Placentia is a city in northern Orange County, CA. The population was 50,533 at the 2010 census, up from 46,488 at the 2000 census. This includes the community of Atwood, which is included in the city of Placentia, and is located in its southernmost quadrant. Primarily known as a bedroom community, Placentia is known for its quiet neighborhoods and strong public safety.

The City of Placentia was incorporated December 2, 1926. One of the early pioneers in the area, Sarah McFadden, suggested in 1876 that the area by named Placentia, taken from Spanish meaning “pleasant place to live”. When a town site was finally established in 1910, it adopted Placentia as its name.

Placentia’s colorful history began in 1837 when the governor of Mexico granted the Rancho San Juan Cajon De Santa Ana to Juan Ontiveros. This land grant included the area that today comprises Placentia, Anaheim, Fullerton and La Habra.

Our first pioneer was Daniel Kraemer, who purchased 3900 acres in 1865. Three year later, William McFadden and his wife, Sarah Jane, acquired 100 additional acres in the area. Many other settlers arrived in the following years. Residents built churches and schools as the community slowly developed.

Placentia was placed on the map in 1910 when A.S. Bradford persuaded the Santa Fee Railroad to re-route their track through this area, thus shortening the rail distance to Los Angeles. A station was built and packing houses were established for the town’s growing citrus industry. Mr. Bradford also laid out the main street of the town, in his honor; Bradford Avenue retains his name today.

Mortgage Assistance Program (MAP) is for low income first-time homebuyers is administered by the Affordable Housing Clearing-house under contract with Orange County Housing and Community Services. The program provides a $40,000 silent (deferred payment) down payment assistance, targeted at the population with incomes at or below 80% (percent) of the area median income. Homebuyer requirements: Must be a first-time homebuyer, must meet household income limits and must complete homeownership education seminar.

For additional information and to find out how to qualify for this and other programs, please contact Andres Morales at (949) 306-9260. You may also email directly at

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