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  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    D
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A+
  12. Commute
    B-
Orange County is located in California with a population of 3,155,816. 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.
Population
3,155,816

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$620,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,693
National
$949
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    43%
  • Own
    57%
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Orange County Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    130.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    2
    6.1
  • Rape
    26.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    80.2
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    323
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,471
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    279.3
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    14%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    25%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    28%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    17%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    15%
    13%

Working in Orange County

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$81,851
National
$55,322

Orange County Reviews

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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.
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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!
I like living in Orange County because it's safe and easy to get around. I can walk around and feel relatively safe, free from danger. It's not like other cities in the country, like Compton, which is very unsafe and has a very high crime rate. There is a variety of eateries from different cultures, which makes for a very diverse community. There are also a variety of different races and cultures, which makes more for an intellectual and diverse community as well. My experiences here have shaped me to the person I am today. There are so many ways to experience different lifestyles. We have beaches, great schools, great colleges, amusement parks, and much more. It's almost impossible to get bored and there are so many attractions that you'll always have something to do.