What About Placentia?

What About Placentia?

December 16, 2020


By Saeed Ghaffari

History & Fun facts

In 1837, the Mexican government granted the area that is now Placentia to Juan Pacifico Ontiveros as part of the Rancho San Juan Cajón de Santa Ana land grant. In 1865, American pioneer Daniel Kraemer arrived and purchased 3,900 acres. Many other American pioneers soon followed and the community developed. The local school district was originally named the Cajon School District. In 1878, the school district’s name was changed to Placentia School District, Placentia being derived from a Latin word meaning “pleasant place to live.” The town eventually took its own name after the school district.

Primarily referred to as a bedroom community, Placentia is known for its quiet neighborhoods.  In 1971, Placentia was honored with the prestigious “All America City” Award, given out annually by the National Civic League to ten cities in the United States. 


Placentia has 19 schools from (pre-school through high school), of which 3 are private and 16 are public.

Public School Ratings

Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
No of Schools 0 0 1 1 1 3 0 2 6 2


Schools with highest ratings:

Golden Elementary: 10

Brookhaven Elementary: 10

Valencia High: 9

El Dorado High: 9

Col. J. K. Tuffree Middle: 9


Placentia population is reported to be 52,590 on 2010 census with a median age of 37 and the median income of $79,275.


Climate Comfort Index:  9.3 /10

Close to So Cal beaches and mountains, Cal State University Fullerton and downtown LA.

Real Estate Market

  Single Family Residence Condominium
Median Price $843,500 $524,450
Price Per Square Foot $413 $454


Single Family

What About Placentia

What About Placentia


What About Placentia

What About Placentia

Here is the rental market in Rancho Santa Margarita:


1 Bedroom

2 bedroom

3 bedroom

4 bedroom

Median Rent






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