Renter's Guide to Anaheim
Anaheim, California is more than just Mickey Mouse and Disneyland. It’s the most populated city in Orange County and the 10th largest in California. While the Magic Kingdom looms large in terms of employment and entertainment, there is more to the region than you may think.
Anaheim weather is similar to many southern California cities, with a Mediterranean climate that keeps it warm most of the year, especially in the summer when the average high in August is 86.9 °F. Its mild winter averages 3.39 inches of rain in January with the lowest temperature dipping to 47.3 °F. In other words, shorts are useful for most of the year.
Anaheim, CA Demographics
- Total Population349,007
Female 173,136Male 175,871
- Median Age34
Cost of Living in Anaheim, CA
Anaheim does have an efficient bus system called the OCTA (Orange County Transportation Authority), which runs $2 each trip (a day pass is $5). However, 75% of Anaheim commuters travel alone in their car. With an average commute time of 26.7 minutes (the national average is 25.4), you’re likely to be stuck in rush hour traffic both going to and coming from work.
If you’d like to plan an evening out with a special someone, you’ll find a meal for 2 at an average restaurant in Anaheim runs about $50. An average fast food meal at one of the many fast-food establishments will cost you around $7. (Fun Fact: the first Carl’s Jr. opened in Anaheim.)
Basic utilities for a 915 sq. foot apartment runs $120.92 on average.
Average Rent in Anaheim, CA
- Anaheim, CA Average Rental Price, February 2019$1,787/mo
Anaheim, CA Apartment Rent Ranges
- > $2,00023%
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Living in Anaheim
If you like all things Disney, you are a short drive away from the Disneyland Resort, which includes Disneyland and California Adventure. It’s also a shopper’s paradise with Anaheim GardenWalk and Downtown Disney offering a lush outdoor retail experience. There’s also golfing, hiking, and biking in nearby Anaheim Hills.
If you DON’T like Disneyland (and the hordes of tourists it brings to the area), Anaheim is likely not for you. If you are commuting to another city, particularly LA or Riverside, you will spend a lot of time in your car. And we should mention that the weather in Anaheim during summer months can be brutal.
Ethnically speaking, Anaheim is essentially divided between Caucasian and Latino, so it’s good to know at least a little Spanish. There is a much smaller population of African Americans and Asians and it has been voted one of America’s most Conservative cities (Orange County tends to vote Republican).
Things to do in Anaheim
The obvious answer is Disneyland aka “The Happiest Place on Earth,” which can be a blast for families as well as adults and many locals have annual passes. Music lovers will dig the House of Blues Anaheim or City National Grove of Anaheim (“The Grove”), which is a stop for many mid-sized touring acts. Cinema City Anaheim is a great place for a first date to see the latest movies on a gigantic screen.
For an inexpensive meal that the whole family will love, try Cortina's Italian Market and Pizzeria. If you’re hanging out with the guys, Sammy’s Bar and Grill and their delicious burgers are sure to satisfy. The Ranch restaurant is also a fantastic option for American fare enthusiasts, as well as The Blind Rabbit. For a more upscale culinary experience, Napa Rose is located in Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, one of the finest hotels in Anaheim.
Free things to do in Anaheim mostly involve the outdoors in its two parks, Oak Canyon Nature Center and Yorba Linda Regional Park. But did you know kids can bowl for free? Registered children under 15 can get 2 free games daily June-September at Concourse Entertainment Center.
Sports fans have the mighty Anaheim Ducks hockey team, who won the Stanley Cup in 2007. Baseball team the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (locally known as the Angels) plays at Angels Stadium, and tickets are often hard to come by.
Every October, thousands gather for the Orange County Auto Show at the Anaheim Convention Center. That same month is also home to the annual Halloween Parade in downtown, one of the largest in the U.S. Every March St. Catherine’s Academy hosts an authentic Civil War Re-Enactment, albeit far from the actual battle lines.
Employment and Economy in Anaheim, California
If you haven’t guessed it by now, tourism is a major source of employment and a primary economic engine in Anaheim. Hotels, restaurants, and of course theme parks have many jobs for those in the service industry. Disneyland Resorts is by far the largest with 22,000; however, other major employers also include healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente and AT&T.
Anaheim, CA Households
- Total Number of Households100,280
Family 74,863Non-family 25,417
Children 42,239No Children 58,041
- Average People Per Household3.43
- Median Household Income$65,313
- Median Housing Costs Per Month$1,586
Education in Anaheim
Anaheim has eight smaller school districts within its boundaries, including the Anaheim Union School District, the Anaheim Elementary School District, and Orange School District, for a total of 84 schools. Private schools in Anaheim include Acaciawood Preparatory Academy and Servite High School. There are three private colleges in Anaheim, Anaheim University (formerly Asia University), Southern California Institute of Technology, and Bristol University.
Anaheim, CA Education Statistics
- No High School11%
- Some High School35%
- Some College24%
- Associate Degree7%
- Bachelor Degree17%
- Graduate Degree6%
Tips for Renting in Anaheim
Anaheim renters have the Fair Housing Council of OC to help with access to housing as well as to help resolve any landlord disputes. Like the rest of California, tenants have the right to a rental unit that is in a habitable condition and may withhold rent if it is not. There is no rent control in Orange County or Anaheim, but a landlord cannot raise the rent more than 10% without 60 days’ notice.
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