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Why Orange County?

Orange County is located in Southern California, with Los Angeles County to the north, San Diego County to the south, and Riverside and San Bernardino counties to the east. There are 34 cities within the county and several unincorporated areas.






  • With a population in excess of 3 million people (July 2011), Orange County ranks the 6th most populous county in the U.S., with more residents than 20 of the country’s states, including Mississippi, Arkansas, Kansas, Utah, and Nevada.

  • Out of more than 3,000 counties nationwide, Orange County ranks ninth in terms of the number of people added to the county between 2009 and 2010.

  • Census 2010 data shows Orange County remains one of the most densely populated areas in the United States, ranking 18th among all counties in the nation.

  • The percent of children in Orange County is comparable to that of the state of California and the entire U.S., which combined with the overall high population, equate to almost 400,000 children under the age of 10.


Sources: US Census Bureau






  • Although associated with a high cost of living, Orange County is fortunate with relatively high per-capita income.


Sources: US Census Bureau, *OC Community Indicator Report, **Bureau of Labor Statistics






  • The county has more college-educated residents than state and national averages.



Sources: US Census Bureau






  • Orange County is home to many Fortune 500 and 1000 companies.






  • Tourism is one of the leading industries in Orange County.

  • Visitor spending in 2011 was up 4.6% for a total of more than $7.7 billion, compared to $7.4 billion in 2010.

  • About 20%, or roughly $1.4 billion, of overall visitor spending was attributed to “Amusement & Attractions”.


[1]  California Department of Finance, Demographic Research Unit, Table E-2

[2]  US Census Bureau, 2010

[3]  CIC Research, Inc., 2011 Orange County Visitor Survey, March 2012.