Located at Orange County’s northernmost corner, La Habra is 7.3 square miles with a population of 61,789 and approximately 21,000 households. A quiet residential community, it is conveniently located within an hour’s drive of many beaches, mountain, and desert recreation areas.
A full-service city employing over 275 people on a full-time basis, La Habra provides a full range of services, including police protection, water and sanitation services, street maintenance, animal control, permit processing, and recreation programs. Within the City are three outstanding school districts, which combined operate eight elementary schools, three middle schools, and two public high schools. A number of private and specialty schools also exist including preschools and those for the developmentally challenged. The City continues to focus on public safety, capital improvements, economic development, customer service, and beautification.
La Habra also offers a distinctive and well-rounded program of civic, recreational, social and cultural services to its residents, including 20 parks, a Children’s Museum, Community Theater, Tennis Center, and diverse Community Center. Community services include senior citizen programs, recreation classes, youth and adult sports programs, facility rentals, and an active volunteer program.
Local Attractions include:
Boulevard of the Bells:
In commemoration of the original El Camino Real route that traversed Central Avenue (now La Habra Boulevard) during the mission days, replica 1906 bells have been placed at significant historical sites along that route, establishing this historical corridor as “The Boulevard of the Bells.”
The bell and plaque at the corner of La Habra Boulevard and Euclid Street marks “La Habra’s Birthplace”. According to the wording on the plaque, “The first post office officially naming this settlement La Habra was granted in 1898 and was established in a corner of Coy’s Store, located on this site. El Camino Viejo, the old road between the missions, passed this corner, which became a central trading point in the fertile La Habra valley.” The plaque was designated Historical Site No. 29 in 1978, by the Orange County Board of Supervisors and Orange County Historical Commission.
World-Famous Corn Festival
La Habra is also home to the annual Corn Festival, an event sponsored by the La Habra Host Lions Club that attracts several thousand visitors from La Habra and surrounding communities. The event is usually held the first weekend in August at El Centro-Lions Park.
Richard Nixon Law Office
The Milhous Family, grandparents of the nation’s 37th President, Richard Milhous Nixon, were among the first settlers in La Habra. Richard Nixon opened his first law office in La Habra, located on La Habra Boulevard, at the site of the current Community Center.
Children’s Museum at La Habra
This hands-on facility is partially housed inside a 1923 Union Pacific Train Depot. The museum opened in 1977 and was the first of its kind west of the Mississippi River. This unique educational facility is devoted to young children. The Museum boasts 90,000+ visitors a year. The Children’s Museum can be found on the Web at www.lhcm.org.
La Bonita Sports Complex
La Bonita Sports Complex is located at 1440 W. Whittier Boulevard and is home to a skate park, multi-use rink and court, four lighted softball fields, playground and a concession/restroom building. This multi-million dollar facility was completed in 2006 and is a crowning jewel in the City’s park system.