Anaheim is located in Orange County, California, and has a population of 342,410 (2006). Anaheim was founded in 1857 by a group of German families who were grape farmers and wine makers. Located near the Santa Ana river, the city's name literally means
Ana's Home. Today the city has grown into an industrial center, although its most important industry is tourism.
The Anaheim Convention Center is the largest on the West Coast, hosting many national conferences each year. Also important on the tourism scene is the Disneyland Resort, which consists of two theme parks and three hotels, as well as various dining, entertainment and shopping opportunities. Disneyland is also the city's largest employer. In downtown Anaheim, tourist attractions include a House of Blues and an ESPN zone. For music shows, the Grove of Anaheim is a popular venue.
Located 28 miles southeast of Los Angeles, Anaheim is home to the Los Angeles Angels Stadium of Anaheim, a Major League Baseball team. The city is also home to a major league hockey team, the Anaheim Ducks, who play at the Honda Center (formerly the Anaheim Arena). Athletics and outdoor activities are popular, such as biking along the 20 mile trail by the Santa Ana river or playing golf on one of the city's numerous courses. Only 13 miles from the Pacific Ocean, the beaches are an easy drive away while within the city itself there are plenty of parks to enjoy California's natural beauty; and with an average temperature of 70 degrees, locals and visitors enjoy the outdoors year-round.