Primarily known as a bedroom community, Placentia is known for its quiet neighborhoods and strong public safety.The name of the city is derived from the Latin word for “pleasant”. In 1971, Placentia was honored with the prestigious “All America City” Award, given out annually by the National Civic League to ten cities in the United States.
The Placentia-Santa Fe District is in the southwest or downtown area, and boasts some of the best Mexican restaurants in Orange County. People come from all parts of the county to dine in the popular downtown area.
The George Key Ranch Historic District is a historic citrus ranch and Victorian ranch house in Placentia. It is now within the 2-acre George Key Ranch Historic Park, with the historic house museum, outdoor displays, and a citrus grove. It is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The town is also home to the A. S. Bradford House, a historic house museum.
Placentia is a part of the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District (PYLUSD). There are three high schools in the city: El Dorado High School, Valencia High School, and El Camino Real High School. In addition, Placentia supports three public middle schools: Kraemer Middle School, Valadez Middle School Academy, and Tuffree Middle School. The city houses numerous public elementary schools: Brookhaven Elementary, George Key Elementary, Golden Elementary, Morse Elementary, Melrose Elementary, Ruby Drive Elementary, Sierra Vista Elementary, Tynes Elementary, Van Buren Elementary, and Wagner Elementary.