Government City Council: John Kanel (mayor), William Davis (mayor pro tem), Cornelius Coronado Jr., Margaret M. Arnold, Gerald Mullen City Manager: Darrell Essex Fire Chief: county Chief of Police: Ronald Lowenberg Statistics
Population: (1986 est.) 42,593 Area: 6.4 square miles Incorporation: July 24, 1956 Median household income: $39,780 Median home value: $112,284
Racial/ethnic mix: white, 88.1%; Latino, 13.5%; black, 1.9%; other, 10 % (Total is more than 100% because racial/ethnic breakdowns overlap) City Services City Hall 229-6700 5275 Orange Ave. Police (business) 229-6600 5275 Orange Ave. Fire (business) 538-3551 4991 Cerritos St. Post Office 828-2266 5762 Lincoln Ave. In Emergency, Dial 911 Employment status
Employed persons: 20,840 Unemployed: 797 Not in labor force: 7.984 Per capita income: $9,327
Population Median Age: 31.6 years Education Adults over 25 Years of school completed: 0-11 years: 16.2% 12 years: 35.6% 13-15 years: 27.5% 16+ years: 20.6% Median years completed: 12.9 Statistics: Donnelley Demographics FOCUS Hometown for business Named Watertown and Dairy City before becoming Cypress in a 1956 straw vote, the small town at the county border has changed its identity as often as its name. Bucolic life and the dairy industry faded when cows were ordered out and people were lured in to a growing bedroom community with rising property values in the late '50s and '60s. Living up to the city motto of Progress in the late '70s, town leaders, not content to languish in a residential community, began courting corporations to make Cypress the "hometown for business." A 514-acre master-planned Cypress Business Park, offering proximity to freeways and the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, has attracted regional and national headquarters for corporations including Panasonic Technics, Mitsubishi Motor Sales of America, Fiat/Ferrari Motors, Yamaha Motor Corporation, PacifiCare Health Systems and McDonnell Douglas--Automation. Development of about 3.5 million square feet has been approved so far, and the business park's potential extends to 13.5 million square feet of industrial, commerical and retail space. By the year 2,000, according to a Southern California Assn. of Governments forecast, Cypress will have outgrown its image as a bedroom community with a 20-year, 287% increase in jobs, and about 27,500 new workers.