Orange County is the third most populous county in California and the sixth most populous county in the United States. The population currently exceeds 3,100,000 which exceeds the populations of 21 states. Orange County is part of
Southern California and the
Greater Los Angeles Area. The county seat is Santa Ana. Orange County is included in the Los Angeles – Long Beach – Anaheim Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Los Angeles County is to the northwest.
National Forest is located in Orange County,
Riverside County is to
the east and San Diego County is to the south. The
San Joaquin Hills run
from Newport Beach to San Juan Capistrano.
Orange County cities include:
Unincorporated communities in Orange
The following colleges and
universities are located in Orange County:
Master planned communities in Orange
||Rancho Santa Margarita
||City of Irvine
||Coto de Caza
John Wayne Airport
John Wayne Airport, established in 1923, formerly named Orange County Airport, is a 500.8 acre international airport owned by Orange County. The entrance to the airport is off MacArthur Boulevard in the City of Irvine. Newport Beach and Costa Mesa also border on the John Wayne Airport. The airport is home base for nearly 500 general aviation aircraft. Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways, and others provide commercial service.
Lyon Air Museum
The Lyon Air Museum is located at the John Wayne Airport in Orange County. The mission of the museum is to “provide a quality venue of inspiration where stories of aviation’s past can touch the lives of its visitors”. The exhibits place an emphasis on the events of WWII and the role the United States has played in shaping history. There are numerous video stations and exhibits including a B-25 Mitchell Bomber. The museum was founded by Major General William Lyon, a veteran of WWII and Korea, who contributed many of the items on display. The Lyon Air Museum is a great place for the entire family to visit. It provides a lesson in United States history.
The Bowers Museum, established in 1936, is located in Santa Ana, California. The museum offers exhibitions, lectures, travel programs, children’s programs, and art classes for all age groups. The museum houses more than 100,000 objects focusing on culture from all over the world. Bowers Museum has established partnerships with the Smithsonian, the Shanghai Museum, the Nanjing Museum, and the British Museum.
Orange County Historical Society (OCHS)
The Orange County Historical Society, established in 1919, is a research, archival, and educational organization, dedicated to the discovery, preservation, and dissemination of the history of Orange County, its people, and the surrounding areas. The OCHS is located in Fullerton at 912 N. Mountain View Place. Memberships in the non-profit organization are welcome.
Orange County California Genealogical Society
The Orange County Genealogical Society, founded in 1963, is a non-profit educational organization in Huntington Beach, California. Its goals are to encourage genealogical research and to educate members in effective genealogical research skills. Memberships are welcome.
North Orange County Chamber
The North Orange County Chamber founded in 1895, is dedicated to the economic vitality and prosperity of businesses in the region which includes Fullerton, La Palma, Orange, Buena Park, Placentia, La Habra, Brea, and Anaheim. Membership provides networking opportunities, low cost advertising opportunities, educational opportunities, and much more. Membership is absolutely worthwhile for any business located in north or central Orange County.
Little Saigon, Orange County
Little Saigon in Orange County is the largest Little Saigon in the United States. Saigon is the former name of the capital of the former nation of South Vietnam. More than 200,000 Americans of Vietnamese descent live in Little Saigon, Orange County. Many were born in the former South Vietnamese capital and came to the United States after the Communist takeover of South Vietnam. While Little Saigon, Orange County originated in Westminster, it rapidly expanded to include parts of Garden Grove, Santa Ana, Fountain Valley, Irvine, and Anaheim. Little Saigon is a great place to visit. There are lots of great restaurants and unique stores.
Midway City is an unincorporated, census-designated residential community in Orange County, California with an estimated population of 9,000. Midway City uses its chamber of commerce and homeowner association, which work together, as the equivalent of a city council. Midway City derived its name from the fact that it is midway between Seal Beach and Santa Ana.
Las Flores, California
Las Flores is a small, unincorporated, census-designated area in southeastern Orange County adjacent to Rancho Santa Margarita on the north and east. Ladera Ranch is to the south and O’neill Regional Park is to the west. The population is approximately 6,200.
Orange County Zoo
The Orange County Zoo is a small eight acre zoo located in the City of Orange, in Orange County, California. The zoo, which is within the 477 acre Irvine Regional Park, exhibits plants and animals that are primarily native to the Southwestern United States. these include American black bears, mountain lions, bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, great horned owls, coyotes, bobcats, bison, porcupines, and more. Orange County Zoo is a great place for the entire family.
Discovery Cube Orange County
Discovery Science Center
The Discovery Cube Orange County, formerly called the Discovery Science Center and also known as the Discover Museum of Orange County, is a first class science museum located in Santa Ana, California. The museum is famous for its ten story solar array cube visible from the Santa Ana Freeway (Interstate 5). The museum has more than 100 science exhibits designed for children. It is an excellent place to visit for both children and adults.
The Fish (95.9 FM)
KFSH – FM
The Fish (95.9 FM) serves Orange County and the Greater Los Angeles Area with contemporary Christian music that is safe for the entire family. The station is owned by Salem Media Group, formerly Salem Communications, and is located in
Glendale which is in the
San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles County.
O’Neill Regional Park
O’Neill Regional Park is a 4,500 acre regional park located in the Trabuco and Live Oak Canyon in Orange County, California. The park offers more than 23 miles of scenic hiking, bicycle and horse trails, two seasonal creeks, 96 campsites, numerous picnic areas with barbeques, several children’s play areas, and an incredibly beautiful, heavily wooded environment.
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park is a 7,000 acre wilderness area in the hills surrounding the city of Laguna Beach in Orange County, California. The park contains the only natural lakes in Orange County and has numerous trails including several that lead to downtown Laguna Beach. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park is part of the 20,000 acre South Coast Wilderness system of parks and preserves that covers the area from Newport Beach to Laguna Niguel, and from Irvine to the Pacific Ocean.
Aliso and Wood Canyons Regional Park
Aliso and Wood Canyons Regional Park is a 3,879 acre regional park and wildlife center adjacent to Aliso Creek in the southern
San Joaquin Hills and southern
Orange County. It borders the communities of
Laguna Beach, and
Laguna Niguel. The park is bordered by the Laguna Canyon Wilderness Park to the north and Laguna Niguel Regional Park to the north and northeast. Prior to the arrival of the Spanish, the area was inhabited for thousands of years by the Tongva People, also known as the
Tongva Indians. Aliso Creek and Wood Canyon Creek drain the park which has more than 30 miles of hiking and bike trails.
Crystal Cove State Park
Crystal Cove State Park, established in 1979, is a 3,936 acre California State Park consisting of 3.2 miles of beaches and tide pools, inland canyons, and the Crystal Cove Historic District. The Historic District consists of 46 cottages or beach houses built in the 1920s and 1930s. Included within Crystal Cove State Park is a 1,400 acre marine conservation area and underwater park, 2,400 acres of canyons, and 400 acres of bluffs that overlook the Pacific Ocean. Wildlife in the canyons include over 180 species of birds, coyotes, bobcats, deer, and mountain lions.
Trabuco Creek, also known as Arroyo Trabuco, is a 22 mile creek that has its headwaters in the
Santa Ana Mountains in Orange County. The creek flows west and southwest before joining San Juan Creek in the city of
San Juan Capistrano. The
Tongva Indians lived along the creek for thousands of years before the area was claimed by Spain and later by Mexico.
Salt Creek Corridor Regional Park
Salt Creek is a 4-mile stream in southern Orange County that starts in several canyons within Salt Creek Corridor Regional Park. It then flows through San Juan Capistrano and Laguna Niguel before reaching its mouth at Salt Creek County Beach Point, where it flows into the Pacific Ocean.
West Coyote Hills
The West Coyote Hills are a low mountain range in northern Orange County and south eastern Los Angeles County located within Fullerton, Buena Park, and La Mirada. While the highest point is only 604 feet, the mountains offer great views of Catalina Island, the Palos Verdes Peninsula, the Santa Ana Mountains, and the Port of Long Beach. The Ralph Clark Regional Park is located at the southern edge of the
West Coyote Hills.
East Coyote Hills
The East Coyote Hills are a low mountain range in northern Orange County located within Fullerton and Placentia. While the highest point is only 495 feet, the mountains offer excellent views of Catalina Island, the Palos Verdes Peninsula, the Santa Ana Mountains, and the Port of Long Beach. The Craig Regional Park is located in the East Coyote Hills.
Coyote Creek Bikeway
The Coyote Creek Bikeway, also referred to as the Coyote Creek Bicycle Path, is a 9.5 mile path that runs along the Coyote Creek which separates Los Angeles County and Orange County. The path begins in Santa Fe Springs and extends south to Long Beach where it joins the San Gabriel River Bicycle Path.
Rancho Los Nietos
Rancho Los Nietos was the 300,000-acre Spanish land grant given in 1784 in present day Los Angeles County and Orange County that included Anaheim, Artesia, Buena Park, Bolsa Chica State Beach and Reserve, Cerritos, Downey, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Lakewood, parts of Long Beach, parts of Los Alamitos, Naples, Norwalk, Santa Fe Springs, Seal Beach, Sunset Beach, and Whittier. The ranch remained intact until 1933 when it was portioned into six smaller ranches.
Santa Ana Valley
The Santa Ana Valley, once known as the Vallejo de Santa Ana, is located in Orange County, California. The cities of Anaheim, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Fullerton, Irvine, Orange, Santa Ana, and Yorba Linda are located within the Santa Ana Valley.
Orange County Chinese Language Academy
The goal of the Orange County Chinese Language Academy is to provide quality Chinese language instruction and to promote Chinese culture to students of all ages. The school, which is based in Yorba Linda, serves all of Orange County.
Orange County Gladiators
The Orange County Gladiators is a minor league basketball team, organized in 2006, that plays in the West Coast Pro Basketball League. The team is based in Aliso Viejo. Home games are played at Aliso Niguel High School.
Orange County Blues FC
The Orange County Blues, organized in 1998, is a soccer team based in Irvine, California, that plays in the United Soccer League, the third tier of the American Soccer Pyramid. The team plays its home games at Anteater Stadium on the campus of the University of California, Irvine.
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South Coast Wilderness Area
The South Coast Wilderness Area is a 20,000 acre system of parks and preserves in south Orange County that include the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, the Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, the Crystal Cove State Park, and The City of Irvine Open Space.
Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park
Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park is a 2,500 acre wilderness park in southeastern Orange County. The park contains 23 trails for hikers, bikers, and equestrians. There are three intermittent streams: Aliso Creek, Borrego, and Serrano. Wildlife is abundant including mountain lions. At 1500 feet, Vista Lookout offers excellent views of the Sinks, Red Rock Canyon, and a large area of Orange County.
North Orange County Chinese School
North Orange County Chinese School, established in 1986, is a non-profit organization. Its mission is to enhance, cultivate, and promote Chinese culture within the local communities and to provide students with an in-depth understanding of Chinese language. North Orange County Chinese School is located in Villa Park and serves all of northern Orange County.
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