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- Public SchoolsA+
- Good for FamiliesA+
- Cost of LivingD-
- Health & FitnessA+
- Outdoor ActivitiesA+
Orange County is located in California with a population of 3,164,182. Orange County is one of the best places to live in California. In Orange County, most residents own their homes. In Orange County there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Orange County and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Orange County are highly rated.
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I appreciate the diversity of ideas and people. We have competitive schools, relatively low crime, and fun--Disneyland! Regarding the political spectrum, the traditionally conservative county has recently shifted left, as evidenced by the 2018 midterms. However, it is still a wealthy community and I think people are very materialistic, which may not be healthy. The cost of living is tremendously high (the cost of my house can buy a house 3x as large in Texas). Our problems with homelessness and other types of people in need are often overlooked by the vast amounts of wealth held by our residents.
I have lived in Orange county my entire life and have no complaints. I was able to get a quality education in the OC from preschool through college. Their public elementary, middle, high, and college level schools are amazing. Teachers are very open to all students and opinions. When people think of the OC they think arrogance or stuck up or not diverse but it is actually quite the opposite. There are areas such as little Arabia or Diamond Jamboree where you can experience specific cultures and their food. Schools have white, asian, black, latino, etc. Every ethnicity you can imagine is in the OC. It is extremely safe and family friendly. There isn't TOO much of a nightlife but that is okay because this is a place to raise a family. The beach is right in OC and the mountains are fairly close. Overall a great place to live!
Orange County is a great county for families and individuals seeking to locate to a quiet suburban community. Orange County is home to some of the most top rated K-12 public institutions. I have been a resident of Orange County for the past 20 years and enjoy the easy commute routes and countless job opportunities. The county is a very safe and family-friendly neighborhood with minimal crime rate and various protocols implemented to protect its residents. I would like to see changes in housing affordability. Most homes and townhouses for an average household are valued at nearly a million dollars. I would want to see more affordable housing options for residents. I would also want to see a greater increase in minority representation. I would want to see more congressman and mayors supporting minority viewpoints and ideology. I would want to see more diversification in the legal and public systems. Overall, Orange County is a great place to live and I thoroughly recommend it.