The City of Anaheim, which covers a vast fifty square miles of California, is considered one of the nation’s premier municipalities. It is home to around 50,000 residents, which makes it the the 10th most-populated city in California and the 54th most populated in the United States. Many speculate that the city will reach 400,000 by the year 2014 due to the growth and expansion of the Platinum Triangle (a neo-urban redevelopment district surrounding Angel Stadium that is planned to be populated with mixed-use streets and high-rises) and Anaheim Hills’ (master-planned community that is home to many sports stars and executives) development.
Anaheim, which was originally spelled “Annaheim,” was derived from “Anna” (taken from the nearby Santa Ana River, which was important to the lives of the early settlers and farmers) and “Heim,” which is the German word for home. The word means “home by Santa Ana River” when the two words are combined and the second “n” is dropped from the word. Its first settlers were German colonists who came to the land 150 years ago to grow grapes and produce wine. The city was the wine capital of California for many years, but it was later replaced by oranges, which later grew together with the city itself. In 1955, Walt Disney opened Disneyland to the city, and eleven years later, was followed by the Anaheim Stadium -- the current home field of Major League Baseball’s Angels. A year later saw the rise of The Anaheim Convention Center, which made it the largest convention center on the West Coast. Today, Anaheim is the second largest city in Orange County and is the hub of the county’s tourism industry.
Anaheim boasts of numerous attractions, such as the Disneyland Resort, Knott’s Berry Farm (first American Theme Park), The Shops at Anaheim GardenWalk (trendy AMF 300 Bowling, Heat Ultra Lounge nightclub, 14-plex movie theatre, wide selection of restaurants and various OC original shops), South Coast Plaza (top grossing shopping center in the country), Fashion Island (Mediterranean village atmosphere with more than 200 shops and restaurants), The Block at Orange (upscale bowling, surfwear shops and locals at the skate park), Mission San Juan Capistrano (return of the Swallows Celebration every March), Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace (more than 1,300 rose bushes in White House-style gardens), Crystal Cathedral (hailed as "the most spectacular religious edifice in the world"), The Beach (42 miles of coast with six unique cities: Seal Beach, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Dana Point and San Clemente), Discovery Science Center (interactive exhibits make science fun for everyone), and Angel Stadium of Anaheim.
Visitors who are into culture and arts can go to Bowers Museum of Cultural Art (nationally celebrated venue with more than 124,000 cultural artifacts on rotation.), Orange County Performing Arts Centre (OC’s premier arts venue showcasing top performances from Broadway shows to classical concerts) and Old Town Orange (historic neighborhood offering a slice of Main Street USA appeal). Downtown Anaheim artwork is also a major attraction in the city. It features Art in Public Places, which is developed to commemorate some of this history and integrate the human element into the physical environment of buildings, streets and landscaping. Some of the most popular works include the "Sinking Canoe" by Nobi Nagasawa, "Hammer Clock" by Daniel Martinez, and the Anaheim "A" benches by Buster Simpson.
The city of Anaheim relies mostly on its most important industry: Tourism. Its largest employer is Walt Disney Company. Other notable companies include: Banco Popular (a bank based in Puerto Rico), CKE Restaurants (the parent company of the Carl's Jr., Hardee's, Green Burrito, and Red Burrito restaurant chains), Northgate Gonzalez (thirty chain Hispanic grocery store), General Dynamics, Universal Alloy Corp, Fremont Reorganizing Corporation, Cristek Interconnects, Tenet Healthcare, Nippon Software, Kaiser Foundation, AT&T, Pacific Sunwear, Crest Digital, Lasco, and Lantis.
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