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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Housing
    D+
  3. Nightlife
    A+
  4. Good for Families
    A+
  5. Diversity
    A+
  6. Jobs
    B-
  7. Weather
    A+
  8. Cost of Living
    D-
  9. Health & Fitness
    A+
  10. Outdoor Activities
    A+
  11. Commute
    B-
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.
Population
3,164,182

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$652,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,777
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

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
    26%
    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
$85,398
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!
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.