Anaheim Business Signs
The native Tongva and Juaneno/Luiseno people originally lived in what would become Orange County, California. A German-American community founded the city of Anaheim in 1857. The name is a blend of “Ana”, after the nearby Santa Ana River, and “heim”, which is a German place name with the original meaning of “home”. This community considered the settlement their “home by the river.”
A 2013 US Census estimate put the population of Anaheim at 345,012 people. This makes it the largest city in Orange County, the 10th largest city in California, and the 56th largest city in the country. Anaheim is part of the LA metropolitan area, which itself has a population of 12,828,837 people. The Los Angeles metropolitan area is the second largest metropolitan area in the United States.
Anaheim’s main economic force is undoubtedly the tourism industry. The Walt Disney Company is the area’s largest employer, and the specific Disneyland Resort itself brings in $4.7 billion a year to Southern California’s economy. The Disneyland Resort includes two theme parks: Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure.
Disneyland Park opened in 1955 and has “Sleeping Beauty Castle” as its centerpiece. Other sections of the park include Main Street, U.S.A., Adventureland, New Orleans Square, Frontierland, Critter Country, Fantasyland, Mickey’s Toontown, and Tomorrowland.
As for Disney California Adventure, this theme park opened in 2001 and includes Buena Vista Street, Paradise Pier, Grizzly Peak, Pacific Wharf, Hollywood Land, A Bug’s Land, and Cars Land. Disney California Adventure also features live entertainment like World of Color, Mad T Part, ElecTRONica, Pixar Play Parade, The Red Car News Boys, and The Five & Dime swing band.
Anaheim’s economy isn’t just about Disney, however. The world-famous Anaheim Convention Center, the host of multiple national conferences, also accounts for substantial tourism dollars.
Anaheim also serves as the site for the corporate offices and/or headquarters for companies such as Anaheim Memorial Medical Center, Banco Popular’s North American headquarters, CKE Restaurants (which is the parent company of Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s, Green Burrito, and Red Burrito chains), Fujistu, Hewlett Packard, Isuzu’s North American headquarters, Kaiser Foundation, Panasonic, Raytheon, Sunny Delight, and Zyxel.
Anaheim is also the site of Downtown Disney, which includes the ESPN Zone and House of Blues. One Anaheim attraction not owned by Disney (it’s owned by the City of Anaheim) is the City National Grove of Anaheim. This indoor, live music venue, formerly known as Tinseltown and The Sun Theatre, has a seating capacity for about 1,700 audience members.
Anaheim currently has three professional sports teams. The NHL’s Anaheim Ducks (once called the ‘Mighty Ducks’) play in the Honda Center, and have one Stanley Cup to their name. The AFL’s LA Kiss also play in the Honda Center. MLB’s Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim play their home games at Angel Stadium of Anaheim and have one World Series championship to their name.
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