2017 Best Places to Live in Orange CountyAbout this List

Explore the best places to live in the U.S. based on crime, public schools, cost of living, job opportunities, and local amenities. Ranking based on data from the U.S. Census, FBI, BLS, CDC, and other sources. Read more on how this ranking was calculated.

  1. Mission Viejo

    • Suburb of Los Angeles, CA
    • 204
    16 Best Places to Live in Orange County

    Niche User: Where I live is literally one of the best places to live in America, in my opinion. The weather is always beautiful, the atmosphere makes you come alive, and the people here are so friendly and fun! My personal experience has been so amazing because of the community I am involved with. I live with great people, as well as in a nice area. There isn't much to complain about.

    I would definitely do it all over again if I had the chance. I've lived in North County almost my whole life, and just moved south in September. South County is so much nicer! I live 10 minutes from the beach, 2 minutes from the mall, community college, and hospital, and 5 minutes from the freeway and my job! Everything is so convenient and beautiful homes.

    I used to live in Northern California, and that was like night and day! There is nothing like the good old OC.

    I see so much growth in Orange County in the future. I see a lot of people awakening into their dreams and purposes for their lives. I think the main downer living here is that everyone is always 'on-the-go', but if we just stood still and took a pause for a moment and really looked at where we were going, it wouldn't have an aim. "If you aim at nothing, you will hit that."

    But I think that there will be a grace in OC and people will start to really want to pursue their heart's true desires. There is so much more to people than a lot of them actually know or see. I believe this is going to happen within this year actually. I think that businesses will start to gain more success because people's mindsets will begin to shift.

    Orange County is also one of the most safest counties in the country. Nothing beats this area and it is a great place to raise a family.
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