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  • Anaheim has a Livability Score of 63/100, which is considered below average
  • Anaheim crime rates are 4% lower than the California average
  • Cost of living in Anaheim is 2% higher than the California average
  • Anaheim real estate prices are 12% higher than the California average
  • Rental prices in Anaheim are 8% higher than the California average

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      Anaheim, CA

      When you wish upon a star chances are good you call Anaheim, California, home. While many know Anaheim as the home of Disneyland, the area is much more than the house that the mouse built. Known for its laid-back and carefree attitude, the city is one of Los Angeles' most-desirable and most-affordable suburbs, at least by California standards. Anaheim is the second largest city by size in all of Orange County, and it is home to over 350,000 people.

      Getting around the city of Anaheim is not too difficult thanks to wide streets and a number of alternative routes, however; all bets are off once you hit the I-5 or any of the other major freeways in the city since California's notorious traffic jams are ever-present in Anaheim and the whole of Southern California. The Orange County Transit Authority does provide commuters an alternative to sitting in your car and blowing your horn with its network of bus routes. With over 75 routes in operation, it is possible to navigate your way around Anaheim and the surrounding area without much worry.

      Anaheim is home to a number of professional sports franchises that have given the city some very exciting moments. The California Angels of Anaheim have been playing baseball in the city for over 30 years, and many know them from a Disney movie of a similar name many years ago. Disney also brought the Anaheim Mighty Ducks to the city after the success of their movie franchise of the same name. As you can see, Disney and the mouse have a lot of sway in this town. Anaheim is a favorite site for convention goers and youth sport tournaments thanks to the large number of hotel rooms available, practically perfect weather, and a large selection of dining options and shopping.

      Anaheim Shores, Hermosa Village, Yorba Linda, and Friendly Village of Anaheim are a handful of regions that are popular for those looking to buy a home. When considering where to live in the city, it is important to keep your commute in mind since the less time you can spend battling traffic, the more time you will get to spend outdoors enjoying the California sun.

      One of the best parts about life in Anaheim is the easy access you have to Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and the Pacific Ocean. All of these sights can be reached in less than one hour on a good day of traffic, and they are some of the top relaxation destinations in the world. Anaheim offers its residents a high quality of life that is less stressful than life in some of the larger cities that are not too far away.

      Top Rated Schools in Anaheim

      Name Grades Students Proficiency
      Crescent ElementaryKG - 677072%
      Nohl Canyon ElementaryKG - 655768%
      Running Springs ElementaryKG - 669568%
      Woodsboro ElementaryKG - 658266%
      Anaheim Hills ElementaryKG - 651365%
      Canyon Rim ElementaryKG - 669264%
      El Rancho Charter7 - 81,18663%
      Esperanza High9 - 121,85859%
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      A city with many issues

      Attractions10/10
      Community5/10
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      Anaheim is a diverse community of individuals where everyone is welcome. There is many attractions such as Disneyland, Angels Baseball, Honda Center and the Anaheim Convention Center. Living in Anaheim for 8 years has made me a little pooped. Residents are not bad people but they wouldn't care for you either. In comparison to more affluent neighborhoods people here do not say hi, and are very weary of everyone (always on the look out). I am sadden to say that many people live in overcrowded apartments, and they park their vehicles 4 blocks on another street. The APD is more interested in protecting the mouse and his friends. The city is rigged to look out for their best interest (my opinion and opinion of others). There is a huge problem with homeless people, to the point where it has created dangerous living conditions for themselves and other people living nearby by the Santa Ana River Bed. Overall this city makes me depress, people here just don't care for there city. Most litter in their own streets. I been in other cities and I can feel the difference. I am looking to move on and hopefully only come and visit the awesome attractions it has to offer. I hope they fix there many issues and stop favoring the Mouse and its rich friends over residents. However I won't hold my breath or wait for that to happen. Good Luck Stranger,
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      San Diego - Happiest Place on Earth's Home

      Attractions10/10
      Community8/10
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      Since I have many friends that live in Anaheim and the surrounding area, I am lucky to have traveled to Anaheim many times, and what a great place it is. Anaheim is full of attractions for everyone. Located about forty minutes south of Los Angeles, Anaheim reaps the benefits of being within striking distance of Los Angeles without the pitfalls of being right in Los Angeles proper. Day trips to Beverly Hills, Marina Del Rey, Hollywood, and Huntington Beach are as easy as day trips down the coast to San Diego and its beaches.

      Anaheim is home to professional sporting teams, the Anaheim Angels and the Anaheim Ducks, but Anaheim is most well known for its amusement parks, most notably Disneyland and all the fun, games, and happiness that comes with it. With magical fun for the whole family, Disneyland is Anaheim's major attraction, but it isn't all Anaheim has to offer. Disneyland's sister park, California Adventure, is right across the street. If you want to avoid the pricey ticket of spending the day in Disneyland or California Adventure then there's always Downtown Disney, all the excitement and ambiance and no ticket necessary. Last year, I got to go to the Surf Industry Manufacturer's Association (SIMA) Image Awards at The House of Blues in Downtown Disney. Even though it was a weeknight in winter, it was warm and welcoming in Downtown Disney with its first class dining, shopping, and entertainment venues. Anaheim is home to the Happiest Place on Earth which makes sense since there's no place else you can soar over California, see the Matterhorn, visit a princess's castle, and still have time to eat dinner in view of the Hollywood sign or the sun setting on a San Diego beach.
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      Anaheim - The Happiest Place in Orange County

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      Anaheim is the 10th largest city in California, houses a major convention center, holds one of America's most romantic restaurants (the Anaheim White House) and is the home of the man who invented the boysenberry. Even with those qualities, though, when one thinks of Anaheim, one thinks of its most famous tourist attraction: the Disneyland Resort.

      Anaheim is also a major business center, housing the US headquarters of Banco Popular, as well as world headquarters for Targus, CKE Restaurants, and a number of other companies. However, unless one is there on business, it has little for tourists, other than a certain resort which is home to a particularly famous mouse.

      Over the years, Anaheim has grown to embrace Disneyland, turning the area around the intersection of Harbor and Katella, located south of Interstate 5, into an all-compassing resort. It offers a range of tourist services all supporting Disneyland and its companion park, Disney's California Adventure. These two parks are reason enough to visit Anaheim.
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      Source: The Anaheim, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).