Orange County, California

Orange County is a county in the south of the U.S. state of California and is according to the Los Angeles County, the most populous county in California. The administrative seat of the county is located in Santa Ana.


The area of the county comprises 2455 square kilometers. Of this, 411 square kilometers of water ( 16.74 percent) and 2044 square kilometers of land ( 83.26 per cent). In the North Orange County is adjacent to the Los Angeles County and is therefore also the greater Los Angeles area allocated. Other neighboring counties are San Bernardino, Riverside and San Diego.


The name of the county refers to the orange groves that were there earlier in large numbers present. In the first half of the 20th century, the cultivation of citrus fruits was a major industry, in the meantime, however, has almost no meaning. Less than one percent of employees work in the agricultural sector. Today, the service sector plays by far the largest role. The manufacturing sector is losing importance, but there are jobs especially in the manufacture of computer hardware. In addition, Orange County has as a destination for international tourism, but especially for the usual in the United States getaways importance, since it next to many beaches on the Pacific coast is home to several large theme parks. These include Disneyland in Anaheim and Knott 's Berry Farm in nearby Buena Park.

It was not until the 1950s experienced Orange County 's immigration push. The population tripled to 704,000 inhabitants, and doubled again in the 1960s. Even today, the population growth continues with lower growth rates. Along with the increase in population numbers is the rent level of the highest in the United States. Another side effect of population growth is the chronically congested traffic network.

In 1994, gigantic misspeculations in the amount of 1.5 billion U.S. dollars by the authorities responsible for controlling selected financial officer Robert Citron were known. As a result of these false speculations Orange County had to explain his inability to pay.

Demographic data

1900-1990 2000 2010

According to the census of 2000, there were 2,846,289 people in Orange County. There were 935 287 households and 667 794 families. The population density was 1392 people per square kilometer. The racial the population was composed of 64.81 % White, 1.67 % African American, 0.70 % Native American, 13.59 % Asian, 0.31 % Pacific Islander residents from the and 14.80% from other races groups; 4.12% were descended from two or more races. 30.76 % of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 935 287 households out of which 37.00 % have children under the age of 18 living with them. 55.90 % were married couples living together, 10.70% had a female householder with no husband. 28.60% were non-families. 21.10% of all households and 7.20 % had someone living alone at the age of 65 years or older. The average household size was 3:00 and the average family size was 3.48 persons.

Based on the county the population was spread out with 27.00 % under the age of 18, 9.40 % from 18 to 24, 33.20% from 25 to 44 years, 20.60% between 45 and 64 years and 9.90% were 65 years old or older. The average age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 99.00 males, 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.70 males.

The median income for a household was $ 58,820, and the median income for a family was $ 64,611. Males have a median income of $ 45,059, women $ 34,026. The per capita income was $ 25,826. 10.30% percent of the population and 7.00% of families are below the poverty line. 13.20% of those under age 18 and 6.20% were 65 years or older.


To a wider public was later Orange County in Germany by 2002, produced by MTV movie called nix like Orange County and also the internationally successful television series The OC ( German title: O.C., California) known.

Many well-known bands including Evil Dead, Bad Religion, Social Distortion, The Adolescents, Zebrahead and The Offspring are from Orange County. Other well-known bands are: No Doubt, Ignite, Atreyu, Avenged Sevenfold, Reel Big Fish, Thrice, Something Corporate and the OC Supertones.

Important cities in Orange County

  • Anaheim
  • Fullerton
  • San Clemente
  • Huntington Beach
  • Irvine
  • Newport Beach
  • Laguna Beach
  • Orange
  • Santa Ana
  • Yorba Linda