Orange County is the 3rd most populated county in California, with an estimated population of 3.19 million people, and is the 6th most populated county in the United States just behind San Diego County, which is also in California and only 2 hours away. Its county seat is Santa Ana. Interestingly, Anaheim, with 352,456 people, is actually the largest city in Orange County, not Santa Ana, which has a population of 334,135. Orange County borders the counties of San Diego, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, and Riverside.
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The average population size for a county in America is 10,000 people, putting Orange County’s population well above average. The most populated county in California is Los Angeles County, which has an estimated population of 10,105,518. It’s also the most populated county in the United States.
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The median age of those living in Orange County who were born in the United States was 30 as of 2017, and the median for those born outside the country was 48. However, the average age for all people living in the county was 37.9 in 2017. This is only a slight change from 2016, when it was 38. Also as of 2017, only 29.9% of Orange County residents (955,000 people) were foreign-born, which is higher than the national average of 13.7%. That rate is slowly decreasing; in 2016, the percentage of those born outside of the United States and living in the county was 30% (925,000 people).
The most common ethnicity in Orange County is White Alone, which make up 1.2 million people (40.4% of the population.) In fact, there are 1.18 times more White Alone residents than any other race or ethnicity. The second largest ethnic group is Hispanic/Latino, with about 1.09 million people (34.2%.) 46% of Orange County citizens speak a non-English language, and Spanish is the most common one at 25.4% (762,003 speakers.) The second and third most common non-English languages are Vietnamese (192,440 or 6.41%) and Chinese (including Mandarin and Cantonese, 85,861 people or 2.86%.)
The average household in the area is 3 persons, and the population is made up of roughly 51% female and 49% male. This is about the same rate as the state of California as a whole. The same percentages make up marital status, 51% of the population are married and 49% are single. Given the amount of people living in Orange County and the average persons per household, the median property value of $679,400 (as of 2017) is 3.19 times larger than the national average of $217,600. This is a 3.82% increase from 2016. Luckily, the median household income is also increasing. The average income grew from $81,837 in 2016 to $86,217 in 2017. The most common career industries by number of people are Office and Administrative Support Occupations, Management Occupations, and Sales and Related Occupations. To search for someone by their industry or occupation, utilize our yellow pages.
Although Orange County is mostly suburban, it’s actually the second most densely populated county in California behind San Francisco County. In fact, there are roughly 3,807 people per square mile. Several cities stretch along the Pacific Coast, including Huntington Beach,Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Dana Point, and San Clemente. The coastline continues on for over 40 miles, and the northwestern part of the county lies on the coastal plain of the Los Angeles Basin. The southeastern section climbs up into the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains. Orange County is considered a tourist center because it houses attractions like Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm.
Orange County is lower than the national average for property crimes. On a scale from 1 (low) to 100 (high), it ranks 31.7, and the United States average is 35.4. Property crime includes theft, burglary, arson, larceny, and motor vehicle theft. It’s worth noting however that property crime means there is no physical violence against the victim, i.e. these crimes are based on the owner being absent or asleep. In regards to violent crimes, Orange County also comes in below the national average. If you have specific concerns, about someone, run a background check to find out if they have a criminal record.
Official Name: Orange County
Name Meaning: Orange County was named after the citrus fruit of the same name (an orange) in an attempt to promote immigration. Calling it “Orange” suggested a tropical paradise where anything can grow.
Year Formed: Members of the Tongva, Juaneno, and Luiseno Native American groups long inhabited the area, but the Spanish mission of San Juan Capistrano became the first permanent European settlement in 1776.
Total Sq Miles: 948