The California city of Fountain Valley is located in Orange County, about 35 miles southeast of Los Angeles. Bisected by Interstate I-405, the city is also serviced by California State Highways 22, 55, and 73. Air transportation is available via John Wayne Airport (15 minutes away) and Los Angeles International (45 minutes away). Surrounding communities include Westminster (to the north), Santa Ana (to the northeast), Costa Mesa (to the southeast), and Huntington Beach (to the southwest). The city is bordered on the east by the Santa Ana River.
Located in a swampy region originally referred to as “Gospel Swamps”, Fountain Valley derived its name from early settlers who found that they could dig virtually anywhere and find a source of artesian water. Up until the 1930s, Fountain Valley remained a field crop area, producing beans and sugar beets. After that time, the agricultural emphasis shifted to truck crops, such as strawberries, cabbage, corn, lettuce and carrots. Incorporated in 1957, Fountain Valley early on established a master plan for development which served it well a decade later when faced with a large growth boom. Since that time Fountain Valley has often been referred to as Orange County’s best-planned community.