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City of Seal Beach

Charter city[1]

A pier in Seal Beach


Location of Seal Beach within Orange County, California.

City of Seal BeachLocation in the United States


33°45′33″N 118°4′57″WCoordinates: 33°45′33″N 118°4′57″W

Country United States

State California

County Orange

Incorporated October 27, 1915[2]


• Type Council/city manager[1]

• Mayor Ellery A. Deaton[3]


• Total 13.040 sq mi (33.775 km2)

• Land 11.286 sq mi (29.231 km2)

• Water 1.754 sq mi (4.544 km2) 13.45%

Elevation[5] 13 ft (4 m)

Population (April 1, 2010)[6]

• Total 24,168

• Estimate (2013)[6] 24,605

• Density 1,900/sq mi (720/km2)

Time zone Pacific Time Zone (UTC-8)

• Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)

ZIP code 90740

Area code 562

FIPS code 06-70686

GNIS feature IDs 1661416, 2411851


California Historical Landmark

Official name Anaheim Landing[7]

Reference no. 219

Seal Beach is a city in Orange County, California. As of the 2010 census, the population was 24,168, up from 24,157 at the 2000 census.

Seal Beach is located in the westernmost corner of Orange County. To the northwest, just across the border with Los Angeles County, lies the city of Long Beach and the adjacent San Pedro Bay. To the southeast are Huntington Harbour, a neighborhood ofHuntington Beach, and Sunset Beach, also part of Huntington Beach. To the east lie the city of Westminster and the neighborhood of West Garden Grove, part of the city of Garden Grove. To the north lie the unincorporated community ofRossmoor and the city of Los Alamitos. A majority of the city's acreage is devoted to the Naval Weapons Station Seal Beachmilitary base.[8]

Contents [hide]


1.12011 shooting







4.1Top employers

5Arts and culture

5.1Annual cultural events


5.3Other points of interest



7.1State and federal representation


9Notable people

10See also


12External links


Early on, the area that is now Seal Beach was known as "Anaheim Landing", as the boat landing and seaside recreation area named after the nearby town of Anaheim. The site of Anaheim Landing is now registered as a California Historical Landmark.[7]

By the 20th century, it was known as Bay City, but there was already a Bay City located in Northern California. When the time of incorporation on October 27, 1915, the town was named Seal Beach. The town became a popular recreation destination in the area. The Joy Zone, a beach-side amusement park built in 1916, was the first in Orange County.[9]

The United States Navy's Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach was originally constructed during World War II for loading, unloading, and storing of ammunition for the Pacific Fleet, and especially those US Navy warships home-ported in Long Beachand San Diego, California. With closure of the Concord Naval Weapons Station in Northern California, it has become the primary source of munitions for a majority of the U.S. Pacific Fleet.[10]

Seal Beach amusement park, 1920.

Anaheim Landing aerial photo, circa 1930s

2011 shooting[edit]

Main article: 2011 Seal Beach shooting

The deadliest mass killing in Orange County history occurred in Seal Beach. On October 12, 2011, a mass shooting took place at the local Salon Meritage hair salon. Eight people inside the salon and one person in the parking lot were shot, and only one victim survived.[11] The suspect in the shooting, 41-year-old Scott Evans Dekraai, was arrested without incident[12][13] and charged with eight counts of murder and one count of attempted murder.[14] Prior to the shooting, there had been only one murder in Seal Beach during the previous four years.[15]


Seal Beach is located at 33°45′33″N 118°4′57″W (33.759283, -118.082396).[16]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 13.0 square miles (34 km2). 11.3 square miles (29 km2) of it is land and 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2) of it (13.45%) is water.


Seal Beach has a semi-arid climate (Köppen climate classification BSh) with Mediterranean characteristics.

[hide]Climate data for Seal Beach, California


Average high °F (°C) 68

(20) 68

(20) 69

(21) 73

(23) 74

(23) 78

(26) 83

(28) 85

(29) 83

(28) 79

(26) 73

(23) 69

(21) 75.2


Average low °F (°C) 46

(8) 48

(9) 50

(10) 53

(12) 58

(14) 61

(16) 65

(18) 66

(19) 64

(18) 58

(14) 50

(10) 45

(7) 55.3


Average precipitation inches (mm) 2.95

(74.9) 3.01

(76.5) 2.43

(61.7) .60

(15.2) .23

(5.8) .08

(2) .02

(0.5) .10

(2.5) .24

(6.1) .40

(10.2) 1.12

(28.4) 1.76

(44.7) 12.94


Source: Weather Channel [17]


Historical population


1920 669 —

1930 1,156 72.8%

1940 1,553 34.3%

1950 3,553 128.8%

1960 6,994 96.8%

1970 24,441 249.5%

1980 25,975 6.3%

1990 25,098 −3.4%

2000 24,157 −3.7%

2010 24,168 0.0%

Est. 2014 24,662 [18] 2.0%

U.S. Decennial Census[19]


The 2010 United States Census[20] reported that Seal Beach had a population of 24,168. The population density was 1,853.3 people per square mile (715.6/km2). The racial makeup of Seal Beach was 20,154 (83.4%) White (76.9% Non-Hispanic White),[21] 279 (1.2%) African American, 65 (0.3%) Native American, 2,309 (9.6%) Asian, 58 (0.2%) Pacific Islander, 453 (1.9%) from other races, and 850 (3.5%) from two or more races.Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2,331 persons (9.6%).

The Census reported that 23,943 people (99.1% of the population) lived in households, 22 (0.1%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 203 (0.8%) were institutionalized.

There were 13,017 households, out of which 1,866 (14.3%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 4,891 (37.6%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 788 (6.1%) had a female householder with no husband present, 283 (2.2%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 383 (2.9%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 66 (0.5%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. Of the households, 6,312 (48.5%) were made up of individuals and 4,340 (33.3%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.84. There were 5,962 families (45.8% of all households); the average family size was 2.65.

The population was spread out with 3,151 people (13.0%) under the age of 18, 1,176 people (4.9%) aged 18 to 24, 4,076 people (16.9%) aged 25 to 44, 6,513 people (26.9%) aged 45 to 64, and 9,252 people (38.3%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 57.3 years. For every 100 females there were 78.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.3 males.

There were 14,558 housing units at an average density of 1,116.4 per square mile (431.0/km2), of which 9,713 (74.6%) were owner-occupied, and 3,304 (25.4%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 2.0%; the rental vacancy rate was 4.4%. 17,689 people (73.2% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 6,254 people (25.9%) lived in rental housing units.

During 2009–2013, Seal Beach had a median household income of $51,242, with 9.9% of the population living below the federal poverty line.[21]


As of the census[22] of 2000, there were 24,157 people, 13,048 households, and 5,884 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,099.5 inhabitants per square mile (810.3/km2). There were 14,267 housing units at an average density of 1,240.0 per square mile (478.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 88.91% White, 1.44% African American, 0.30% Native American, 5.74% Asian, 0.18% Pacific Islander, 1.28% from other races, and 2.16% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.43% of the population.

There were 13,048 households, out of which 13.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.2% were married couples living together, 5.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 54.9% were non-families. Of all households, 48.8% were made up of individuals and 34.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.83 and the average family size was 2.65.

In the city the population was spread out with 13.3% under the age of 18, 4.0% from 18 to 24, 21.5% from 25 to 44, 23.7% from 45 to 64, and 37.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 54 years. For every 100 females there were 78.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 75.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $42,079, and the median income for a family was $72,071. Males had a median income of $61,654 versus $41,615 for females. The per capita income for the city was $34,589. About 3.2% of families and 5.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.2% of those under age 18 and 5.3% of those age 65 or over.


The major employer in Seal Beach is The Boeing Company, employing roughly 1,000 people. Its facility was originally built to manufacture the second stage of the Saturn Vrocket for NASA's Apollo manned space flight missions to the Moon and for the Skylab program. Boeing Homeland Security & Services (airport security, etc.) is based in Seal Beach and Boeing Space & Intelligence Systems (satellite systems and classified programs) is headquartered in Seal Beach.

Top employers[edit]

According to the City's 2009 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[23] the top employers in the city are:

#Employer# of employees

1 Boeing 1,000

2 MagTek 250

3 Siemens Medical Solutions 200

4 Target 200

5 First Team Real Estate 150

6 Farmers & Merchants Bank of Long Beach 150

7 Bixby Ranch Company 135

8 Kohl's 121

9 Spaghettini Grill and Lounge 105

10 Albertsons 100

11 Custom Building Products 96

12 Autism Partnership 95

13 P2F Holdings 85

14 Health Net 75

15 Original Parts Group 75

16 BakerCorp 71

Arts and culture[edit]

"Anaheim Landing" on an 1875 map.

Annual cultural events[edit]

The Lions Club Pancake Breakfast in April and its Fish Fry (started in 1943) in July are two of the biggest events in Seal Beach. There has been a Rough Water Swim the same weekend as the Fish Fry since the 1960s. The Seal Beach Chamber of Commerce sponsors many events, including: a Classic Car Show in April, a Summer Concert series in July and August, the Christmas Parade in December along with Santa and the Reindeer. Also in the fall is the Kite Festival in September.


The record label Mash Down Babylon Records is based in Seal Beach, operated out of a garage known as The Elizabethan. The label was founded by Matt Embree, lead vocalist and guitarist in the Seal Beach-based progressive rock/post-hardcore band RX Bandits.

Other points of interest[edit]

Anaheim Landing (now Seal Beach), 1891.

On Electric Avenue where the railroad tracks used to run, there is the Red Car Museum which features a restored Pacific Electric RailwayRed Car.[24][9] The Red Car trolley tracks once passed through Seal Beach going south to the Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach. Going north into Long Beach a rider could then take the Red Cars through much of Los Angeles County.

Seal Beach is also home to the Bay Theatre, which was a popular venue for independent film and revival screenings. It was closed in 2012 and is seeking funds to reopen.

The Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge is located on part of the Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach. Much of the refuge's 911 acres (3.69 km2) is the remnant of the saltwater marsh in the Anaheim Bay estuary (the rest of the marsh became the bayside community of Huntington Harbour, which is part of Huntington Beach). Three endangered species, the Ridgway's light-footed rail, the California least tern, and the Belding's Savannah sparrow, can be found nesting in the refuge. With the loss and degradation of coastal wetlands in California, the remaining habitat, including theBolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach and Upper Newport Bay in Newport Beach, has become much more important for migrating and wintering shorebirds, waterfowl, and seabirds. Although the refuge is a great place for birdwatching, because it is part of the weapons station, access is limited and usually restricted to once-a-month tours.


Seal Beach on a crowded summer afternoon

Seal Beach Pier

The second longest wooden pier in California (the longest is in Oceanside)[25][9] is located in Seal Beach and is used for fishing andsightseeing. The pier has periodically suffered severe damage due to storms and other mishaps, requiring extensive reconstruction. A plaque at the pier's entrance memorializes Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works, 1938, Project No. Calif. 1723-F, a rebuilding necessitated by storms in 1935. Another plaque honors the individuals, businesses, and groups who helped rebuild the pier after a storm on March 2, 1983, tore away several sections. Most prominent was a "Save the Pier" group formed in response to an initial vote by the City Council not to repair the pier. The ensuing outcry of dismay among residents caused the City Council to reverse its stance while claiming the city lacked the necessary funds. Residents mobilized and eventually raised $2.3 million from private and public donors to rebuild the pier.

Surfing locations in Seal Beach include the Seal Beach pier and the river-"Stingray Bay" (or Ray Bay—the surfer's nickname for the mouth of the San Gabriel River—the stingrays are attracted by the heated water from several upstream powerplants). Classic longboard builders in the area include Harbour Surfboards, established in 1959, in Seal Beach.


Seal Beach, City Hall.(National Registered Historic Place)

The city is administered under a council-manager form of government, and is governed by a five-member city council serving four-year alternating terms. The mayor and mayor pro tempore are chosen by and from the council.[26]

State and federal representation[edit]

In the California State Legislature, Seal Beach is in the 34th Senate District, represented by Republican Janet Nguyen, and in the 72nd Assembly District, represented by Republican Travis Allen.[27]

In the United States House of Representatives, Seal Beach is in California's 48th congressional district, represented by Republican Dana Rohrabacher.[28]


Seal Beach is currently under the Los Alamitos School District. Younger students (K-5) go to McGaugh Elementary School, Hopkinson Elementary School, Rossmoor Elementary, Lee Elementary, Los Alamitos Elementary or Weaver Elementary. Students in grades 6–8 attend either Oak Middle School or McAuliffe Middle School. High school students go to Los Alamitos High School. Until 2000, the Orange County High School of the Arts was part of Los Alamitos High School. In 2000, the school district suffered a major blow when the community lost the Orange County High School of the Arts to Santa Ana, where it is now located.[29]

Notable people[edit]

Andrija Artuković, Nazi collaborator convicted of war crimes.[30]

Robert August, one of the two surfers in Bruce Brown's classic surf film The Endless Summer, grew up in Seal Beach.[31]

Sean Collins, founder of Surfline.[32]

Matt Embree, vocalist/guitarist of the band RX Bandits and founder of the Mash Down Babylon Records record label, both of which are also based in Seal Beach.

Steve Goodman, singer-songwriter and author of "City of New Orleans", "A Dying Cubs Fan's Last Request" and "You Never Even Call Me By My Name" made Seal Beach his home from 1980 until his death in 1984.[33]

Bill Green, former United States record holder in track and field and fifth in the hammer throw in the 1984 Summer Olympics lived in Seal Beach from 1988–1999

Jack Haley, former NBA player[34]

Chris Kluwe, punter for the Minnesota Vikings of the NFL

Greg Knapp Denver Broncos quarterbacks coach. [35]

Pat McCormick, a two-time Olympic platform and springboard gold medal diver (1952 & 1956).[36]

Jack Snow, American football player[37]

Clayton Snyder actor who played Ethan Craft in the Lizzie McGuire TV show and film.

Randy Stonehill Grammy nominated singer/songwriter resides in Seal Beach with wife Sandi

Chad Wackerman, rock and jazz drummer who has worked with Frank Zappa, Barbra Streisand, James Taylor and many others

Bill Ward, drummer, solo artist, and occasional lead vocalist of hard rock/heavy metal band, Black Sabbath.[38]

Bob Welch, professional baseball player[39]

See also[edit]

Greater Los Angeles portal

Long Beach Rossmoor & Los Alamitos Army Airfield - Los Alamitos Westminster Naples, Long Beach & Peninsula Long Beach - Belmont Shore

Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach &Huntington Beach -

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Pacific Ocean Pacific Ocean Anaheim Bay National Wildlife Refuge -Bolsa Chica State Beach Huntington Harbour -





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