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COMMUNITY PROFILE: FULLERTON

December 03, 1987|Clipboard researched by Rick VanderKnyff, Dan Crump, Nancy Reed, Henry Rivero, Deborrah Wilkinson / Los Angeles Times

Government City Council: Richard C. Ackerman (mayor), Linda LeQuire (mayor pro tem), Chris Norby, Molly McClanahan, Buck Catlin City Manager: William C. Winter Fire Chief: Ron Coleman Chief of Police: Phil Goehring Statistics Population: (1986 est.) 108,262 Area: 22 square miles Incorporation: Feb. 15, 1904 Median household income: $31,134 Median home value: $98,172 Racial/ethnic mix: white, 86.4%; Latino,14.6%; black, 1.9%; other, 11.7% (Total is more than 100% because racial/ethnic breakdowns overlap) City Services City Hall 738-6300 303 W. Commonwealth Ave. Police (business) 738-6800 237 W. Commonwealth Ave. Fire (business) 738-6500 312 E. Commonwealth Ave. Post Office 525-2787 1350 E. Chapman Ave. In Emergency, Dial 911 Employment status Employed persons: 54,596 Unemployed: 2,423 Not in labor force: 24,169 Per capita income: $10,277 Education Adults over 25 Years of school completed: 0-11 years 18.3% 12 years 30.2% 13-15 years 24.6% 16+ years 26.9% Median years completed: 13.1 FOCUS

The Second Century

Fullerton marked its hundredth year in 1987--recalling a time when town founders recognized George H. Fullerton for his work in bringing the southward-bound Santa Fe railroad through the agricultural community. Fullerton was once a booming farming town with citrus groves, grain, walnut, cabbage, tomato and olive crops. Now accessible by four freeways, the fifth largest city in the county is known as an educational and manufacturing center with a charter-service airport as well as a train station.

Four colleges, a university and about 900 manufacturing concerns operate in the city that is home to California State University at Fullerton, Fullerton College, Pacific Christian College, Western State College of Law and the Southern California College of Optometry. Hughes Aircraft-Ground Systems leads the city's employment with 15,000 workers, followed by Wells Fargo Guard Services, Cal State, Beckmann Instruments and Beatrice/Hunt Wesson Foods.

Cal State Fullerton--a commuter college with an enrollment of 24,416--expects to open its first on-campus housing in February with clustered apartments for 391 students. The first commercial hotel to be built on a public California university campus is scheduled for construction this summer and the university will get its first sports complex in a unique arrangement among city, university and hotel officials. The $16-million Marriott Hotel will help finance the $6.7-million sports facility, to include a 10,000-seat football and soccer stadium and a 2,000-seat baseball pavilion. It will be built on the northern part of the campus and will be supported in part by profits from the 224-room hotel. Opening for the hotel is scheduled in 1988 and for the sports complex in 1989.

Statistics: Donnelley Demographics

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