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Stanton, California
Stanton City Hall
Stanton City Hall
Official seal of Stanton, California
Official logo of Stanton, California
"Community Pride and Forward Vision"
Location of Stanton within Orange County, California
Location of Stanton within Orange County, California
Stanton, California is located in the United States
Stanton, California
Stanton, California
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  California
County Flag of Orange County, California.svg Orange
Founded 1911
Incorporated June 4, 1956
 • Type Council–manager
 • Total 3.10 sq mi (8.03 km2)
 • Land 3.10 sq mi (8.03 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)  0%
66 ft (20 m)
 • Total 37,962
 • Density 12,213.55/sq mi (4,715.07/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (PST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
Area code 657/714
FIPS code 06-73962
GNIS feature ID 1661501
Downtown Stanton, California, 1913
Downtown Stanton, 1913

Stanton is a city in northern Orange County, California, part of the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The population was 37,962 at the 2020 United States Census. The city was incorporated in 1956 and operates under the council–manager form of government, providing a full range of municipal services. Stanton is bounded by Cypress on the west, Anaheim on the north, and east, and Garden Grove on the east and south.


On November 6, 1905, the Los Angeles Interurban Railway started service on the Santa Ana Line. It ran along an almost perfectly straight line between Watts and Santa Ana. Access to transportation allowed the population of the rural area which is now Stanton and West Anaheim to grow. In 1908, the privately owned Pacific Electric Railway leased the Santa Ana Line and took over the service which extended its regional light-rail system. By 1928, the impressive thousand-mile system allowed residents convenient travel throughout Los Angeles and Orange Counties. See 1928 Map. The passenger service to Santa Ana was discontinued in 1950, shortly after the railway was taken over by the Metropolitan Transportation Agency. The easement still runs through town and is empty or used for parking. It intersects Beach/Pacific and Cerritos/Western.

The area was incorporated into the first City of Stanton in 1911. It was decided to dis-incorporate in 1924. The motivation for giving up cityhood seems to be that it would relieve city taxpayers from the financial burden of building roads. As an unincorporated area, roads were paid for by the state. Also the main motivation for the 1911 incorporation — the city of Anaheim's 1911 plan to build a "sewage farm" west of their city — was no longer relevant. The costs of cityhood were greater than the benefit.

In the early 1950s, the area had experienced a post-war population boom, and in May 1956 the citizens decided to incorporate into today's City of Stanton. The first city was around 16 square miles (41 km2), and today's Stanton is a bit over three square miles. The cost of being incorporated into a city is still a salient issue in this part of the county. There are many small areas around Stanton which are unincorporated and receive their services from the County of Orange.

The city of Stanton mitigates the high costs of cityhood for a relatively small population by contracting out municipal services. Most of the police services and fire protection are provided by the Orange County's Sheriff's Department and Orange County Fire Authority respectively. Ambulance service is provided by a private company, Care Ambulance Service. Stanton had formed its own police department when the city incorporated in 1956, but a union strike citing poor working conditions was originally reported as the major cause of its disbanding (and takeover by the Sheriff's Department) in 1988. The city's crime rate has decreased 40% from 2007 to 2013.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.15 square miles (8.2 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 695
1960 11,163
1970 18,186 62.9%
1980 23,723 30.4%
1990 30,491 28.5%
2000 37,403 22.7%
2010 38,186 2.1%
2020 37,962 −0.6%
U.S. Decennial Census


The 2010 United States Census reported that Stanton had a population of 38,186. The population density was 12,122.5 people per square mile (4,680.6/km2). The racial makeup of Stanton was 16,991 (44.5%) White, 858 (2.2%) African American, 405 (1.1%) Native American, 8,831 (23.1%) Asian, 217 (0.6%) Pacific Islander, 9,274 (24.3%) from other races, and 1,610 (4.2%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 19,417 persons (50.8%). Non-Hispanic Whites were 21.8% of the population.

The Census reported that 37,836 people (99.1% of the population) lived in households, 92 (0.2%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 258 (0.7%) were institutionalized.

There were 10,825 households, out of which 5,015 (46.3%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 5,551 (51.3%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 1,798 (16.6%) had a female householder with no husband present, 860 (7.9%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 645 (6.0%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 74 (0.7%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 1,958 households (18.1%) were made up of individuals, and 846 (7.8%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.50. There were 8,209 families (75.8% of all households); the average family size was 3.90.

The population was spread out, with 10,566 people (27.7%) under the age of 18, 4,062 people (10.6%) aged 18 to 24, 11,289 people (29.6%) aged 25 to 44, 8,455 people (22.1%) aged 45 to 64, and 3,814 people (10.0%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33.0 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.8 males.

There were 11,283 housing units at an average density of 3,582.0 per square mile (1,383.0/km2), of which 5,418 (50.1%) were owner-occupied, and 5,407 (49.9%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 2.1%; the rental vacancy rate was 4.3%. 18,033 people (47.2% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 19,803 people (51.9%) lived in rental housing units.

According to the 2010 United States Census, Stanton had a median household income of $50,542, with 16.9% of the population living below the federal poverty line.


At the 2000 census, there were 37,403 people, 10,767 households and 7,806 families residing in the city. The population density was 11,971.0 inhabitants per square mile (4,628.6/km2). There were 11,011 housing units at an average density of 3,524.1 per square mile (1,362.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 49.57% White, 2.27% African American, 1.06% Native American, 15.45% Asian, 0.92% Pacific Islander, 25.71% from other races, and 5.02% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 48.89% of the population.

There were 10,767 households, of which 41.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.2% were married couples living together, and 27.5% were non-families. 21.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.43 and the average family size was 3.93.

Age distribution was 30.4% under the age of 18, 10.5% from 18 to 24, 33.3% from 25 to 44, 16.2% from 45 to 64, and 9.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females, there were 102.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.1 males.

The median household income was $39,127, and the median family income was $40,162. Males had a median income of $27,644 versus $25,995 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,197. About 13.4% of families and 18.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.2% of those under age 18 and 13.2% of those age 65 or over.

Parks and recreation

Pacific electric rail stanton2008
Pacific Electric Easement

Over the past five years the city of Stanton has upgraded its parks. It has also opened new parks: Veterans Memorial Park, Pocket Park and Harry M. Dotson Park. Public parks include Harry M Dotson Park, Hollenbeck Park, the Norm Ross Sports Complex, Martha Weishaupt Linear Park, Premier Park, Stanton Community Services Center Park, Stanton Municipal Tennis Center, Stanton Park, Veterans Memorial Park, Stanton Central Park, and Zuniga Park. Adventure City, a small amusement park, is located in Stanton. In 2012, Hollenbeck Park was closed and fenced-off for over a year. The city claimed it could not afford to maintain the large property. According to the city Fire Department, funds were raised by the department for maintenance and the park was re-opened 2014.

In the 1950s, with help of the James Irvine Foundation, the Stanton Lions Club and a land donation from a local farmer, Lions-Stock Park was built with a sports facility and community center. This privately owned park was later purchased by the school board.


According to the city's 2020 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Rowntree Gardens 320
2 The Home Depot 150
3 Super King Market 128
4 CR Transfer Inc. 122
5 Great Scott Tree Service 112
6 All Metals Process 105
6 Adventure City 105
7 Custom Pipe & Coupling 104
8 Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market 93
9 Food 4 Less 68
10 White Bottle 65


Residents of the city are served by four public school districts and one private school:

The Garden Grove Unified School District operates a special education school in Stanton, named Carver (ECEC).

The Savanna School District serves elementary school students and has a high API similar school ranking of 9.75 out of 10 as compiled by the California Department of Education.

The Magnolia School District's Baden-Powell and Pyles Schools have been named as a Title I Academic Achievement School.

Anaheim Union High School District.

Saint Polycarp School (K-8) Catholic School

Educational resources

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 homework 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.



Stanton is located north of the Garden Grove (22) Freeway, south of the Artesia (91) Freeway, east of the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway and west of the Santa Ana (5) Freeway.


East–west major thoroughfares are (in order from north to south) Cerritos Avenue, Katella Avenue, Orangewood Avenue, Chapman Avenue, Lampson Avenue and at the southernmost boundary, Garden Grove Boulevard. North–south thoroughfares are (in order from west to east) Knott Avenue, Western Avenue, Beach Boulevard, Dale Avenue and Magnolia Avenue.

Emergency services

Fire protection in Stanton is provided by the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) with ambulance transport by Care Ambulance Service. The Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD) provides law enforcement services under the command of Police Chief Cruz Alday. In 1987 the city disbanded its police and fire departments and contracted with county agencies.

In 2021, Safewise included Stanton in their seventh annual "California’s 50 Safest Cities" report.

Community service organizations

  • American Legion Post 783
  • Greater Anaheim Chamber of Commerce
  • Stanton Boys and Girls Club
  • Stanton Kiwanis Club
  • Stanton Lions Club
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