yorba Linda – the median home value is 85% higher than the California average. If, for example, you are think of buying a 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home you can expect to pay around $800,000 while a 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom home will cost you $1.2 million. Yorba Linda’s economy is supported mostly by Savi Ranch and 5 other smaller shopping centers. There are about 1,500 businesses in the city and they provide employment for some of the residents. Most people, however, work in neighboring cities because Yorba Linda is mainly a bedroom community. Some of the top employers include CareFusion, Nobel BioCare, Costco, City of Yorba Linda, Vons, Kohl’s and Best Buy.

There is plenty to do in and around Yorba Linda. Many people who visit start by touring the presidential library but there are many parks where residents can go running, walking and even hiking.