Orange is one of the oldest cities in the area, and this is evident immediately upon entering the city’s quaint downtown area. While many of the surrounding cities redeveloped land in the 1960s, Orange decided to preserve its downtown area, providing basis for the city motto, “A Slice of Old Town Charm.”
Orange appeals to a younger demographic, home to college students at Chapman University and never too far from popular spots around the county. The various shops, delicious restaurants, and exciting nightlife makes the city one of the best places to live in the area.
Places to see in Orange
Peters Canyon Regional Park – The Peters Canyon Regional Park is a hot spot in Orange year-round. The park is home to a mix of wildlife and residential land. It features 340-acres of hiking trails and marsh lands as well as 55-acres of homes and the Peters Canyon Reservoir.
The Outlets of Orange – The Outlets are the center of commerce for the city. The mall features 120 outlets and value stores along with 25 restaurants, an indoor skate park, a bowling alley, and a full size movie theater.
Irvine Regional Park – Opened in 1897, Irvine Regional Park carries the designation of the county’s first park. The park is home to picnic areas, hiking and biking trails, six playgrounds, a lake, and the OC Zoo.
Orange County Zoo – The Orange County Zoo is a relatively small zoo located in Irvine Regional Park. The zoo focuses on animals native to the southwestern United States. Admission is only $2, making the OC Zoo a great spot to bring children of all ages.
Popular Local Restaurants
Cerro Villa Middle School
Canyon High School
Yorba Linda High School
Santiago Canyon College
Orange Real Estate Market: The median home value in Orange is approximately $637,000 (as of December 2016), with a price per square foot of approximately $370. This is slightly lower than the average price per square foot of $389 for the rest of the Long Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim Metro area. The current housing market in the city is cold, seeing a reasonable rise of 6.4% the past year expected to plateau in the next year with a forecasted rise of just 1.5% before December of 2017.
Orange Rental Market: The average rent in Orange of $2,895 is marginally lower than the average rent of $2,900 for the rest of the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim Metro area. The area is very popular for recent college graduates and young professionals
Demographics and More
Zip Codes: 92856, 92857, 92858, 92859
Population: Orange has a population of 136,416 as of the last available census. The median age of residents is 34.8 years old. 49.9% of residents are male while 50.1% of residents are female.
Climate: Orange is located slightly inland and typically has a pleasant climate with very little change in temperature throughout the year. The city experiences warm, dry weather from April to November and moderate rain throughout the rest of the year. The inland location of the city can cause temperatures to be 18 degrees warmer than nearby coastal cities.
Crime: The overall crime rate in Orange is 60% lower than the national average, and safer than approximately 77% of the cities in California. Safety has become a matter of discussion in the city as the number of crimes has increased by 29% since last year.
1.2% African American
Incorporated Date: April 6, 1888