Living in the Golden State is an aspiration many people have. In a state with such a wide range of climates and lifestyles, however, it's important to do your research before you make any calls or open your checkbook. If you're looking for a good balance of the culture-heavy lifestyle of southern California and the sense of stability that comes with living in a college town, this bustling 22 square mile city of nearly 140,000 residents may just be the place for you.
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In terms of weather, Fullerton is quite emblematic of the mild to warm conditions that most people think of when they hear about California. The hottest parts of summer creep toward the triple digit mark, while winters don't get far below 50 degrees. As a result, there's a constant sense of motion to the city, encouraging citizens to do good hard work all year round. It shouldn't come as much of a surprise that because of the education-heavy nature of Fullerton, some of the largest local employers are Cal State Fullerton University, Fullerton College, and the Fullerton School District. The city is welcoming for young ones still in grade school as well, with over 20 options for getting the kids from kindergarten through high school.
Fullerton is also host to a thriving cultural scene. Up and coming musical acts abound, with performances taking place all over the city. The Sunny Hills Performing Arts Center as well as the Muckenthaler Cultural Center host numerous classical concerts and other acts throughout the year. The local theater scene has also been growing in recent years, with groups like the Fullerton Civic Light Opera based at the Plummer Auditorium. Fullerton High School's Academy of the Arts and Fullerton College also host several large-scale performances each year. This is all without mentioning the smaller storefront theaters that are scattered throughout the city. There's no shortage of outdoor activities to enjoy, either. In addition to the over 50 city parks and the 200 acre Brea Dam Recreational Area, Fullerton also has an equestrian center with several horse trails, a tennis center and a pair of golf courses. For more family-oriented activities, Fullerton's close proximity to the city of Anaheim means popular theme parks Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm are just a short drive away. Whether you're seeking a place to live with a wide variety of nearby employment opportunities or you want a stable place for the kids to go to school, Fullerton is a prime choice.