LAKE FOREST CALIFORNIA
is a city in Orange County,
California. The population was about
78,720 as of January 1, 2010.
Forest incorporated as a city on December 20, 1991. Since being
incorporated, it has expanded its limits to include the communities
Ranch and Portola Hills.
Foothill Ranch and Portola Hills are master planned developments
that brought new homes and commercial centers to the Eastern boundary
of Lake Forest throughout the 1990s. Lake Forest (along with its
neighboring cities Mission
Viejo and Irvine) is ranked
as one of the safest cities in the country. The private research
firm Morgan Quitno
ranked Lake Forest as the 15th safest city and another firm later
ranked Lake Forest 10th in 2007 in the United States.
city has two lakes from which the city gets its name. The lakes
are man-made, and condominiums and custom homes ranging from large
to small line their shores. The Lake Forest Beach and Tennis Club
and Sun and Sail Club feature tennis courts, gyms, basketball courts,
barbecue pits, volleyball courts, multiple swimming pools, saunas,
hot tubs and club houses for social events. The "forest" for which
the city is also named lies in the area between Ridge Route, Jeronimo,
Lake Forest and Serrano roads, and consists mostly of Eucalyptus
trees. It began in the 1900s when
a local landowner, Dwight Whiting, planted 400 acres of Eucalyptus
groves in the vicinity of Serrano Creek as part of a lumber operation.
In the late 1960s, the Occidental
Petroleum company developed a residential community in and around
the Eucalyptus groves which had long since expanded and grown much
Toro Road business corridor revitalization
Toro Road at the Interstate 5 Freeway
was the epicenter of the Saddleback Valley from the late 1800s to
the end of the twentieth century. However, the area gradually deteriorated,
and most of the shops closed or moved to other cities. After years
of planning, the City has worked with the property owners of some
ageing strip malls and developed the "Arbor at Lake Forest" commercial
district. The new center can now compete with large shopping centers
in cities that surround Lake Forest.
businesses and organizations
city is home to the headquarters of eyewear manufacturer Oakley,
Inc.; in-flight entertainment provider Panasonic Avionics; hard-drive
maker Western Digital; Karem
Aircraft an aircraft company developing UAV's
with major aircraft companies; telecommunications software developer
Greenlight Wireless Corp.; barbecue retailer Barbeques
Galore; medical equipment maker Apria Healthcare; and skateboarding
companies Sole Technology, Inc.,
Etnies, and Tilly's; among others. It is
also the home of the corporate headquarters for Eagle Community
Credit Union, a credit union focused on serving postal and federal
employees who live or work in Orange County.
along with Oakley, the city is probably best known as the home of
Rick Warren's famed megachurch,
Saddleback Church, currently the
eighth-largest church in the United States.
Forest is also home to two county parks. Whiting Ranch in the eastern
part of the city was the site of an infamous mountain
lion mauling in 2004 that captured the attention of the West
Coast news media.
Hill historical park is home to some of the oldest buildings in
the county, including the Serrano Adobe, the old El Toro School
House, and St. Georges Episcopal Church.
Forest has one high school, El Toro
High School. The high school was opened in 1973. It has established
itself as one of the top
schools in Southern California, along with the other three comprehensive
high schools in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District.[citation
needed] The mascot is a bull and its teams are known
as the Chargers. School colors are blue and gold.
Forest is served by two libraries of the Orange
County Public Library.
Forest is located at
to the United States Census
Bureau, the city has a total area of 32.7 km² (12.6 mi²).
32.3 km² (12.5 mi²) of it is land and 0.3 km² (0.1 mi²)
of it (0.95%) is water.
Forest is bordered by Irvine
on the west, Laguna Hills
on the southwest, Mission
Viejo on the southeast, Trabuco
Canyon on the east, and Limestone Canyon Regional Park on the
Toro/Lake Forest/Portola is located in the heart of the Saddleback
Valley. It is also in the northern section of South Orange County.
has two man-made lakes identified by the clubhouses on the lakes —
the Beach and Tennis Club (Hidden Lakes, formerly Lake I) and the
Sun and Sail Club (Lake II).
of the census of 2000, there were 58,707
people, 20,008 households, and 14,745 families residing in the city.
The population density was 1,814.8/km²
(4,698.8/mi²). There were 20,486 housing units at an average density
of 633.3/km² (1,639.7/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 76.02%
American, 0.50% Native
American, 9.70% Asian,
Islander, 7.51% from other
races, and 4.24% from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 18.59% of the population.
were 20,008 households out of which 39.2% had children under the
age of 18 living with them, 59.1% were married
couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with
no husband present, and 26.3% were non-families. 19.4% of all households
were made up of individuals and 5.1% had someone living alone who
was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.89
and the average family size was 3.31.
the city the population was spread out with 27.0% under the age
of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 33.3% from 25 to 44, 23.2% from 45 to
64, and 8.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was
35 years. For every 100 females there were 96.7 males. For every
100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.6 males.
to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household in the city
was $86,285, and the median income for a family was $96,133. Males
had a median income of $52,019 versus $37,100 for females. The per
capita income for the city was $28,583. About 3.2% of families
and 5.3% of the population were below the poverty
line, including 5.0% of those under age 18 and 4.4% of those
age 65 or over.
Corps Air Station El Toro was located one mile (1.6 km)
from the city of Lake Forest in the city of Irvine.
At one time, El Toro was considered a military town, but the city
blossomed independently in the 1980s and 1990s and the base closed
the 40,352 registered voters in Lake Forest; 25.8% are Democrats
and 53.4% are Republicans. The remaining 20.8% either declined to
state political affiliation or are registered with one of the many
minor political parties. Peter Herzog serves as Lake Forest's Mayor
and Richard Dixon serves as Mayor Pro Tem. The three other City
Council members are Kathryn McCullough, Marcia Rudolph, and Mark
the state legislature
Lake Forest is located in the 33rd Senate
District, represented by Republican
Dick Ackerman, and in the 70th Assembly
District, represented by Republican Chuck
DeVore. Federally, Lake Forest is located in California's
48th congressional district, which has a Cook
PVI of R +8 and is represented by Republican John
Arenado, drafted by the Colorado Rockies of the MLB
Menna, A famous pistolero who migrated south to El Toro from the
La Habra Ranches in the late 1800s.
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