Founded in 1887 by George and Edward Amerige, Fullerton is a mid-sized and well-established suburban city. Being over 117 years old, the city has gone through many changes, yet also reserved its classic, historical feel.
It’s large enough to have its own extensive community services, many community activities and a variety of entertainment and recreational options, yet small enough to have a low crime rate, quiet neighborhoods and the convenience of being able to walk or drive just about anywhere in a short amount of time. Interested in moving to Fullerton? Here’s what you need to know.
Students of any age will appreciate the variety of educational opportunities in the city of Fullerton. The Fullerton School District’s 17 elementary schools have a variety of programs that enhance student education, including the GATE program for gifted and talented students, the 1:1 laptop program that lends students laptops to use at home and at school, instrumental music instruction, visual art programs and all day kindergarten. Troy High School is one of the best schools in the nation and is best known for its Troy Tech Magnet Program in Science, Mathematics and Technology. The program offers hands-on training and advanced classroom instruction that prepares students for a modern day career in science, technology and/or math. The educational opportunities continue with higher education at California State University Fullerton and Fullerton Junior College.
Fullerton prides itself in having a strong sense of community and provides a variety of activities, programs, clubs and organizations that make this big town feel intimate and allow residents to meet new people and connect with neighbors. There are four community centers and one senior center that offer a variety of services and activities for the whole family. There is after school care and tutoring, ESL classes, playground and splash pools, teen clubs, parenting classes, exercise and health classes, group travel opportunities, and so much more. Each center is a great place to get connected and take advantage of the great services Fullerton has to offer.
In addition to the activities that take place at the community center, there are different activities happening throughout the city at various times of the year. The Fullerton Market in the Downtown Plaza is open every Thursday afternoon and evening from April to October. Because it stays open after work and school hours, it’s a popular place for families to go and enjoy live entertainment, fresh produce, arts and crafts and an outdoor beer garden. There is an annual 4th of July Festival, Summer Concert Series and Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. Just about any night of the week residents can keep themselves occupied with a show at one of Fullerton’s four playhouses, browse an exhibit at the City of Fullerton Museum, enjoy the beautiful greenery at the Fullerton Arboretum or watch a sporting event at one of the local high schools or colleges. The downtown area is very hip, with many local restaurants, shops, clubs and bars. For the outdoor enthusiast there are bike trails, a fishing lake, parks and hiking trails within the city and beaches, state parks and campgrounds in the surrounding cities.
Fullerton is a generally safe city with a crime rate lower than the state average. Residents enjoy quiet neighborhoods and feel safe riding bikes or walking to local businesses. It’s a great place for students, young professionals, families and retirees!