The City of Villa Park is a small and unique city with attractive homes and gardens, friendly businesses, city activities (social and philanthropic), fine schools and the lowest crime rate in the county. There is a rural like atmosphere with the absence of street lights, no sidewalks and tree lined streets. All while being centrally located to an assortment of recreational, business, cultural and social activities.
Villa Park is the smallest city by population in Orange County, California and is about 99% developed with single-family homes. Situated East of the 55 and to the South of the 91 Freeway and completely surrounded by the City Orange and near Anaheim Hills. Villa Park is centrally located with access to the 55, 91, 22, 57 and 405 freeways and the 133 and 241 toll roads.
Villa Park by the Numbers
- Incorporation: January 11th, 1962
- Villa Park is located at 33°48′58″N 117°48′40″W (33.816183, -117.811106)
- Villa Park Area code is 714 and 657
- Villa park ZIP code is 92861
- Residents: 5,861 (2019 census)
- Population Density: 2,830 people per square mile
- Homes: Approximately 2,000
- 99% Built Out
- Total Land Area: 2.1 square miles (5.4 km2)
- Elevation: 370 feet
- Registered Voters: 4,533
- Political Breakdown:
- Republican: 2,991 (65.98%)
- Democrat: 782 (17.25%)
- American Independent: 64 (1.41%)
- Green: 12 (.31%)
Villa Park City Council: The city is governed by five council members each elected for four-year terms. One council member each serves as Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem.
United States House of Representatives: 45th Congressional District.
California State Legislature: 37th Senate District and 68th Assembly District.
Orange County Board of Supervisors: 3rd District.
Orange Unified School District (OUSD): Trustee Area 4 (of 7).
City Staff: Ten City staff, including five full-time employees, three part-time employees and two part-time contract staff, perform a wide range of managerial, administrative and operational functions.
Volunteers: Estimated to number nearly 500, volunteers provide specialized expertise to City leaders (i.e. Law Enforcement Advisory Committee, Investment Advisory Committee, Infrastructure Management Advisory Committee) and provide leadership and organizational support to community activities and projects (i.e. Women’s League, Community Services Foundation).
Regulating Bodies: Several federal, state and county agencies, regulators and legislative bodies can impact Villa Park in a variety of ways, from environmental regulations to school governance to affordable housing mandates to water restrictions to revenue sharing and more.
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About Villa Park
The City of Villa Park encompasses 2.1 square miles and is located in north-central Orange County, approximately 15 miles northeast of the Pacific Ocean. Located near six major freeways that connect the City to other locations in Orange, Los Angeles and Riverside Counties, Villa Park is near the cities of Anaheim, Santa Ana, Tustin and Orange. Although the City has no direct freeway frontage, interstate and regional access to the City is provided by the SR-55 freeway. In addition, City connections to the counties of San Diego, Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino are provided by freeways nearby, including SR-57 (Orange Freeway), Interstate-5 (Santa Ana Freeway), SR-22 (Garden Grove Freeway) and SR-91 (Riverside Freeway).
Most of the vacant land in the city is occupied by the Santiago Creek Recharge Basin and utility easements. Villa Park is a predominantly residential community with relatively few commercial businesses and professional offices and no large employment centers or central business district. Geographically, Villa Park is almost completely surrounded by the City of Orange with only a small amount of unincorporated Orange County separating the two cities on the south side of the city.
Villa Park is mostly “built-out” and there is little opportunity for commercial and employment growth. The City contains only a small amount of vacant land or open space, and no sphere of influence. There is no privately-held vacant land adjacent to the City that could be annexed for development.
City Tree: Weeping Fig
City Flower: Orange Blossom
City Bird: Hummingbird
City Motto: “Villa Park, the Hidden Jewel”
Villa Park Town Center
The City currently has one 10-acre neighborhood-oriented shopping center comprised of approximately 60,000 square feet of retail/professional space. The shopping center is also the site of City Hall and the Villa Park branch of the Orange County Public Library. The 10-acre Town Center, includes a grocery store, banks, a pharmacy with a postal substation, a variety of specialty shops, restaurants and offices, City Hall and community room, and a branch of the Orange County Public Library. The two parcels at the northeast corner of the center contain City Hall, the library and a two-story office building, which was built in 1974
Villa Park Employment
The largest employer within Villa Park is the Orange Unified School District. The School District operates four schools within the city including two elementary schools, a middle school and a high school. In Villa Park, the School District employs approximately 225 full-time employees, and another 75 part-time employees. In addition to jobs located in the City’s sole commercial district, many home-based businesses are located in Villa Park. It is assumed that the City exports a majority of its workforce to the larger nearby communities of Orange, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Irvine, and points beyond.
Serrano Water District (SWD) serves the City of Villa Park. SWD receives its water supply from local surface water and groundwater from three wells located within the City of Villa Park. The District uses 4,200 to 4,400 acre feet of water annually, which also includes customers in the City of Orange. The SWD owns 50% of Irvine Lake, 25% of the water in the lake, and is the managing district for the lake (facility and recreation). With 43 miles of pipe, 3 wells, a treatment plant, and two reservoirs, all infrastructure needed to support expected future infill development in Villa Park is already in place.
Wastewater Collection and Treatment
The City owns and operates a sanitary sewer system in coordination with the Orange County Sanitation District for the benefit of the residents of the community. The system was constructed primarily in the 1960s and ‘70s and is fully developed. The system consists of approximately 153,000 linear feet (29 miles) of collector and trunk sewer mains ranging in size from 8 to 15 inches in diameter. Some of the trunk mains are joint use mains with the City of Orange. It is estimated there are about 26 operating septic tank systems remaining in the city. Wastewater treatment is provided by Orange County Sanitation District, of which Villa Park is a member. Treatment capacity is sufficient to accommodate projected development in Villa Park for the 2013-2021 planning period.