Orange County is situated in the Metropolitan Los Angeles, California. It has a huge population noted to be among the most populous counties in California as well as in the whole of U.S. The most densely populated cities in Orange County are: Huntington Beach, Anaheim, Irvine, and Santa Ana (the county seat). A few cities located in this county are found on the western coast of the Pacific Ocean such as San Clemente, Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, and Huntington Beach. It neighbors counties like Los Angeles County, Riverside County, San Diego County, and San Bernadino County.
Initially, the area was inhabited by members of Native American Groups Juaneño, Luiseño and, Tongva. The area was named Valle de Santa Ana by Junipero Serra, a Spanish expedition leader. This was after the Gaspar de Portolà expedition of 1769. Later, in 1776, Mission San Juan Capistrano turned out to be the original permanent European settlement in the area. Between 1878 and 1888, three cities were incorporated. These were: Anaheim, Santa Ana, and Orange.
Orange County got separated from Los Angeles in 1889 and Santa Ana was identified as the County Seat. The first high school in Santa Ana was opened two years later. In 1892, there was a discovery of oil fields in Brea which led to the production of oil and land blooms for the Northern Orange County. This was later followed by the construction of a permanent train depot in San Juan Capistrano. This brought about the expansion of Southern Orange County to Los Angeles. The first County’s hospital, Santa Ana Valley Hospital, was opened in 1902.
Fullerton and Newport Beach were incorporated in 1904 and 1906 respectively. Huntington Beach, Fullerton Junior College, Seal Beach, and Brea were all established between 1909 and 1917. Farming in Buena Park was introduced by Walter Knott in 1920. From 1925 to 1931, La Habra, the Pacific Coast Highway, Placentia, Tustin, Laguna Beach, San Clemente, and Doheny Beach State Park were all established during the period. The original Laguna Beach Festival of Arts that was held in 1932 gave the local artists an opportunity to exhibit their art.
After the Disney Land was opened in 1955, this was followed by the establishment of a few more cities and places. These include the City of Dairyland/ La Palma, Stanton, Garden Grove, Cypress, Fountain Valley, Westminster, Los Alamitos, Leisure World, San Juan Capistrano, Villa Park, UCI Irvine, Yorba Linda, Fashion Island, South Coast Plaza, Dana Point, and Irvine. Mission Viejo, Dana Point, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Hills, and Lake Forest were incorporated between 1988 and 1991. Laguna Woods and Aliso Viejo were established in 1999 and 2001 respectively.
Orange County serves as a center for very many religious organizations. Some examples of these organizations include:
- The Newport Beach California Temple.
- Islamic Center of Irvine.
- Islamic Center of Santa Ana.
- Forty Martyrs Armenian Apostolic Church.
- St. Mary Armenian Church.
- Family International.
- Pao Fa Temple.
- The Sikh Center of Buena Park as well as the Sikh Center of Orange County.
- The Jain Center of Southern California.
Orange County is recognized as a charter county of the state of California. The county government comprises of elected offices such as the Board of Supervisors (5 members), Auditor-Controller, Assessor, Clerk-Recorder, Sheriff-Coroner, District Attorney-Public Administrator, and the Treasurer-Tax Collector. Apart from the Board of Supervisors, each and every elected official is elected by the voters of the whole county and they supervise their own County departments.
A number of fortune 500 companies have their headquarters at Orange County. These include companies such as First American Corporation and Ingram Micro found in Santa Ana, Western Digital located in Lake Forest, Broadcom in Irvine, and Pacific Life situated in Newport Beach. Irvine is known to be a center for very many startup companies as well as a home for fortune 1000 companies with headquarters for Epicor, Allergan, Edwards Lifesciences, and Sun Healthcare Group. There’s also other fortune 1000 corporations such as Quiksilver in Huntington Beach, Apria Healthcare Group found in Lake Forest and Beckman Coulter in Brea.
In addition, Irvine serves as a home for well-recognized technology companies such as router manufacturer Linksys, PC-manufacturer Gateway Inc., Panasonic Avionics Corporation, and Blizzard Entertainment. Also, the lavish and stylish Mercedes-Benz Classic Center is found in the city of Irvine. A lot of regional headquarters for international businesses are located in Orange County like Hyundai, Mitsubishi, Kia Motors, Samsung, Toyota, Toshiba, and Mazda.
The fashion industry is also not left out in Orange County. Companies like Del Taco and Oakley, Inc. have headquarters in Lake Forest. Hurley International also has headquarters in Costa Mesa. In addition, Milton Security Group (a network cyber-security company) and the Pleaser USA, Inc. (a shoe company) are found in Fullerton. St. John is also headquartered in Irvine. Ricoh Electronics, Rockwell Collins, Safmarine and New American Funding are located in Tustin, California. There’re other fashion companies such as Wet Seal found in Lake Forest and PacSun with offices in Anaheim.
Some restaurants like Wienerschnitzel, Marie Callender’s, Claim Jumper, In-N-Out Burger, El Pollo Loco, and Taco Bell, have headquarters in Irvine City.
Orange County is home to some notable shopping malls. These include Fashion Island, South Coast Plaza (Costa Mesa), The Shops at Mission Viejo, Brea Mall, Downtown Disney, the Irvine Spectrum Center, The Outlets at Orange, and The Outlets at San Clemente.
Tourism is still a key factor in Orange County’s economy. The major tourist hub is Anaheim with its Disneyland’s Resort. There’s also Knott’s Berry Farm that’s located in Buena Park; approximately 7 million people visit this farm every year. There’re plenty of major conventions received at the Anaheim Convention Center all around the year. Throughout the year, people visit the resorts in the beach cities because of their close proximity to the beach, golf courses, mountain hiking trails, biking paths, shopping, and dining.
Orange County is home to a number of universities and colleges. The Department of Education of Orange County supervises 28 school districts.
There’re various other sectors like in sports, arts, and culture that Orange County does well in. With all the plenty of options offered by this city, you can never miss a thing to do while in Orange County.