True, you won’t find many of the citrus groves that gave Orange County (OC) its name, but you will find pleasant weather, suburban communities, entertainment attractions, and beautiful beaches stretching along 40 miles of Pacific coastline. As the sixth most populous county in the U.S., Orange County spans over 947 square miles.
The region is also a transit hub, thanks to John Wayne Airport and Metrolink, a commuter train running throughout the county. Scores of attractions keep residents busy, whether it’s theme parks like Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm, professional sports teams (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Anaheim Ducks), championship golf courses, or luxury shopping at South Coast Plaza—California’s largest mall. Orange County lies about 30 miles south of Los Angeles.
Living in Orange County
The County has long been considered an ideal place to raise children, since many of the area’s public schools consistently ranking among the best in the nation. In fact, three high schools (Oxford Academy in Cypress, Troy in Fullerton, and University in Irvine) rank among Newsweek’s top 100 on the “America’s Best High Schools” list, not to mention it is home to the University of California at Irvine, California State University at Fullerton, Chapman University in Orange, and Coast Community College Districts.
Homes range from exclusive beach front properties and picturesque golf estates to homes in nestled the hills and new starter homes in planned communities.
Irvine was ranked No. 6 on Money Magazine’s annual list of “Best Places to Live” in 2012 and No. 5 on Businessweek’s list of “America’s 50 Best Cities” in 2011.
L.A. Lakers Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard reportedly live in Newport Coast.
Huntington Beach is home to the “Surfing Walk of Fame” and the “Surfer’s Hall of Fame.”
The cities, towns, and neighborhoods that make up Orange County include: