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Buena Park, California

Buena Park is a city located in Orange County, California. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 78,282.

Table of contents
1 Geography
2 Demographics
3 Points of Interest


Buena Park is located at 33°51'22" North, 118°0'15" West (33.856214, -118.004169)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 27.6 km² (10.6 mi²). 27.4 km² (10.6 mi²) of it is land and 0.2 km² (0.1 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.56% water.


As of the census of 2000, there are 78,282 people, 23,332 households, and 18,735 families residing in the city. The population density is 2,859.5/km² (7,403.1/mi²). There are 23,826 housing units at an average density of 870.3/km² (2,253.2/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 52.99% White, 3.83% African American, 0.96% Native American, 21.06% Asian, 0.51% Pacific Islander, 15.19% from other races, and 5.46% from two or more races. 33.50% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 23,332 households out of which 43.0% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.0% are married couples living together, 14.8% have a female householder with no husband present, and 19.7% are non-families. 14.4% of all households are made up of individuals and 5.4% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 3.32 and the average family size is 3.64.

In the city the population is spread out with 29.4% under the age of 18, 9.7% from 18 to 24, 32.3% from 25 to 44, 19.2% from 45 to 64, and 9.3% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 32 years. For every 100 females there are 98.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 94.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $50,336, and the median income for a family is $52,327. Males have a median income of $37,471 versus $30,287 for females. The per capita income for the city is $18,031. 11.3% of the population and 8.0% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 13.8% are under the age of 18 and 6.7% are 65 or older.

Points of Interest

Buena Park is home to many popular Southern California tourist attractions, including the venerable Knott's Berry Farm theme park, the Movieland wax museum, and the Medieval Times and Wild Bill's dinner shows. It neighbors Anaheim, California, with Disneyland only a few exits south on Interstate 5.