A charter city in the southern part of the state, Seal Beach, California, is a community of around 25,000 in Orange County. The community acts as a go-between for the cities of Long Beach and Huntington Beach, right on the northern border of the county, and was established in 1915. A five-member council governs the city, and the median income for a household in the city is just over $42,000.
The city is home to Leisure World, a gated senior citizen community that is home to nearly 9,000 residents. It was incorporated in 1917 and became a charter city in 1964. It makes up an area of almost 12 square miles. The village is home to the 5,000-plus-acre Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station, the primary source of munitions for most of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, and the 920-acre Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge, which together make up two-thirds of land in the community.
Seal Beach's largest employer the Boeing Company, with about 2,000 workers in the area. Tourism is another large industry here, with the beaches and sunny weather bringing in more than 2 million visitors each year. Areas of interest include Seal Beach Community Pool at McGaugh School, Seal Beach Tennis Center, Edison Park & Gardens, Eisenhower Park, Gum Grove Nature Park, the Bay Theatre and the second longest wooden pier in the state.
Several community events are celebrated throughout the seasons, including a summer concert series at Eisenhower Park by the Seal Beach Pier, an annual fish fry, classes and camps sponsored by the community parks and recreation department, a 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular and a kite festival in September. Children living here attend schools operated by the Los Alamitos School District, including two elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school.