7.4 out of 10

Fountain Valley

Ranked 33rd best city in California
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"A Nice Place to Raise a Family"

Fountain Valley is a smallish city of about 60,000 people in northern Orange County. It’s located adjacent to Huntington Beach but has its own unique character. Despite being located only a few miles from the beach, Fountain Valley does not share the beach culture that infuses Huntington Beach. The city is family-oriented and conservative. Many Fountain Valley residents grew up in the area and have chosen the city as a good place to raise a family. A large percentage of parents are involved as volunteers in PTA, school bands, youth sports and Scouts.

The 405 freeway cuts through Fountain Valley, creating two distinct areas. South of the freeway the city is mostly middle-class residential. There are many small neighborhoods surrounded by brick walls with a park or school in the center. The main commercial corridor is Brookhurst Street, where every type of fast food can be found as well as grocery stores, restaurants and clothing stores. In keeping with its family-oriented image, there are tutoring businesses, dance studios and martial arts studios throughout the city.

North of the 405 freeway is Mile Square Regional Park, a major recreational destination. The park includes two golf courses and facilities for basketball, tennis, soccer, baseball, archery, fishing and paddle boats. There is also a community center and Boys & Girls Club in Mile Square Park.

There are several large apartment complexes to the south of the park and neighborhoods with large newer houses on all the other sides. Nearby are both Costco and Sam’s Club warehouse stores. Sever major retail destinations are minutes away, including Westminster Mall, Bella Terra and South Coast Plaza. Fountain Valley’s official motto is “A nice place to live” and most of its residents heartily agree.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"A central, quiet neighborhood close to the action"

Fountain Valley is mostly residential, with the usual strip malls containing grocery stores and little restaurants and knick knack stores. There is a good bowling alley there, though, that is fun. Just make sure you make a reservation as it is always booked solid. Or, you can kill time while you wait for your lane by hitting up the karaoke in the bar. They also have a good sized hospital which has a decent reputation.

Fountain Valley is very green and clean. It looks like it would be a nice place to live if you are trying to raise a family, but, still want to be close to the beach (Huntington Beach and Newport Beach are close by) and have easy access to the 405. A great perk of Fountain Valley is Mile Square Park. It is a mile on each side and, you guessed it, it is square. There is a golf course in the park, as well as basketball and baseball fields and walking trails.

It is funny - as you get on the 405 leaving Fountain Valley, there is a water tank with “Shop Fountain Valley” painted on it in bright colors. Um…where exactly do they want us to shop? LOL! There is a complex with Costco and some very overpriced patio stores, but, for REAL shopping, check out nearby South Coast Plaza.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Great Middle Class Residental Area"

Located in the heart of the Orange County, Fountain Valley is a great city known to be a nice middle class residential area. Located minutes away from places of interests like Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm and also from prominent shopping malls like South Coast Plaza and Fashion Island, Fountain Valley is generally known as a nice place to live in and do business.

This is a nice city with well-maintained roads, amenities and parks. The people of Fountain Valley are known to have a median household income of about $78,000. The children have access to three high schools, three middle schools and nine elementary schools. Their high schools fall under the Huntington Beach Union and Garden Grove Unified School Districts. Their three middle schools and some of their elementary schools fall under the Fountain Valley School District. One middle school is in the Ocean View Middle School District and the other elementary schools fall under the Garden Grove Unified School District as well.

The city of Fountain Valley has great amenities like the Miles Square Park, where residents and visitors can enjoy a good game of golf, soccer, baseball, softball and even enjoy some time getting involved in archery and in the wilderness areas. There are also nice picnic regions, fishing lakes and a paddle boat ride in this park. This is a great park for individuals, couple, and families and even makes a great location for large gatherings and outdoor parties.

Fountain Valley also has its own Recreation Center and Sports Park, which aims to provide their residents with a wide range of facilities like an indoor gym, fields and ball courts, playgrounds and community rooms. They also host many events for the whole community such as egg hunts, car shows and the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony.

In all, Fountain Valley is truly a nice place for a family to live in and make themselves at home.
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