A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  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
Population
3,116,069

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$553,600
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$1,548
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    42%
  • Own
    58%

Orange County Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    130
    273
  • Murder
    2
    6
  • Rape
    25
    41
  • Robbery
    72
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    333
    525
  • Theft
    1,558
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    278
    263

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$76,509
National
$53,889
Children
19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    13%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    24%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    18%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    16%
    13%

Orange County Reviews

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Orange County is an awesome county to live in! So much culture here and diversity from places all over the world. There are literally all walks of life and ways to experience the county. Whether you want to dive into the local hole in the wall Mexican joints, or tour down some Indian artwork and taste their dishes custom to south and west India. There is something for everyone! Want to go surfing? Want to check out the museums? Want to go on a nature walk? You name it, you can probably find it in Orange County! So what are you waiting for? Grab a bag and strap up your boots, adventure awaits!
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Full of vibrant activities! There's always a large event going on in Orange County, and with near perfect weather (sunshine, temperatures in the 70's) and gorgeous scenery, Orange County pulls everyone outside. From concerts, to festivals, to theme parks, Orange County has it all.
It is a safe and laid back suburban area 40 minutes away from downtown LA.
The general atmosphere is nice and calm where surfing is really a thing with "Surf City" Huntington Beach. Residents enjoy so many hidden, beautiful beaches.
The economy may not busy but vibrant as city of Irvine and city of Tustin are the incubators for entrepreneurship.
The population is very diverse which Hispanic, Asian and Pacific Islanders are heavily represents here. They bring their culture and food with them to the county. This unique population trait makes Orange County an awesome place to taste and enjoy multi-culture foods.
As public education is improving, University of California Irvine and CSU Fullerton are the hub for college education. For private university, Chapman is the place. Students generally choose public education more then private.