In 2013, La Palma was ranked 31st in the “Best places to live” among small cities (50,000 or less) in the United States by CNN’s Money magazine. In 2007, it was ranked 16th best place to live in the US. The rankings are based on the small-and-friendly neighborhood vibe, high-ranking schools, low crime-rate and the lowest police response time in Orange County. (According to Wikipedia) La Palma is one of those small towns that most people can’t identify on a map, but don’t let it’s small size fool you! They have a number of community events year round : a Fitness Run for Fun, a Halloween Carnival, Arbor and Memorial Day Celebrations, Concerts in the Park, a Holiday Tree Lighting, and more! Plus, it’s just minutes from the 91 Freeway which provides a handy link to anywhere in Southern California.
As you stroll through one of the many parks in our city, you’ll encounter lots of friendly people and things to do – whether it’s volleyball, basketball, skateboarding, kite flying or just picnicking – there’s something for everyone at our well maintained city parks.
One of the best things about La Palma is its central location – it’s close to three major freeways (the 405, 605 and 91) which makes it a breeze to get anywhere you might want to go in Southern California.
If getting close to nature is appealing to you, you have a number of places to choose from: you can drive down to the beach and enjoy the Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge or Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve or you can go to the nearby El Dorado Nature Center. Also, the Aquarium of the Pacific is a short drive from here.
And if your hungry but don’t want to cook, this town has a number of hidden gems just waiting for you to discover them! In addition to many chain restaurants like El Torito or Chili’s we have a wide array of independent, family-owned restaurants to satisfy all your cravings. In the mood for Mexican? I highly recommend La Capilla – but get there early, there’s usually a crowd. Craving a Chinese? You’re going to want to check out Panda Inn. But that’s just the beginning – because of it’s small size and central location, you are never far from great eats in the neighboring cities.
For elementary school, we have the George B. Miller Elementary which is rated 9/10 by GreatSchools.org. With its small classes and diverse student body, you can count on your child receiving a quality education here. Another outstanding elementary school here is Los Coyotes Elementary School that is rated 10/10 by greatschools.org. John F. Kennedy High School is another La Palma school rated 9/10 by greatschools.org.